Deceitful Lady Macbeth


Lady Macbeth’s wicked character has an extreme impact towards her husband. Lady Macbeth is responsible for influencing her husband to commit both crimes; she unleashes the dark side of him and motivates him to become an evil and horrendous man. In various parts throughout the story we find that Lady Macbeth strives beyond limits to be converted into a bitter and sour women. The audience is revolted by her horrific actions and although she may seem repugnant, she is an extremely talented actor. In her role, having a deceitful and convincing character is important


We start to see Lady Macbeth’s actions have a huge impact on Macbeth’s character as he transforms from a decent being to an overly bitter creature. The cause of his alteration is due to the fact that Lady Macbeth is constantly excreting heartless information into his mind. "Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour as thou art in desire?" (I;vii;39-41) "And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man." (I;vii;50-51) Lady Macbeth uses these quotes to push her husband beyond limits and is therefore responsible for his dramatic change in attitude. She is constantly feeding his thoughts with negative comments and later on Macbeth realizes that he has another side to him. As he moves along to discover the concealed side of him, Macbeth falls in love with himself and begins to be drawn towards his evil desires. Because Lady Macbeth was the main cause of his new hidden discovery, she is fully responsible for opening up the door and letting the darkness in. This results in Macbeth committing both murders.


In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is overly whelmed by the letter she receives about Macbeth. This pushes her to the extreme and causes her to react outrageously. " Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…make thick my blood…take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers…come thick night." (I;v;40-50) All these images of darkness and horror reveal the true character of Lady Macbeth; she feels the need to become wicked. Her attitude is even more horrific when she calls on evil spirits to come and possess her, taking control of her actions. This sort of behavior causes the audience and reader to assume Lady Macbeth is a psychopath, and therefore would have reason to hold her responsible for having a major impact on her husband and driving him off, enlightening a twisted sinister and threatening dark side of him.


Aside from Lady Macbeth’s insane performance and negative impact on Macbeth, the reader is able to identify her talented side. She may seem dishonest and deceitful, thus leaving an immoral impression on the viewer, but has managed to completely twist the situation around into making herself presentable. "Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t." (I;v;65-66) This is her technique of style used to deceive those around her. The result of Lady Macbeth’s performance is achieved through the changes seen in Macbeth as he slowly transforms to the dark side. Because of her appalling behavior and lack of awareness, Macbeth should not be held accountable for his actions completely since she is the one who lead him towards committing both crimes.


Because of Lady Macbeth’s wicked behavior, which resulted in Macbeth’s evil transition, he was led to become a murderer. Throughout our lives, we are all influenced under pressure, as we see and observe the actions of those around us. Although it may not cause an effect immediately, it will have a great impact towards our behavior, changing us for better or for worst.