The Struggle Between Good And Evil In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Upon reading Macbeth’s letter, Lady Macbeth is tempted by the idea of him becoming “what thou art promised,” (1.5.16) that being King of Scotland. However, she also believes that “yet do I fear thy nature;/It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness/to catch the nearest way.” (1.5.16-18) Immediately, she antagonizes Macbeth’s moral nature while showing herself to be influenced by the words of the Weïrd Sisters, who are supernatural agents of the devil. She then refers to milk, something naturally produced by mothers, as a metaphor for what is moral within a human being. She concludes the line by alluding to killing Duncan, though not explicitly, by calling it “the nearest way,” or the most convenient way for Macbeth to become king. She further explains her thoughts on her husband, saying that he is “not without ambition, but without/the illness should attend it.” (1.5.19-20) Though Lady…show more content…
She also believes that murdering Duncan is “that which rather thou dost fear to do,/than wishest should be undone.” (1.5.27-28) She considers Macbeth to be afraid of killing him, rather than something that he outright does not want to do. She then wishes to “pour my spirits in thine ear/and chastise with the valor of my tongue/all that impedes thee from the golden round.” (1.5.29-31) By saying this, she shows that she is entrenched in her own desire for power and status. She also makes clear that she has no objections to coercing Macbeth into doing whatever he needs to do in order to obtain the crown, “which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem/to have thee crowned withal.” (1.5.31-32) She refers to the Weïrd Sisters’ words, which were a mechanism to guide Macbeth’s actions, as if they were a prophecy. This indicates how she has been manipulated by the supernatural to think evil thoughts, a theme that persists throughout the
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