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.
Later, however, she suffers pangs of guilt for her part in the crime, which drives her to sleepwalk.
The witches that Macbeth makes contact with at the beginning of the story influence his ultimate desire to take over the throne as the new king.
Before Macbeth met with the three witches, it’s questionable as to whether he really considered being the king at all.
Lady Macbeth What makes Lady Macbeth so striking in her first few scenes is her manipulative, vindictive nature.
She is a very controlling character yet we see her troubled mind reveal itself as the play progresses.That smaller ambition has bigger ramifications in the overall story than does the lust for the kingship.In the end, the murder of Duncan comes from three sources. Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth appears to be a composite of two separate and distinct personages in Holinshed's work: Donwald's nagging, murderous wife in the account of King Duff and Macbeth's ambitious wife, Gruoch of Scotland, in the account of King Duncan.Lady Macbeth is a powerful presence in the play, most notably in the first two acts.While that does drive Macbeth to behave the way he does and carry out the murder plot devised by his wife, it’s not the biggest reason he does it.Instead of being ambitious for the crown, Macbeth becomes even more ambitious to prove his wife wrong and show her that he does love her, that he is a man and that he can murder Duncan and take over the throne.The influence of the witches may have introduced the idea into Macbeth’s psyche and give him the ambition to take over the kingship.You would think that the overarching ambition was getting the throne by getting rid of Duncan.One is Macbeth’s ambition, one is Lady Macbeth’s influence and her secondary ambition, and the third is the witches and their prophesy that started Macbeth thinking about being the king. Sarah Siddons Charlotte Melmoth Charlotte Cushman Helen Faucit Ellen Terry Jeanette Nolan Vivien Leigh Judith Anderson Simone Signoret Vivien Merchant Francesca Annis Dame Judi Dench Glenda Jackson Angela Bassett Alex Kingston Kate Fleetwood Marion Cotillard Hannah Taylor-Gordon Lady Macbeth is a leading character in William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth (c.1603–1607).