Manipulation In Macbeth

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The Tragedy of Macbeth is not only one of William Shakespeare’s most famous works, it’s also one of his most known and revered, and remains in school curriculum all over the United States. Many different themes can be taken from the tragedy of Macbeth, and the phrase,” Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” reflects the theme of deception, manipulation, and ambition completely. Through careful analysis of just the first act, you can see that Lady Macbeth justifies a distinctive correlation between the tragedy of Macbeth, and the three main themes listed above.

Deception is defined as,” the action of deceiving somebody, oftentimes for personal gain.” In the first act if the Tragedy of Macbeth, the term “deception”
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In correlation to the previous paragraph, Lady Macbeth assumes the role of a “little devil” upon Macbeth’s shoulder. She not only uses the fact that she’s Macbeth’s faithful wife, but sexual attachments to exploit the newly named Thane of Cawdor, and uses him to not only to murder their king, but also as a barrier, in case things go wrong. If you understand basic psychology, then you can understand that the only reason Lady Macbeth is using Macbeth is to ensure that, even if they get caught, she will still retain the Queen’s crown. Since she understands that the Weird Sister’s predictions will come true, then she is practically guaranteed the title of Queen of Scotland no matter what happens. That means that if Macbeth were to get caught (since he is the one committing the murder), she could throw him under the bus, claim she had no knowing of “Macbeth’s” plan. Sure, she may lose her husband in the process, but that’s just a minor casualty to her, because she doesn’t care what happen to anybody, as long she can be the one with royal circlet upon her…show more content…
Lady Macbeth, and even Macbeth himself both share the hope of being King and Queen of Scotland. The only difference is that only one of them is willing to complete a horrible act to achieve that dream. Yes, Macbeth admits that he would like to be King, stating in lines 7-12 on page 20 (scene 4) that,” … Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires…” Although Macbeth agrees that being King would be great, he understands that murder is not the way, because of the three Weird Sisters’ predictions. If the title of Thane of Cawdor was bestowed upon him mere minutes after the witches’ foreseeing of it, then what is to stop the predictions of Macbeths’ kingship. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth falls victim to the darker side of ambition, letting it cloud her mind and judgement, leading to a plan that most normal people would never even consider. The examples presented in just the first act go to show how ambition can completely control one’s thoughts and actions.

Act I may only be a few scenes long, but it still shows the tremendous amount of deception, manipulation, ambition throughout. Whether it is the Weird Sisters controlling Macbeth and Banquo, or just Lady Macbeth controlling her husband, all three of those terms are huge factors used to tell the story of the Tragedy of Macbeth much better than it would be without
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