Lady Macbeth Roles Self-Ambition In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Register to read the introduction… '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.'

This convinces Macbeth to commit regicide, because being one of the bravest men in Scotland, he could not stand being called a coward. He has to prove to his wife that he still is big and masculine. Although Macbeth has the final say in whether or not to go ahead with the initial killing, he loves his wife and wants to make her happy. Lady Macbeth is the dominating person in their relationship. It seems that she can get him to do anything as long as she does it in the right way, like playing on his confidence. However, as the play progresses, and Duncan is killed, Macbeth seems to become the dominating partner.

Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have ambition; Lady Macbeth's ambition drives her to manipulate Macbeth into the most heinous crime of regicide. Most of the crimes committed by Macbeth were planned out beforehand, i.e. the murders of Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's
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What need we fear? Who knows it when none can call our power to account?'

This sleepwalking and guilt therefore stops her from having any affect on Macbeth; he is now in control of what happens, unlike earlier on in the play.

The witches' prophecies are another main source of fear for Macbeth, after all this is where he has learned everything from. With each new vision, Macbeth falls deeper and deeper into an evil spiral. This started from the witches' first prediction of Macbeth being king, which made Macbeth kill to become king. This was followed by the prediction that Banquo's children would become kings, this scared Macbeth. Later when he went back to see the witches he gained some more knowledge, 'Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife.'. Now that Macbeth has heard this, he believes that he must kill Macduff, however he learns that Macduff has fled to England, so he decides to kill Macduff's family. Macbeth is told he cannot be killed by any man born of woman. This gives him the confidence that no matter what the English do he will not be defeated. In addition he

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