Her desires and inspiration are very strong, but when opportunity presents itself, she cannot carry through with the act. Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem?
The plot revolves around the consequences of the actions made by the character Macbeth.
These crafty women use female methods of achieving power—that is, manipulation—to further their supposedly male ambitions. Scott's "History of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is far more savage and ambitious than her husband, yet she convinces Macbeth to commit the murders that will make them king and queen.
Had not Macbeth's troubled conscience beset him, which his wife always dreaded, but could not entirely foresee, his usurpation of the Scottish throne might have been a permanent success. Similar to her spouse, Lady Macbeth 's lust for power plunges her into madness.
When she faints immediately after the murder of Duncanthe audience is left wondering whether this, too, is part of her act. Lastly, Lady Macduff, a helpless woman, in her husband's absence, with her children, are also slain by hired assassins.