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Macbeth: Ambition, Manipulation, And A Tragic Breakdown

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Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The theme is about how one’s ambition can lead to their fall if they let it get out of hand. Lady Macbeth is one of the most aggressive and ambitious characters of Shakespeare’s plays. Much of the fame of Macbeth should be credited to her because it was her ruthless and almost man-like nature that set her apart from other women in Shakespeare’s plays. She is a round and dynamic character in this play because she changes and develops as the story’s proceedings unfold and conflicts emerge. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth gradually changes from being driven nearly entirely by ambition, to being manipulative of her husband to get her ...view middle of the document...

“Why did you bring these daggers from the place?/They must lie there. Go carry them, and smear/The sleepy grooms with blood.” (ii. ii. 45-47)
In Act 2, when the murder of King Duncan is soon to take place, Macbeth starts to feel hesitant with the plan. Lady Macbeth would not hear of this and started to mock him. She questioned his manhood, which is a manipulative but definite way to get any man to submit to a woman’s request. Of course, this sly method of persuasion snapped Macbeth out of his hesitation, and he went on to do the evil deed.
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make them both. (i. vii. 49-52).
From this scene alone, it can be seen that Lady Macbeth is very manipulative of Macbeth. She knows which buttons to press to get Macbeth moving and she uses this to her full advantage. This also adds to her ambitious and cold nature because she is driven by her desire for the throne and she is willing to manipulate her own husband to get it.
In the final two acts of the play, Lady Macbeth is clearly not the woman she was in the first three acts. Her irregular sleep patterns and requests are obvious signs that something is not right. Her demands to have a light on in her room at all times, difficulty going to sleep, and...

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