"I can resist everything except temptation." Since the beginning of humankind, temptation and pressure have been major factors in people’s decision makings. For example, in ancient Rome, mistresses usually influenced rulers on their political deciding. This is similar to Shakespeare’s MacBeth, the case of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth. Lady MacBeth wanted her husband to become king, but there was not an opening for that position. There was talk of a regicide between Banquo, MacBeth, and Lady MacBeth, but MacBeth soon disregarded it. Temptation was knocking on the door of Lady MacBeth and soon, she let it in and delivered it to MacBeth, threatening his manhood in order to light his fire. Constant temptation and pressure from his wife caused MacBeth to kill Duncan, the King of Scotland. Lady MacBeth is equally responsible for the murder that her spouse committed due to her constant pressure, her lack of an imagination, and her flat out greed. Some people can be literally "controlled" by someone else as a result of pressure. Hence, temptation by Lady MacBeth was perhaps the cause of MacBeth’s doings.

The threatening of one’s manhood can drive a man over the edge. "…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. Nor time nor place did then adhere [ suitable time for assassination] and yet you would make both…". Lady MacBeth says to murder Duncan would make MacBeth much more of a man. She also stated that it was the perfect time and place to kill the king, so why not do it? MacBeth was tempted only in small doses by the three witches’ prophecy, so the thought of murder was just partly in his mind. However, when Lady MacBeth learned of the prophecy from MacBeth’s letter, a light went off in her head. She really wanted to be Queen so westward she looked. The seduction of her husband would acquire her a higher position in the kingdom. If she had not drove the idea of killing the king in the likes of MacBeth, it is believed that the murder would have never happened. On the whole, the threatening of a strong, self-conscious man’s manhood, and a lovely wife’s seduction will cause a male to do anything.The seduction turns the man into a zombie, causing him to do somthing bad, making the woman (or whoever) partially responsible for the dastardly deed. When you are hyptonized, it is hard to break away from the spell.

Although she pressured and tempted MacBeth, she is also partially responsible for the murder due to her lack of imagination of the punishments that would occur after the murder took place. MacBeth had an avid imagination and a perspective of what lie ahead once Duncan was murdered. On the contrary, Lady MacBeth was blinded by greed and ambition. She never considered the after affects of guilt, and she wanted to be evil for her personal benefit. "Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full of direst cruelty: Make thick my blood, stop up th’ access and passage to remorse…". Consequently, that lack of imagination and need for evil resulted in the eventual suicide of Lady MacBeth, which was aided by an accumulation of guilt in her soul. She tried to "wash her hands" of the guilt and pain of the murder that she helped contribute to, yet she could not clean her conscience.If Lady MacBeth was imaginative and thought about the act of murder before jumoing into it, it might have been pervented. If the couple had imagined the consequences, perhaps Lady MacBeth would have resisted and not made such a rash decision.

Equally important to the pressure, temptation, and the lack of imagination of Lady MacBeth that contributed to MacBeth’s actions, were her own personal ambitions. Even though she was thinking ahead to the future about the couple’s best interests, she did not think adequately enough. What she believed to be best for them was actually the worst possible decision ever made by or for the couple. If she had been a responsible wife of a prominent Thane, she would have not forced her