The Calamity of Macbeth

Cole Mitchell

Lady Macbeth's Persuasion on Macbeth

All throughout the "Scottish Play", Lady Macbeth constantly is convincing Macbeth to do what she wants him to do belittling him so that she can control Macbeth's actions. Macbeth is Lady Macbeth's husband which makes it almost impossible for him to say no to her schemes because he loves her so much. Furthermore, following Macbeth's actions also comes consequences. Lady Macbeth's persuasion on Macbeth to commit all of these murders and savage choices greets him with harsh repercussions. If Macbeth would have stood up to Lady Macbeth, and made the moral and correct decisions, then he could have not been left to face so many troubles and eventually his own death.

"Character Analysis of Macbeth"

Macbeth starts out on the battlefield and is a well respected man by many people including King Duncan. He has trouble making difficult decisions because of how nice he is, but with the help of Lady Macbeth who persuades him to do bad things, he is able to follow through. He is driven by Lady Macbeth, his wife, to do almost everything he does. "What beast wasn't, then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man"(1.7.50). This quote shows that lady Macbeth is one of the main contributors of Macbeth's decisions because she is challenging his manhood by saying that he would be more of a man if he did the crime. Macbeth, wanting to be manly, decides to commit the crime. He is also driven by the three witches and their prophecies to make some of the choices he does. "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough"(4.1.80). Macbeth has to be driven by Lady Macbeth to commit murders and other bad choices because he is too charming and good that he does not want to do harmful things. Macbeth is "too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way"(1.5.17-18). Also, Macbeth is very compulsive so he often makes choices without thoroughly thinking them through. One more characteristic of Macbeth is that he has a tendency to self-doubt. I think that if Macbeth would have followed his own mind and not done what the witches and Lady Macbeth wanted him to do, then he probably would not have died in the end. Even if he would not have killed King Duncan; I think he could of still became the King later.