While reading through the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, one factor that leaped out of the book is that Lady Macbeth was not a very good wife to Macbeth. She put on an act in front of King Duncan and Macbeth’s friends prior to discussing the murder plan with Macbeth. Additionally, she refers to him with negative insults to try and motivate him to prove her wrong. Then, Lady Macbeth successfully convinced Macbeth into killing Duncan so that they could be crowned as the next King and Queen. The goal of this essay is to bring attention to the fact that Lady Macbeth has been treating Macbeth harshly and did a poor job at being a wife.
Lady Macbeth puts on an act and pretends to be pleased to have King Duncan and Macbeth’s friends over for dinner and for them to spend the night in their residence. When King Duncan entered their house, she announced that they were thankful for the “old and the late dignities heaped up to them” (Shakespeare I, vi, ...view middle of the document...
While Macbeth debated about the murder plan, Lady Macbeth enters and manipulates him using extreme language. She proposes to either take the crown or to “live a coward in thine own esteem” (I, vii, 47), which means to live as acoward. Furthermore, the factor of love is also fumbled with. Lady Macbeth uses emotionaldistress to tip Macbeth over the edge. She says “From this time such I account thy love.” (I, vii, 42-43). She is trying to question why Macbeth can’t perform this action for her, and whether this is how much he loves her. Macbeth is trapped and the only way to escape is to face and deal with the problem.
Macbeth is fully convinced and is now willing to murder Duncan. He also suggests ideas on how to cover their tracks. “Will it not be received, when we have marked with blood those sleepy two of his own chamber and used their very daggers, that they have done ’t?” (I, vii, 85-88) Macbeth recommends covering the guards with blood and using their daggers to kill Duncan. He has no doubt about whether to kill the King or not. Additionally, not only does Lady Macbeth convince Macbeth to commit the murder, but when the deed is done, she does not care for the scared soldier whom just slaughtered his own King. When Macbeth returns with the bloody knife and is traumatized by what he just did, she tells him to “Go carry them and smear the sleepy grooms with blood.” (II, ii, 63-64). Lady Macbeth depicts no moral support towards how Macbeth is feeling. She tells him to go put the murder weapon back and to wash the blood off with water.
Lady Macbeth shows no problems with putting on an act in front of Macbeth’s friends as long as it results in a prosperous gain. She pretended to be a great hostess when the purpose was to get them drunk and have them fall asleep. Lady Macbeth also had a terrible strategy of motivating Macbeth to kill Duncan. She used insults and cruel sayings to push him to his limit. Additionally, Macbeth does get convinced into her plan and she was able to successfully dispose the life of a King in order to try and replace him. Lady Macbeth does not show a trait within her that depicts her as a good wife.