Lady I, v, 31-36). She persuaded Macbeth and eventually

    Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are both evil but who is the lesser of two evils? They both play a role in the murders committed and bad decisions made but who is the root cause? Though Lady Macbeth did not physically commit the murders, she definitely played a huge role in the entire process. She was the twisted brain behind the whole operation.     When Lady Macbeth is first introduced in the movie, she instantly comes off as evil and crazy. She is power hungry and is committed to being as evil as she can be. She strives to become more evil and calls upon dark spirits to help her. She says, “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 the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature/ Shake my fellow purpose, nor keep peace between” (Shakespeare I, v, 31-36).  She persuaded Macbeth and eventually led him to commit the murders he did. She had so much power over him that she could manipulate him to do anything she wished. Her evil ambition is what kept Macbeth focused on killing. Macbeth eventually adapts to an evil ambition of his own, all thanks to, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth, on the other hand, slowly descended into evil. He was first portrayed as a noble, loyal man, respected by many people. He is even visited by three witches that say he is going to be king. He tells Lady Macbeth of the prophecy he has been informed of and she immediately takes action. She tries to persuade him to kill King Duncan so he can rule with her by his side. At first, he is ashamed of his evil thoughts and is skeptical when Lady Macbeth suggests such a task but then eventually is persuaded by Lady Macbeth and the evil that sparks inside him leads him to commit the murders he did. She had so much power over him that she could manipulate him to do anything she wished. She ridicules him and makes him out to be a coward. She threatens his masculinity. She makes it out that Macbeth is not living up to the standards she has set. She uses her body and her mental characteristics of a male to ultimately get what she wants. “I have given suck, and know/ How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me;/ I would, while it was smiling in my face,/ Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums,/ And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn to you/ Have done to this.” (Shakespeare, I, vii, 59-64).  Once the deed is done, Macbeth only becomes more evil. After Macbeth does the dirty work of killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth praises Macbeth but also insults him. She has a way with words and getting Macbeth’s attention. For example, “Why, worthy thane,/ You do unbend your noble strength to think/ So brainsickly of things. Go get some water,/ And wash this filthy witness from your hand./ Why did you wish to bring the daggers from the place./ They must lie there. Go carry them and smear/ The sleepy grooms with blood.” (Shakespeare, II, ii, 44-50). Though Macbeth is the man in the relationship, he still longs for Lady Macbeth’s acceptance and praise which goes against traditional relationship stereotypes. She is not the average woman. She is the head of the relationship and very much in control of everything. Throughout the whole movie, Lady Macbeth is ultimately seen as the most evil character through determination, ambition, manipulation, and cruelty. Towards the end of the movie, she starts sleepwalking and reliving the night of King Duncan’s death. The guilt overwhelms her and drives her insane to the point of killing herself. The sad thing about it is that her death had no significant effect on the rest of the plot. She was just that evil. All the crimes that were committed, all the mistakes Macbeth made were because of Lady Macbeth. Her controlling and deceiving nature had a big influence over Macbeth and the outcome of his life. 


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