“Your words mean nothing when your actions are the complete opposite.” In Shakespeare's the tragedy of Macbeth Lady Macbeth is often viewed as evil by her actions when its the complete opposite; she is just misunderstood. She is misunderstood because she shows signs of weakness, and by the end of the play she is filled with guilt causing her to commit suicide. Lady Macbeth is misunderstood, not totally evil, because she shows signs of weakness and guilt. Lady Macbeth had to ask for help from evil spirits to follow through with killing Duncan, which shows she was not totally evil.“Come, you spirits that serve the thoughts of mortals: rid me of the natural tenderness of my sex and fill me from head to toe with direst cruelty!” (I, v, 39-42) Lady Macbeth did not think she could go through with killing someone because she was a weak woman and thought a man was more capable of killing someone. Later on in the play, Lady Macbeth was hallucinating and admitting what she had done while washing imaginary blood off of her hands.
By Act V, Lady Macbeth’s guilt ultimately drives her mad, foreshadowing her death. She is found sleep walking, claiming she cannot wash the imaginary blood clean of her hands, saying, “Out damned spot” (5.1.32). The characters’ hallucinations of blood illustrate how gravely the guilt is affecting their minds. In conclusion, the image of blood in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth is important in developing the plot. The image of blood is first used to represent bravery when the valiant captain dies, the meaning then changes to guilt after Macbeth murders the king, and finally the image of blood reflects changes in the characters’ minds as guilt consumes their thoughts.
During Macbeth’s soliloquy it becomes apparent because “Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse/The curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates/Pale Hecate’s off’ rings” (Shakespeare II.1.62-64). When this occurs Lady Macbeth’s evil nature devours him, causing him to kill King Duncan. Her sick thoughts mixed with Macbeth’s ambition
Macbeth, Crime and Punishment Macbeth, a warrior, earns the title of Thane of Cawdor early in the play. His wife, Lady Macbeth, wants him to become king like the witches prophesied. They make a plan to kill Duncan while Macbeth starts to kill other people. All this murder begins to weigh heavily on the Macbeth’s and they start going crazy with guilt. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, guilt can punish people even if they are not caught, which is illustrated with the downfall of the Macbeths.
The blood changes from guilt to fear as Macbeth starts to regret what he has done as the murders come back to stab him in the back. In act 1 scene 2 lines 60-66, Macbeth speaks of the blood on his hands after murdering Duncan as he starts to regret his actions. In act 3 scene 4 lines 122-140, Macbeth realizes that blood begets blood and continues to murder. In act 5 scene 1 lines 31-36, Lady Macbeth is crazy because of the spot of blood still on her hand and how the smell will never leave her. In these three examples Macbeth’s murders come back to frighten him.
She only can do this after she feels she has gotten rid of her female attributes. This can be attributed to the constraints of society at this time. Also, it can be attributed to the way that she feels about being not fearless enough to kill. She says, “Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty” (1.5.47-50). Lady Macbeth is calling to the spirits to assist her murderous ideations and to do that make her less of a women and more like man which will then fill her with deadly cruelty.
He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition. The play is about treachery and manipulation. First, the witches manipulate Macbeth which sets off the chain reaction, then Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into committing regicide and afterwards Macbeth manipulates the murderers into killing Banquo and his son Fleance. Shakespeare reveals that the witches are being controlled by higher supernatural powers, "call 'em. Let me see 'em," shocking the Jacobean audience and as a result creating doubt and fear of the unknown.
Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become King ended up driving him crazy. Lady Macbeth, a deeply ambitious woman constantly insisted him of killing King Duncan and seized the Crown. Macbeth was being influenced by three witches and his lady Macbeth of doing such crimes. He was confused between right and wrong. He even had hallucination of the Dragger.
After reading the letter she said, “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” (1.5, 15-18) Lady Macbeth is questioning whether Macbeth is too kind to do what has to be done to become king. She wants to be queen so badly that she is willing to do anything, but she wants to make Macbeth kill king Duncan. All of her evil intentions are seen when she says, “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful Of direst cruelty. Make my blood thick.” (1.5, 47-49) She is asking evil spirits to take the good from here and fill her with evil. This just stiffens the argument that she is willing to go to any lengths to gain power and wealth.
The tables turn over the bumpy road of crime, breakdowns and fights. Lady Macbeth is the puppet master behind Macbeth, pulling the strings and controlling him until he becomes evil, just like her. The powers of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth shift over the play because of their guilt and amount of control over themselves. Near the beginning of the play, Macbeth is told that he is a future king. When Lady Macbeth brings up killing Duncan to Macbeth, he immediately rejects the idea.