In Act II Scene IV, Macbeth says to his wife, “It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.” (151). In the end of the play, Macbeth dies in his own blood. In a way, this could be one of the main lessons surrounding the significant imagery of blood in “Macbeth.” Even after Macbeth and his wife scheme, plot, and murder to get their way up the chain of power, Macbeth still ends up never being able to fully enjoy the power he has attained, due to fear he may lose it the same way he gained it. To maintain his power, he kills anyone who is a threat to his power. Yet, in the end, it is all for nought.
The imagined blood haunts them both, following them until their death. Shakespeare uses the blood symbol to express Macbeth’s horror and guilt over his crime. Blood reveals Macbeth’s feelings about murder. Overall, the constant presence of blood in Macbeth repeatedly reminds us about how serious the consequences of the characters actions
As the novel progresses, the reader comes to recognize the segregation between the so called “lovers”. It is initially Lady Macbeth who is most dominant in the relationship as she schemes the murder of king Duncan to be committed by her beloved husband, Macbeth. It is comprehensible at this point that Lady Macbeth does not agonize over the punishment her husband may receive if he perpetrates such a felony. Lady Macbeth is extremely proficient in manipulating her husband to act on king Duncan. She does this by making Macbeth feel distressed during her process of coercion.
He says “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong. Another example of ambition is when Lady Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan and continually urges Macbeth to do it in order to fulfill the prophecy and desire. Lady Macbeth puts aside her reasoning and lets her temptation run her actions. Ambition is what drives the both of them to commit such atrocities. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth wanted to be powerful so bad that they were willing to compromise their morals in order to be successful.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, blood is not just a symbol, but represents Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s opposing journeys from guilt and regret, to acceptance. After killing Duncan, Macbeth is feeling distraught and guilty, while Lady Macbeth is perfectly fine. As the story continues, Macbeth transitions from cracking under guilt to to feeling none at all, while Lady Macbeth’s guilt drives her insane. Macbeth is a tragic hero, which means that he wasn’t always as inhuman as he seems. Because of his wife’s pressuring, Macbeth has now taken his first step down a dark road, killing his king.
From murder to greed Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays a story of how one’s flaws can transform into a person’s way of thinking and acting. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from a cold-hearted, greedy, shell of a human body into a guilt ridden woman. Her selfish desires met with ambition and a want for power pushed her into driving Macbeth to kill Duncan. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth become very guilty because of the crime they have committed. Although Macbeth actively kills the King, Lady Macbeth was more guilty of Duncan’s murder than Macbeth.
Although introduced as a thoroughly hardened, ambitious woman, Lady Macbeth’s seemingly unbreakable character shatters when she is consumed by the demon of guilt. The guilt of Lady Macbeth seems nonexistent when she persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan, but the heinous acts she and her husband commit throughout the play strain her slowly. Eventually, the guilt Lady Macbeth harbors emerges from her subconscious and crumbles her. The downfall of Lady Macbeth reveals that even the toughest, strongest, and most powerful people can succumb to guilt. At the commencement of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the guilty conscience of Lady Macbeth is overshadowed by her relentless pursuit to become Queen of Scotland.
She determines he is not by stating, “yet do I fear thy nature/ It is too full o’th milk of human kindness/ To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great.” Lady Macbeth know she is more ruthless and decides she must manipulate and convince her husband to murder the king expressing the power she has over Macbeth. Later, Lady Macbeth utilizes manipulation when her husband becomes hesitant to commit the horrible murder when she states, “Art thou afeard/To be the same in thine own act and valour/As thou art in desire?”, questioning Macbeth’s manhood. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth continues to question his bravery and manhood which puts physical and mental constraints on
It was her ambitious plan on murdering Duncan, but Macbeth does not want to kill him. After Lady Macbeth reads the letter 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. Make thick my blood.” (Shakespeare 1:5:30-33). This quotation by Lady Macbeth says “unsex her”, which means she is wanting to be like a stereotypical man to give her enough power and to be less emotional. She says this because she can then make herself a cruel person and murder Duncan.
He visits them once more and demands that they predict his future, and the Weird Sisters prophesize: “laugh to scorn the power of a man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (IV.i.79-81), to which he responds with, “I’ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate” (IV.i.83-84). Macbeth keeps the prophecy in mind which gives him no reason to fear, yet takes fate into his own hands by planning to kill Macduff. Shakespeare is showing the readers how Macbeth’s violence has developed; he used to have a guilty conscious over thinking such violent things, yet now, he can effortlessly state that he is going to kill another person. Readers can clearly see that