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Discuss what Caused Macbeth to set himself on a Course of Downfall and Murder From the beginning of the play it is evident that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seek power and control Macbeth strives to be crowned and receive his power by chance while his wife prefers a quicker and more violent approach It is Lady Macbeths desire to control her husband and her wider desire to be powerful that sets Macbeth on a course of downfall and murder This is because Lady Macbeth is unable to gain the power herself due to the status of women in society at the time therefore the only way in which Lady Macbeth can achieve her ambitions is to help her husband become king and then reign over Scotland as queen It is not then only Lady Macbeth that possesses this vaulting ambition to become powerful and be in control After all it was Macbeth himself who approached his wife with the idea therefore he should bear the responsibility Even though it is clear that Macbeths ambition does not exceed his conscience until swayed by his wife This leads us to believe that Macbeths wife has a weak conscience She herself needs little persuading to get to grips with the idea and she even begins a ruthless attack on her husband in order to convince him to the deed clearly showing how important she sees the idea of killing Duncan Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a ruthless overpowering woman who dominates her husband and his actions Lady Macbeth makes Macbeth do what she determines to be best for him by lowering his self-esteem so that he must do what she says in order for him to gain his self-respect back She says such things as When you durst do it then you were a man It is Lady Macbeth who comes up with the plan to kill Duncan because she knows
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