Evil in Women and Its Effect on Macbeth Essay

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Evil In Women and Its Effect on Macbeth

"...My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not." (1.3.140-143). Throughout Shakespeare's play, we see that Macbeth is the victim of evil seduction by women. In the above quote the evil is perpetrated by the witches. Lady Macbeth also plays a strong role in his moral corruption.
"... the influence of Lady Macbeth (though she too has an inarticulate angel struggling against her own evil), and the instigation of a supernatural power all combine to crush his better nature." (Boyce 391). Macbeth would not have even thought of killing Duncan, if it were not for the influence of the witches …show more content…

The women in this play distort Macbeth's intuition so much that he thinks he is doing the right thing. "... his liberty of free choice is determined more and more by evil inclination and that he can not choose the better course..." (Bloom 55). Even after the deed is done, Lady Macbeth greets her husband and "... her greeting recalls the weird sisters." (Ludwyk 233).
This teaches us that even after the murder is done she does not return to her former self. This evil tears them apart. In the beginning of the play Macbeth calls his wife, " dearest partner of greatness..." (1.5.11-12). At the end of the play, however, when Lady Macbeth kills herself, he shows no sympathy. "... she should have died here after..." (5.5.17). Lady Macbeth uses every weapon in her arsenal, moral or immoral, to corrupt Macbeth. "... Lady Macbeth makes a sex weapon in her efforts to spur
Macbeth's ambition." (Boyce 391). This shows that Lady Macbeth sexually enticed
Macbeth in addition to her constant nagging. She succeeded in manipulating him.
"She calls him 'My Husband' (2.2.13) when he has just killed the king . This - the only time she calls him 'Husband' - suggests that she finds him sexually impressive in his gore." (Ibid). Lady Macbeth actually feeds off of Macbeth's acts of violence. She is stimulated by his savagery. Macbeth is not so innocent. "... evil is a perversion of

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