Why Macbeth becomes Ruthless in Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth is a tragedy of a Scottish general who dramatically “transforms” from being a noble and dutiful soldier to a ruthless butcher. This is a direct consequence of the supernatural world, his wife’s manipulation and persuasion, and Macbeth’s own ambition. One of the main factors that influenced Macbeth’s transformation was the impact the witches and the super natural world had on him. It is an important theme as in Shakespeare’s day, the audience strongly believed in the existence of witches, the power they contained, and the substantial evil intentions they had. “I’ll drain him dry as hay, Sleep shall neither night nor day”. The weird sisters were the creatures that created the concept of a supernatural world, and their absence in…show more content…
By Shakespearean standards, as Lady Macbeth’s wicked actions imply she is witch-like, she could be considered and classified a witch at that time. As the weird sisters undermined the usual arrangements of society, Lady Macbeth subverted the typical order of sexes within man and wife. During the period which Shakespeare wrote in, women’s status in society was not equivalent to men, they were inferior to them, and their role was to encourage and support any of their husband’s decisions. As their value was subordinate this would result to shocking Shakespeare audiences, due to Lady Macbeth’s authority between her and her husband. Immediately, after reading Macbeth’s letter, Lady Macbeth’s malevolence urges her to plot the murder for the king. She decides to encourage Macbeth and calls for evil spirits to aid her brutal plans, “Come, you spirits… you murd’ring ministers… You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night”. Her talk about defeminising herself and making her the superior amongst the couple, “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here”, suggests Macbeth is weak and powerless in her presence. She implicates her husband of not being physically impotent but soft hearted and sentimental. She confronts him of this and warns him of his manliness and cowardice. She uses these various, manipulative strategies (challenging his manhood, being more aggressive, and defeminising
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