The “damned spot” which Lady Macbeth refers to is the blood left by the murder of Macbeth, a symbol of guilt. This scene is ironic as in Act 2 Scene 2, Lady Macbeth stated: “A little water clears us of this deed” Despite saying that by simply washing their hands, the murder would be forgotten, she is now repetitively rubbing her hands but unable to remove thoughts of the murder. Additionally, in the 17th century, sleep was a symbol for conscience and sleepwalking was a sign of a disturbed mind and indeed, in Act 5 Scene 5, driven by madness, she commits suicide. In the Elizabethan Era, it was commonly believed that anyone who committed suicide, would not be granted passage to the afterlife. Lady Macbeth’s suicide suggests to the audience her certainty of being denied the afterlife after murdering
The tone of the poem went from sweet to scary. Worms taking the mistresses virginity is suppose to make the mistress realize that there is no point on preserving her “honor” when it will just go with her to the grave. The speaker goes on about and describes her “quaint” turning into dust. During that time period, quaint meant vagina. Then says how his “lust” will turn into ashes.
If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore” (Article Freud). This quote further proves that Lady Macbeth was displaying repressed guilt through her unconscious mind. Freud also explains that it is within human nature to feel guilt. In the play, human nature, in the sense of guilt, led to the downfall of Lady Macbeth’s character. This can also tie into an universal message from Shakespeare: guilt leads to
Lady Macbeth’s fall into insanity in Act 5, scene 1 reveals the pain that has been inflicted on her mind, this scene also reveals the other characters giving up on their queen. This scene is an essential part of the play that truly exposes Lady Macbeth’s character through her insanity and suicide. This can be acknowledged and connected to the characteristics of the ‘mad-hatter’ character, which was abandoned by society for being mentally ill, even though the character was just a victim of a mind-deteriorating poising. I have chosen an alternative reading as, this far in the play Lady Macbeth has just became filled with guilt, which is marginalised as her being insane. This was not explored in great depth, whereas, this alternative reading offers greater knowledge of Lady Macbeth’s true curse of guilt, and explores her deeper mourning.
With this news Mark had himself carried and delivered to Cleopatra’s location. He supposedly died within his lovers arms after pleading for Cleopatra to make peace with Octavian. Cleopatra attempted to fulfill Antony’s dying wish and went and tried to seduce Octavian. He yet again did not fall for her charms. Cleopatra rather than face the consequences of living killed herself by committing suicide supposedly by having an Asp, a venomous snake and a symbol of royalty, bite her.
Her story is on pointed out to be on the feminist side of things, because of what happens throughout the story. Chopin’s writing is very significant because of the feminist view upon it, and showed what a women felt like during the 1800-1900’s. The story begins with the audience beginning notify that the main character Mrs.Mallard, has a heart disease. There had just been an accident with the railroad, in which her husband was involved with. Mrs.Mallard’s sister jasmine has come to break the news to her that her husband had died in the accident.
The darkness and gloom, which encompasses the speaker’s struggle to find happiness in her heartbreak-induced depression, is heightened by the repetition of her morbid thoughts. An image of an “arbitrary blackness” (Plath 5) preventing her from distinguishing beauty establishes the grim scene. Her subsequent admittance that whenever she closes her eyes “the world drops dead” (1) illuminates the morose attitude she obtains as thoughts of death overtake her mind in the wake of her lover’s betrayal. Additionally, this demonstrates the fact that her mind is her only solace from the hell that the living world has become as
This downfall was learning that she messed up when she finally did not want to get sentenced to death instead she wanted to take her own life. This makes her a tragic hero because a tragic hero has a flaw and also a downfall. “ Ah! That voice is like the voice of death”( 1050)! Creon is talking to Antigone in this part of the play and she yells that his voice is like the voice of death.
The girl had simply conformed with society so much that she lost herself in the process. Any trace left of who she really was was now gone. The speaker mentions, “So she cut off her nose and her legs / and offered them up. / In the casket displayed on satin she lay / with the undertaker’s cosmetics painted on” (17-20). Maybe the undertaker is a metaphor for society.
In the poem “Barbie Doll”, written by Marge Piercy, there is a clear theme of the expectations of women in society. The poem starts by talking about a girl that was normal until she was judge when she hit puberty for having, “A great big nose and fat legs” (Piercy 533). This comment follows her for the rest of her life, until it is implied that she could no longer take the harsh criticism she felt from the world “her good nature wore out”, and because of this, she committed suicide “she cut off her nose and her legs/ and offered them up” (Piercy 534). Finally when she dies, everyone comments how pretty she looks, and the poem finishes with, “To every woman a happy ending” (Piercy 534). This line summarizes the theme that the poem was trying