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Timothy Leary once said, "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition" (Peters 175). But is this true in the case of the classic play Macbeth? In Macbeth it seems to be, that Macbeth the protagonist of the play is influence by Lady Macbeth’s ambition. Could this be an exception or was Lady Macbeth lying when she ask to be equal to a man so she could commit the murder (1.5.33.45-61). To understand one must look deeply into the plot and many themes of Macbeth. William Shakespeare uses ambition among other things to imply may different ideas. Thus, Macbeth\'s downfall is a direct cause of Lady Macbeth\'s goading and ambition.
In the beginning of Macbeth, Macbeth is a well respected and loyal Thane of Glamis. He shows no sign of the murderous and ambitious Macbeth later to come; "We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late" (1.7.41.34-35). Macbeth, becomes Thane of Cawdor, and the reader now see the loyalty of Macbeth disappear. He is now become self-centered and power hungry. The final transformation occurs, "Macbeth a basically good man who is troubled by his conscience and loyalty though at the same time ambitious and murderous," toward the middle of the play (Rahim 1).
Macbeth like many has several flaws. These flaws cause Macbeth to be influence by Lady Macbeth. The first is that Macbeth is power hungry, once Lady Macbeth gives him her ambitions he becomes crazed with power. He stops at nothing to meet his goals, "After Fleance\'s escape, Macbeth\'s fear and suspicions fall upon Macduff, whose wife and children he has murdered...." (Campbell 485). Macbeth\'s second flaw is his most tragic flaw and it is that he can\'t think for himself. This is most evident before Duncan\'s murder. At times Macbeth is not wanting to talk about the murder. Then, he has already implemented a plan to kill the king. But, his troubles to think for himself is still very evident after the murder, "Look on\'t again I dare not" (3.4.107.144-145). His emotion are both up and down causing Lady Macbeth to at times to think and control him. Causing and leading to Macbeth\'s downfall.
Macbeth relationship to Lady Macbeth is not only husband and wife. At times Macbeth becomes depend on Lady Macbeth. Causing Lady Macbeth to make decision for Macbeth. There is no better example of this than act one scenes five and seven. "She Decides to help him gain the crown.... Lady Macbeth decides that Duncan will be killed while staying there" (Rahim 2). Later in scene seven Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that indeed he wants to kill Duncan.
The play Macbeth is about Macbeth and his changes. That is why we call Macbeth a dramatic character. Often dramatic characters are also tragic heroes or tragic characters. Which Macbeth is, these changes are a cause of Lady Macbeth and how she effects the play in many way. Including Lady Macbeth\'s ambition effects Macbeth in turn Macbeth kills Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff\'s family. The Murders in turn cause Malcolm and Macduff to revolt against Macbeth. The murders also cause both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to become insane. Because Lady Macbeth is not sane so, she kills herself. Because of Malcolm\'s and Macduff\'s revolt plus Macbeth sanity causes Macbeth dies a tragic death. In the opening of act five scene seven Macbeth shows his sanity and the situation with him and Malcolm; "They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But, bear-like, I must fight the course. What\'s he that was not born of women? Such a one am I to fear, or none" (5.7.181.1-4). This show Macbeth was not thinking with a sane mind, any man with a sane mind would run and live to fight another day. Macbeth acts like he is being possessed by fighting after one of the prophesies had already come true.
Lady Macbeth characteristic cause her to be the tragic heroin of Macbeth. She is very ambitious which shows throughout out the play, "She is ambitious but lacks the morals of her husaband" (Rahim 4) She is also very selfish to Macbeth. And not to leave out, Lady Macbeth is cold; "...(Lady Macbeth) claims she would kill a baby at her breast to honor a vow"