Shakespeare her plot, choosing when and how they

Shakespeare
shows Lady Macbeth as a conflicted character. After receiving Macbeth’s letter
about the witches’ predictions, she endeavours to resemble a man in her
actions, with a specific end goal of becoming Queen of Scotland. Lady Macbeth
seems, by all accounts, to be extremely compelling in arranging things to
further her plot, choosing when and how they should execute Duncan, and
rebuking her husband for not acting more like a man: ‘I may pour my spirits in
thine, And chastise with the valour of my tongue, All that impedes thee from
the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem, to have thee
crowned withal’1
Lady Macbeth decides to ‘chastise’2 her husband with the
“valour of her tongue’3. This particular speech
portrays Lady Macbeth as the authoritative spouse within the relationship which opposes
the typical gender and social norms of that time period. Yet,
in spite of these capacities, she is the motivation behind Macbeth’s seizure of
the throne.