Lady Macbeth's Attitude To Power

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Lady Macbeth presents herself as a dominating woman in her family and her desire for the throne stimulates her to be commanding over her husband. By controlling and manipulating Macbeth to perform her plan, Lady Macbeth exhibits superiority and dominance over her husband. Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeth’s change of heart about killing Duncan and calls Macbeth, “a coward in thine own esteem,/ Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’/ Like the poor cat i’ the adage?” (1.7.43-45). Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeth’s manhood by calling him a coward, and makes him feel emasculated. She wants to control Macbeth and make him do according to her plans. She acts as a dominating woman and tells Macbeth what she wants to do for she can not achieve the throne …show more content…
Lady Macbeth asks Macbeth, “you were a man;/ And, to be more than what you were, you would/ Be so much more the man.” (1.7.51-53). Lady Macbeth repeatedly questions Macbeth’s manhood since he lacks the strength to do what needs to be done. She berates and humiliates Macbeth in order to manipulate him to do her will. According to Elizabeth Klett, “Lady Macbeth’s main persuasive tactic is to question her husband’s manhood” (1). Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeth’s manliness so that he feels shameful and does what she tells him to do. She controls her husband and gives him the necessary instructions on what to do. She does not have female weakness, but instead she has masculine mind. Lady Macbeth as a woman demonstrates herself with the ability to keep her husband dependent on her. According to Sadowski, “Lady Macbeth regards her husband as psychologically dependent on her, not unlike a mother guiding her adolescent son” (7). Lady Macbeth makes her husband feel uncomfortable about his masculinity and convinces him to follow her instructions. She makes him commit the crime so that her desire is achieved. Even though she is a woman she is not dependent on her …show more content…
Lady Macbeth presents herself using her fiend mind to achieve her goal of making herself the queen. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth, “Thus thou must do, if thou have it;/ And that which rather thou dost fear to do” (1.5.18-19). Lady Macbeth asserts Macbeth with instructions by counseling him to help make her ambition successful. She guides Macbeth so that her lust for the throne is achieved. She as a woman tells her husband how to perform her plan. According to Clayden, “Lady Macbeth is regarded as a mere tempter and fiend. She is, in reality, nothing of the kind” (6). Lady Macbeth does not feel sympathy for anybody. She is selfish and only cares about what is good for her. She wants her plan to be successful and does not care how her plan affects others. Lady Macbeth persuades herself to be a dominating woman and she wants to fulfil her dream of becoming the queen. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth, “Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act and valour/ As thou art in desire?” (1.7.39-41). Lady Macbeth does not want Macbeth to be frustrated while he performs her plans. She does not want her well thought plan to fail at any cost. She has the lust for power, which makes her become the dominating woman. She wants to accomplish her desire to become queen

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