Secondly, Lady Macbeth is seen as the opposite of a female character who appears to be the more dominant couple when finding out about the fate of her husband which she become blinded by her lust for power and driven by the desire to achieve a higher position at any cost. Macbeth delivers a letter to Lady Macbeth informing her about his encounter with the witches. In the letter, Macbeth slowly recalls the events that happen between the witches and him stating, “They met me in the day of success,.
..it came missives from the King, who all- hailed me “Thane of Cawdor,” by which title, before these Weird sisters saluted me and referred me to the coming on of time with “Hail, king that shalt be”” (1.5.
1-14). Macbeth tells his wife about the prophecy that the witches predicted of him becoming the Thane of Cawdor is true and the possibility to be the king afterwards. It clearly shows Macbeth’s loving nature toward his wife by telling her what is happening to his life. Macbeth has a great faith to the witches now that he trusted them and tells his wife to rejoice about what the future is in store for them. This also signifies Macbeth’s confident mindset of assuring afterwards he will be the king which sparks his wife’s ambition to be the queen. By telling his wife about the prophecy, he gets her hopes up which leads to wrong decisions that they will make.
Lady Macbeth is determined that she will do whatever it takes for his husband to become the king. Moreover, Lady Macbeth knows they have to assassinate the king in order to earn the title. She motivates Macbeth to kill the king; however, Macbeth is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” (1.5.
17) to fulfill the job. Despite of all her persuasion, Macbeth still hesitates to take action saying he should not kill Duncan but when Lady Macbeth hears it, she question Macbeth ” Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,” (1.7.43-48). Lady Macbeth persuades his husband into killing Duncan so that he can quickly obtain the royal throne. She is determined for her indecisive husband to gain the position so he pushes him to ensure he continues with the plan and states that her love for Macbeth is based on how he act on his decisions. She continues by questioning Macbeth if he is afraid to act his words into actions and live as a coward for the rest his life or start to obtain what he desires now which will result in gaining the crown. It clearly shows Lady Macbeth’s dominant role in which she takes in charge in the situations where her husband can not handle.
Lady Macbeth is eager for Macbeth to become the king because she knows that if he becomes an important figure, so will she. Their sudden decisions is caused by their vaulting ambition to gain a higher position. Consequently, Macbeth is impatient to see how fate will leads him to be the king which cause him to took the matters into his own hands and perform murderess acts.