Lady Macbeth Is Essentially the Villain in Macbeth Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is the true villain of the play as she is evil, ambitious and eventually insane. Lady Macbeth masterminded the idea to kill King Duncan and planted the vision into Macbeths mind, she convinced Macbeth to commit such a crime, and her love for her husband was eventually overruled by her determination and lust for power. Throughout the play she starts to show her true colours and the destructive force of her ambition, which inevitably results in nothing but disaster.

Lady Macbeth is essentially an evil woman. She condones the death of innocent people and even wishes she were a man so she could commit murder herself. The idea to murder King Duncan was thought of by no other than Lady Macbeth,
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Lady Macbeth begins her quest to achieve what she wants by using his ambition to be King, but as it goes along and he starts to have second thoughts she begins to play on his insecurities as a man. “Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’s 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' th' adage? “ Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth with by basically asking him if he will take the crown he desires badly, or will he live as a coward. She also gives him the strength to commit the murder by offering her assistance when she says to Macbeth “will I with wine wassail so convince that memory, the warder of the brain shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason a limbeck only”, planning to get them intoxicated so they can not give a statement about the murder and they cannot be convicted, therefore covering Macbeths tracks. Throughout convincing Macbeth to commit the murder, the lust and thrill of the thought of gaining the status as Queen becomes to override her love for her husband.

Rather than having concern for her husbands ill health when he see’s Banquos ghost, Lady Macbeth worry’s more about the fact that he could be deemed unfit to continue as role of thane and his progression towards becoming King, this outlines that ambition is a stronger emotion than her love for her husband. In her madness on her quest, Lady Macbeth is willing to

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