Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1718 Words Mar 11th, 2015 7 Pages
It only took three tempting prophecies, three weird witches, one ambitious thought, and one murderous deed to change the destiny of one character’s life forever. The play, Macbeth, follows Macbeth, an honorable and high ranking person who is influenced by three witches and their three enthralling prophecies that grant him noble titles. After Macbeth is deemed Thane of Cawdor, he is influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth, who wanted power, to kill King Duncan and achieves the second prophecy of being king. While Lady Macbeth is contempt with her new position, Macbeth fears the security of his throne and orders murderers to kill Banquo and the family of Macduff. In the end, Macbeth becomes a corrupt tyrant and dies at the hands of Macduff, Malcolm, Duncan’s son, becomes king, and Lady Macbeth commits suicide due to her paranoia of not being pure. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, the wife of Macbeth, plays an influential role in the play. She started off as an atypical female character, who was masculine, ambitious, power-hungry, headstrong, and evil, persuading Macbeth to kill the king so she can gain power and status. However, in the end, the guilt and impurity of killing the king got to her through sleeplessness and hallucination, leading to her eventual downfall and death as a character. Furthermore, due to her characteristics of being masculine in the beginning and weak and feminine at the end, she influences the theme, Masculine versus Feminine. From the onset of Lady Macbeth’s…

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