What Is Lady Macbeth's Quest For Power

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Once one decides to use violence to further their quest for power, it is difficult to stop. In the tragic play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses the role of Lady Macbeth to convey how ambition for power can drive a person to commit immoral acts. For instance, when Lady Macbeth becomes aware of Macbeths prophecies that he received from the three witches, she was driven to have him gain the royalty any way possible. Lady Macbeth continually ridiculed and ultimately persuaded Macbeth to kill King Duncan, telling him, "live a coward in thine own esteem,/ Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would”/ Like the poor cat i’ the adage?”(I.vii.47-49). The opportunity of becoming the Queen of Scotland and there for having her husband be king drives her to use her power to make her husband kill.…show more content…
Early on in their murderess spree, Lady Macbeth is calm about any events at hand, Shakespeare uses her to slowly show how the horrible acts will slowly catch up with ones soul and mind but in the start it is merely nothing. With blood stained hands and Macbeth not being able to comprehend what he had just accomplished, Lady Macbeth must take it into her own hands; “Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted devil.”(II.i.67-69). With everything that she possibly has in store she can’t risk anything. Shakespeare waited till enough atrocities were committed to have it all break Lady Macbeth. Once the killings were too much for her to handle she lost her ambition and desire for power, Lady Macbeth could no longer handle the burdens of what Macbeth and herself had done. “a soldier, and

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