shakespeare shows how macbeth and lady macbeth's characters pivot round the two-fold structure: lady macbeth exults in evil till the middle point of the play, and her husband is fearful of the damnable consequences. After the cold-hearted assassination of banquo these positions are reversed. the two-fold structure should not surprise us when we reflect upon the essential nature of this play: it is about good versus evil, and foul being fair. these oppositions and contrasts run through the whole
Equivocation is a weapon that grants significant power over a situation to its caster by enabling them to reveal the true intentions of the victim and manipulate their action with the results depending on the intent of the equivocator. In the beginning of the play, the witches set forth the tragic actions to follow by using equivocation on Macbeth. These wicked beings manage to accomplish tempting Macbeth, drawing out his desire for kingship, engineering the death of Duncan. Firstly, the author shows this through Banquo’s caution to Macbeth for considering the plausibility of the Witches’ equivocal prophecies using tropology and rhetoric. Sensing Macbeth’s growing obsession with the prophecies, he compares the witches to “instruments of darkness [who] tell us truths/ Win us with
Firstly, as shown from her name, she realizes the only way to gain power is from Macbeth, and since she knows him well, she is able to puppet him. Throughout act one, she manipulates him by questioning his manhood and goading him into murder. While Macbeth and Lady Macbeth discuss the situation at hand, she voices her concern that his “nature is too full o'th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (I.x.15-17) Lady Macbeth is alluding to the fact that Macbeth is too kind to really take over. A mothers’ milk is nurturing, associated with kindness and femininity, something Lady Macbeth fears Macbeth is too full of. Further, Macbeth points out that because of her manner, she should “bring forth men-children only” (I.xii.72), for she is too masculine and cunning to raise a girl.
Reasons why fate is a factor to the play and how shakespeare uses fate as a strategy to create s havoc and dreadful story for the reader, is by having the three witches tell macbeth his suppose fate. This is important because if Macbeth doesn’t know he is to be “ Thane of Glamis!... Thane of Cawdor!” (I, iii, 355 ) like the witches say then Macbeth wouldn’t even dare to harm the king without reasons. But analysing the quote he is fated to be the next king which Macbeth believe his fate and at the same time struggle to even through away his loyalty to Duncan so he can be the next ruler. Another example of fate being seen in the play is when Macbeth made a decision to kill Banquo, which to Macbeth is a loyal friend who he have trusted for a long time.
Many things, such as the legitimacy of the ghost of Hamlet’s father and his message for Hamlet, Gertrude’s knowledge of Claudius’s actions, and Hamlet’s hesitancy to avenge his father’s murder remain topics for debate. All of these unanswered questions and internal conflicts in the life of Hamlet can serve as a major source of confusion for a reader, but they contribute to the theme of the play. Hamlet’s antic disposition is not simply about his mask of madness, but about what it
Things Are Not Always What They Seem Ambition can be a good thing or a bad thing. Shakespeare uses Banquo to underscore to the audience the theme that things are not always as they seem. We see this through the conversation with Macbeth right after the witches’ first prophecy and through his soliloquy in Act 3 as well as through his presence as a ghost at the banquet. The witches told Banquo that “Things are not always what the seem.”They told Banquo good things in his prophecy to trap him. Banquo said, “But ’tis strange.
With such dual and conflicting natures this ultimately breaks Macbeth until the facade that he put on begins to crack and fall away, showing the face of the “true villain”. Although we are not introduced to Macbeth until Act I Scene 3, there is some information revealed about him beforehand. The otherworldly witches that kick off the production set a surreal tone to the entire play opening the universe to the supernatural, speaking in their double language, and saying that famous line “Fair is foul and foul is fair” sets the course for a major theme that appears throughout the play. But in relation to all of this they mention Macbeth and how
In the beginning, “When Lady Macbeth is trying to convince him to do the murderous deed,” Macbeth only becomes convinced to do it after, “she first impugns his courage” (Berquist, 111). But now, Macbeth is won’t even let her be apart of it and he is the one that convinces himself of his own wrongdoings. He tells her, “We have scorched the snake, not killed it,” meaning that they still have more to do to keep the throne, but he won’t tell her. Because of Lady Macbeth not having a part in Macbeth’s works of cruelty anymore, he is no longer being manipulated to do wrong, and he henceforth is no longer a tragic character. Macbeth even says “O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!” This literally means that his head is filled with beastly intentions to do evil
Macbeth slowly becomes a new shade of evil with every action he makes as he sends murderers to murder his good friend Banquo. ¨I will advise you where to plant yourselves, acquaint you with the perfect spy o´th´time, the moment on´t; for´t must be done tonight, and something from the palace; always thought that I require a clearness.” (3.1.129-133) Macbeth gives ill advice to the murderers to kill Banquo because of his so-said ¨wrong doings¨. He continues to go onto the point where he states it was not his fault since he was no the one to physically murder is old friend. He later sees Banquo´s ghost as the reader realizes his actions will catch up to Macbeth soon. Lady Macbeth however fled with guilt, feels the need to act normal in all senses.
This becomes ultimately true as he loses his fight with Macduff. The prophecy yet tricks Macbeth as in the beginning it seems all fair and square to him yet it is deceiving. This is ironic in the sense that Macbeth was a deceitful to King Duncan before he murdered him. The same sort of influence came around to him which caused him his life at the end. Shakespeare focuses the three witches to make the reader get greater sense of deception which is the main theme of this
Whether because of the constraints of her society or because she is not fearless enough to kill, Lady Macbeth relies on deception and manipulation rather than violence to achieve her ends. Ultimately, the play does put forth a revised and less destructive definition of manhood. In the scene where Macduff learns of the murders of his wife and child, Malcolm consoles him by encouraging him to take the news in “manly” fashion, by seeking revenge upon Macbeth. Macduff shows the young heir apparent that he has a mistaken understanding of masculinity. To Malcolm’s suggestion, “Dispute it like a man,” Macduff replies, “I shall do so.