Is Lady Macbeth Good Or Evil

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“Double, double toil and trouble”, ( ) these four words arguably set the stage for the pursuit of power over the land of Scotland. In the play we can see that the prophecies of the witches, the influence of Lady Macbeth, and even Macbeth’s aspirations himself, all contribute to the atrocities performed by Macbeth. I argue that the killings Macbeth performed was not entirely of his own accord. Yes, Macbeth himself derived a lot of his own problems, but he was mostly moved along by other influences. The persistent and nagging nature of his strong willed wife, backed by the escalating prophecies by the witches made Macbeth fall into the category of a murderer. In the play the witches contributes a major start to the fire that fully…show more content…
Either way the role of Lady Macbeth in this play contributes and kickstarts the path Macbeth was ensured to take. Lady Macbeth does the enabling that the witches knew they wouldn't have to do. Lady Macbeth is the pushy, obsessive wife that, basically, bullies her own husband into regicide. Lady Macbeth acts like the catalyst to Macbeth’s teetering decision to murder. While Macbeth himself is ambitious, his wife is even more so. She manipulates him to committee the acts he does, even while being confined by social stigma of a women. Lady Macbeth throws herself to deepening into the notion of queen that she wishes to ‘unsex’, herself. If Lady Macbeth were in the position of Macbeth she would have killed the people ‘needed’ to be killed long before Macbeth was even convinced to do so. The ambition of Lady Macbeth is too strong to be ignored or even reasoned with by Macbeth. “Art thou afeard? To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," Like the poor cat i' the adage?” ( ). Even here the intensity of Lady Macbeth is too much to hold back, she even questions Macbeth’s manhood. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is a strong but twisted one. When throwing themselves into this quest for the throne, they had to develop a strong relationship based on openness and trust. Even though they seem to have a equal relationship, the clearly dominant one is Lady Macbeth. She pushes Macbeth to kill King Duncan, she is his driving force every time he thinks its time to quit. Macbeth is trapped in the constant pushing and prodding of his own wife. The woman orders him to kill and he obeys, even when he crumbles from his act of first murder, she is there to pick him up. When Macbeth is seeing Banquo’s ghost, she controls the situation,

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