Essay on Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and Evil

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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and Evil

In a play that is abundant in evil occurrences, Lady Macbeth is the overriding source of evil in the first act. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan, despite Macbeth listing eight reasons against the murder. When
Macbeth is alone, we discover that he is a loyal thane to Duncan, not a murdering savage. When Duncan is in his house at Inverness, Macbeth comes to a decision not to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth, who decided strongly against murdering Duncan, to go ahead with their plan to murder Duncan.
Lady Macbeth is very successful at persuading him to do things that he knows are wrong. Macbeth is not an evil person, but when he is allowed to be influenced by
Lady Macbeth, he is
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This is the first humane feeling that we see from Lady
Macbeth in the play. Her desires and inspiration are very strong, but when opportunity presents itself, she can not carry through with the act. Therefore, she uses her husband's vulnerability to persuasion to achieve her dreams. The relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is based on political triumphs, not love.Lady Macbeth often accuses her husband of talking but not carrying through his ambitions. Although, she often talks about becoming queen of Scotland and murdering Duncan, she never does anything to help this cause.
The qualities that it takes to murder a king are not present in Lady Macbeth.
She recognizes this, and convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan so she can achieve her dreams. Macbeth's reign as king of Scotland will be short, yet she will enjoy royal luxuries long after her husband is dead. Lady Macbeth is only concerned with the advantages she can have by being married to Macbeth. If Macbeth becomes king by murdering many people, she can reap the benefits of his killing without doing anything. When Macbeth considers not murdering Duncan, Lady Macbeth quickly becomes offended and she accuses her husband of not being a man. Just mentioning the prospect of not murdering Duncan infuriates Lady Macbeth. She refuses to accept the possibility of failure and she is obsessed with the process of gaining absoulute power.. Lady