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Macbeth, a play about ambition and desire by William Shakespeare, looks into the corruption and fall of a man named Macbeth. The play consists of the supernatural with the witches and medieval-Scotland stigma. The play introduces a man named Macbeth who is destined to become king one day. However, Macbeth wishes to speed the process up and kills anyone on his way to a king and anyone that still poses a threat afterwards. Towards the end, he is finally put to a stop after he has lost everything. Macbeth ruins his life and becomes evil because of The Witches, Lady Macbeth, and King Duncan’s actions.Body Paragraph 2: Lady Macbeth is a very influential person who forces Macbeth onto a path of deception, murder, and lies. To begin, Lady Macbeth is Macbeth’s wife and his “dearest partner of greatness.” As Lady Macbeth is in their home of Glamis, she reads Macbeth’s letter sent shortly after he became Thane of Cawdor and discovers that he will be king hereafter, she says, “Yet I do fear thy nature. It is too full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way… Thou wouldst not play false…Thus thou must do…That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue” (1.4.13). Since Macbeth will become king, Lady Macbeth will become queen, giving Lady Macbeth a position of power. This shows that Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to become king only so that she can gain a position of power as well. Adding on, Lady Macbeth believes that Macbeth is too weak because he has the milk of human kindness. This is a problem for her because in order to gain the crown they must commit murder–the most heinous form of deception. She wants to rid Macbeth of his weakness by pouring her evil ‘spirits into his ear.’ She does not want fate to take its course and let the card play out as they may; she would rather have an influence over it. Specifically, Lady Macbeth wishes to speed this process up and when Macbeth comes back to the castle, she shares a plan to murder King Duncan. She believes that there is no other way to become king except by killing Duncan. However, Macbeth believes that there are different ways, better ways, that do not involve killing. Lady Macbeth will have none of it. Lady Macbeth pledges that she will even consort with the supernatural to ensure she gets what she wants. The reader soon realizes that if that fails, she will insult Macbeth until he murders the king. Macbeth eventually gives into Lady Macbeth’s plans and kills King Duncan but it all starts when she reads the letter and gets the idea or inspiration to persuade her husband to commit treason and regicide. Furthermore, while Macbeth is debating whether or not to kill King Duncan, he confronts Lady Macbeth who further influences into doing the deed. Macbeth convinces himself not to proceed with Lady Macbeth’s plan but she then decides to verbally assault him. Lady Macbeth says, “Was the hope drunk… And it wakes now so green and pale… Such I account thy love… When you durst do it, then you were a man, and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more than the man… Babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling on my face, have plucked the babe off from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out had I so sworn as you have done it this.” (1.7.39-64). Lady Macbeth begins to insult and says Macbeth that his ambition to become king is similar to a drunkard. She thinks that killing the king was something that he wants to do in the moment, and now that he is more aware, more reflective of what he will do, he no longer wishes to do it. She notices that Macbeth looks as if he sees a monster in the mirror and is aware of the evil deed Macbeth is about to do. Macbeth most likely does see a monster in the mirror: himself. Lady Macbeth then questions whether or not he is a man. This is a tremendous insult in the Medieval Times. Physically being a man but acting cowardly is shameful. Macbeth, a general and a warrior, takes great offence to this and soon caves. Lady Macbeth brings in the coup de grace and brings out Macbeth’s biggest weakness: his love for her. She begins questioning whether or not he actually loves her, and whether or not he will do this deed. Lady Macbeth supports this by using an analogy that if she had to promise, she would kill her own child while he is being fed and nurtured. She brings up a point about promises, and how they are meant to be kept when made. During medieval times, a woman murdering her own child is shocking and the fact she says she will easily do so shows to what lengths she will go to get her husband to kill the king. She is truly responsible for coercing him and everything that happens after is her fault. Finally, after Macbeth kills King Duncan, he goes to his wife who immediately notices the tension and regret in Macbeth. She finds this another way to verbally harass Macbeth and says, “A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight. Consider it not so deeply. These deeds must not be thought of these ways. So, it will make us mad. You do unbend your noble strength, to think So brainsickly of things” (2.2.28-55). Macbeth, like any other person who has killed someone else, is no longer able to cope with the harsh reality of murder. Macbeth is guilt-stricken that he has killed someone, almost a friend, for his own selfish desires. This is proven when Lady Macbeth notices and immediately denounces and shames Macbeth for his weakness. She claims that seeing such a great and powerful man regretful of killing someone should be shameful for Macbeth. This forces Macbeth to toughen up and become psychopathic, removing all emotion and remorse from him. If Lady Macbeth had not made Macbeth feel horrible of himself, he would not have become evil and they would both be alive and living happily. Lady Macbeth says that Macbeth should not think about the murder too much because if they do, then they will become mad. This is ironic because both the lady and Macbeth do exactly such which ruins their rule and makes them both lose their lives. Lady Macbeth herself becomes conscious of her mistakes and ends up killing herself. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth asks Macbeth to gather his strength to repel his conscience. Macbeth at first fails in this by seeing visions of those he kills but later loses all good in him and becomes the evil man. If Lady Macbeth did not pressure Macbeth to bottle his emotions up to the point where he is no longer sane, then he would not have committed any of the crimes. Lady Macbeth finishes by making a good point: Macbeth is general and has fought in many wars. As a result, he kills many people during battle and both his enemies and comrades consider him”ruthless.” Lady Macbeth tells him to gather his “noble strength” and not to think of murdering Duncan. She wonders why Macbeth is reacting in such a negative way from murdering Duncan even though he has killed many other people in battle. Lady Macbeth does not see the value of friendship and forces him to suppress his emotions causing him to lose his sanity and becoming an evil man. Ultimately, all the bad that happens in the play are due to the influences of Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth’s actions cause Macbeth to become an evil man, however, King Duncan is to blame as well for being too soft on a king.Conclusion: The most powerful and influential characters that turn Macbeth evil are Lady Macbeth, The Witches and King Duncan. Throughout Macbeth a common theme is seen, ambition and desire. From this theme, the entire play acts out with the story of a man who slowly becomes evil, Macbeth. He begins with a life of honour, dignity and pride but ends with shame, evil, and corruption. However, he becomes greatly overconfident and dies by the hands of Macduff, who puts an end to him and a broken Scotland. The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare concludes with disaster and is a true Shakespearean tragedy.