All of this is to say that Lady Macbeth is portrayed as masculine and unnatural. It's pretty explicit: she asks the spirits to "unsex" her (1.5. 48), stripping her of everything that makes her a reproductive woman.
Lady Macbeth is strong, ruthless, and ambitious. It is she who suggests to Macbeth that they should kill Duncan in order to make the witches' prophecy come true. Seemingly more strong willed than Macbeth, she helps her husband recover from his fear after he kills Duncan, and helps the cover up.
Lady Macbeth is asking the spirits to take the milk, which she equates with human kindness, out of her breast. By replacing milk with poison in her breast, she is exchanging a form of nourishment and life to a cause of death. She thinks that the only thing holding her back from “direst cruelty” is being a woman.
Lady Macbeth resists gender roles insofar as insulting her husband, emasculating him, and using hypothetical violence, however, this is also to inspire him to reach the position they feel he deserves; but she does not stray so far as to commit murder herself.
She is usually depicted as a strong, tough woman and, in her drive to induce Macbeth to murder King Duncan, she appears to be that, but, having succeeded, it does not take long for her to crumble and break down, destroyed by guilt, and she ends up committing suicide.
It was unusual in Shakespeare's day for a female character to be so boldly ambitious and manipulative as Lady Macbeth is. She's unable to take action herself, likely because of social constraints and power hierarchies, so she must persuade her husband to go along with her evil plans.
However, Lady Macbeth possesses a driving ambition that ultimately contradicts gender-theory. Women of the Elizabethan era were also stereotyped to be timid and tender, but instead, Lady Macbeth exhibits bold and torturous behaviour.
In Shakespeare's tragedy, the prevalent theme of sexism is depicted in the play when Lady Macbeth, a character of strength and ambition, is shown as manipulative and inevitably weak when Shakespeare portrays her eventual downfall and suicide.
Macbeth is used to portray that men have the capacity to be like women, while Malcolm is used as an example of how a proper man without female influence should act. Shakespeare's use of Macbeth calls into question the unwarranted power that society gives the male gender just because they are male.
However, Lady Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare's dramatic characters, represents an image of the powerful woman. Because she enabled her husband Macbeth to ascend the throne of Scotland. This is when she urges him to commit a crime. Accordingly, Lady Macbeth was labeled as a femme fatale and a disastrous woman.
Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. When we first see her, she is already plotting Duncan's murder, and she is stronger, more ruthless, and more ambitious than her husband.
Scene for increasingly horrifying scene, Lady Macbeth is about the making of a psychopath for whom bullying and betrayal have become learned behavior. The spotlight remains without sentimentality on Katherine and on the falling dominoes of violence that attend her efforts to sustain ownership of her illicit passion.
How does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman?
Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman right from her first appearance in the play. She is given a soliloquy which reveals to the audience that she is determined to make herself as powerful as possible in order to support her husband in gaining the throne.
How is Lady Macbeth a victim to the patriarchal society?
While intelligence from a male character would be seen as a beneficial trait, patriarchy defines Lady Macbeth's intelligence as a flaw and as an indicator that she is unnatural and “unfulfilled” as a woman. Patriarchal society encourages Lady Macbeth to invest herself in the role of mother.
The most central female characters in the play are the three witches: Hecate, who is the goddess of witchcraft, and Lady Macbeth. The men, who are obsessed with becoming more powerful, do not seem to realize that it is these women who are the forces behind all of the events that lead to their gain or loss of power.
In her famous soliloquy, Lady Macbeth calls upon the supernatural to make her crueler in order to fulfill the plans she conjured to murder Duncan. "… Unsex me here…" (1.5. 48) refers to her plea to rid of her soft, feminine façade and obtain a more ruthless nature.
Lady Macbeth is a timeless, tragic heroine who should be cherished not scorned. "It's unhelpful to portray her as wicked or to suggest that because she hasn't got a child she's, in some ways, hollow and barren and inevitably evil," says Whyman. "She's not a villain; she's complex, she's curious – we should admire her."
One of the most vivid descriptions of Lady Macbeth's wickedness is directly after Macbeth announces to her he does not want to kill Duncan. This speech epitomizes Lady Macbeth's evilness. She is ruthless, and her evil accounts for the murders that occur throughout the play Macbeth.
As the wife of the play's tragic hero, Macbeth (a Scottish nobleman), Lady Macbeth goads her husband into committing regicide, after which she becomes queen of Scotland. After Macbeth becomes a murderous tyrant, she is driven to madness by guilt over their crimes, and commits suicide offstage.
Lady Macbeth is the blame for the destruction of her husband because she orchestrated Duncan's murder and did just about everything except actually kill Duncan. She plans the murder and she sets things in motion by giving the wine to the king's servants. She also is the one who makes the signal that all is ready.
Macbeth is the epitome of a psychopath. He presents with many symptoms of psychopathy including his inability to empathize with the ramifications of his actions due to his emotional poverty and lack of empathy, his grandiose self worth and his state of delusion.