Macbeth Essay

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All human beings are victims. Humans are not evil but are victims of evil and its influences. Some influences that dictate humans act in unnatural and evil ways are clear such as envy, jealousy, and greed. On the other hand, there are influences that are more subtle such as securing one's highest ambition. Fulfilling one's highest ambition can influence a person and dictate (him or her) he or she to act in an unnatural way. One of the many victims of evil is Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Lady Macbeth's devotion to her husband, unselfish love for him, and her superhuman and strong will dictates she act in an unnatural way to secure the ambitions of her husband.

Lady Macbeth's devotion to her husband is one of the influences that dictates she act in unnatural way to secure her husband's ambitions. One example of her devotion to her husband is when she reads the letter he sent her and expresses clearly how she will encourage Macbeth to fulfill his ambitions using fearless words to drive away what stands in his way and the crown, "Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round." Another example is when Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth, "Only look up clear; To alter favour ever is to fear: Leave all the rest to me." Here Lady Macbeth not only advises Macbeth to be confident, raise his eyes, that a change in one's look reveals fear and thus arouses suspicion, but also tells him that she will take things into her own hands to secure him the crown. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth plots the murder of Duncan and convinces Macbeth to execute the murder so he can achieve his highest ambition. She tells him the plan, "When Duncan is asleep...upon His spongy officers who shall bear the quilt Of our great quell?" Thus, Lady Macbeth's devotion to her husband dictates she act in an unnatural way to secure the ambitions of her husband.

Lady Macbeth's unselfish love for Macbeth is another influence that greatly dictates she act in an unnatural way to secure her husband's ambitions. For one thing, her motive for the crime is her unselfish love for Macbeth, for whom she would like to get the throne so that he might achieve his highest ambition. This motivation is seen as Lady Macbeth reads his letter to her, her comments show that she knows her husband's character, admires his greatness, loves him, and intends to help him achieve his ambition. In addition,...

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