You are Lady Macbeth. Consider your influence over your husband and your personal ambitions and intentions. It is basically a letter and I have already started the first paragraph but need help...

You are Lady Macbeth. Consider your influence over your husband and your personal ambitions and intentions.

It is basically a letter and I have already started the first paragraph but need help explaining the points.

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juanamac | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Depending on when the letter is supposed to have been written within the text will change what to write about.

If it is early, before the death of Duncan, I would include:

  • How weak-willed and lacking in ambition Macbeth is.
  • Her need to be in control and powerful.
  • The way that she feels inadequate as a woman because she hasn't successfully had children (well, she had a baby, but it is no more).
  • That being Queen would make her happy and more important.

After the death of Duncan I would include:

  • Her lack of trust in her husband, as he isn't sharing ideas with her anymore.
  • The way she felt about the banquet where Macbeth went nuts and everyone left.
  • How she felt as more of the Scottish families turned away from Macbeth and towards Malcolm.

Right before her suicide I would include:

  • Lack of control over her own life.
  • Rising guilt over being involved in killing Duncan.
  • Lack of power because she failed to kill Duncan.
  • That the thought of Duncan being like her father reminded her of her humanity.
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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth exerts extraordinary influence over her husband. At first he is uncertain whether or not to pursue the throne. It is Lady Macbeth who talks and goads him into it.

If I were Lady Macbeth writing a letter about my ambitions and my influence over my husband, I would cover the following points:

  • My intention, as soon as I heard about the witches’ prophesy, was to convince my husband to do whatever it took to take the throne away from King Duncan.
  • I am the one who inspired my husband to seek the throne. At first he was hesitant, but I used my persuasive powers to convince him that he deserved it.
  • I also helped my husband overcome his doubts when he actually decided at one point to quit the plot to kill Duncan. It wasn’t easy, and I had to humiliate him by questioning his manhood, but he relented and went through with the plan.
  • After killing Duncan, I had to help him overcome his guilt by telling him that all we needed was a little water to “clear us of this deed.”
  • I also had to help him think clearly in the immediate aftermath of the murder, as he walked about openly with the bloody daggers in his hands.

If your letter is supposed to cover more of the play, you could conclude with Lady Macbeth talking about how she began to suffer from guilt.

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