Lady Mcbeth - The Villain

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In Shakespeare's Tragedy Macbeth, one of the most effect causing and ambitious characters in the play is Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is the wife of Macbeth. She is more villainous and evil than him. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both have thoughts of killing the king Duncan in order to inherit the power over Duncan's kingdom but Lady Macbeth is already worried that Macbeth is too kind and is without the evil that is needed to do this deed. So she uses her cunning thoughts and words to change Macbeth's mind back to performing this gruesome task.

A very good example of her using cunning words is when she says "From this time such I account thy love," (I. vii. 38) meaning that Macbeth's love comes from drunkenness. She also challenges Macbeth's manhood by saying

When durst do it, then you were a man; And, to

be more than what you were, you would be so

much more the man (I.

vii. 49-51)

Meaning that he's not a man, if he can't follow his original plan. By hearing this Macbeth feels like he needs to prove to Lady Macbeth and earn her respect. So he goes along with his plan on murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth uses her cunning and influential powers to change Macbeth's decision from his own better judgment. Lady Macbeth uses her influential powers on other characters in the play too. When in banquet hall Macbeth is Hallucinating and claiming that he is seeing Banquo's ghost. Lady Macbeth uses her cunning speech to persuade the guests attending the banquet that Macbeth is sick, and he is not feeling well, the guests accept this explanation. Even after the murder of King Duncan Lady Macbeth shows that she is shocked hearing the death, though when she is the mastermind behind...