In addition, this shows how much Macbeth has changed through the course of the play. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was hesitant about killing Duncan and felt extremely guilty after doing so. However, after deciding to kill Macduff’s family, Macbeth doesn’t feel hesitant regarding his decision and doesn’t feel guilty at all. This act of cruelty is ironic because originally this act is committed in order for Macbeth to maintain his power, but instead, it is the final straw that causes his death and downfall. Overall,
They are not the stereotypical husband and wife. Shakespeare intended to illustrate that your gender does not define how you are or how you should act. That not all men have the capability of murdering easily and not all women are innocent. In Act 1 Scene 5, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to murder Duncan. 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 was incredibly strong and ruthless. She is portrayed as masculine and unnatural. At the start of the play she is already plotting the murder of the character Duncan, and she is trying to get her husband on board with it. Everything was going fine for Lady Macbeth, her husband killed Duncan and became king she had everything she wanted however, as the play progresses Lady Macbeth loses power over Macbeth. This and her guilty conscience eventually leads to her demise.
For instance, Lady Macbeth states “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. 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,Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it.” (1.5.15-20). After Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth, her thoughts immediately turn to murder. The problem is that Macbeth has the ambition to kill King Duncan but doesn 't want to act on it.
He does not reveal what his problems are to his wife, showing he no longer wants Lady Macbeth involved. Lady Macbeth then gradually begins to bear the guilt "where our desire is got without content 'tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy". She says in a soliloquy, which Shakespeare uses to portray her deepest thoughts as she is afraid of killing more. Lady Macbeth feels that nothing was gained by killing Duncan because even though she and Macbeth got the crown, it wasn’t worth it because they can never be truly happy about it. She thinks death is better to have than living a life with questions of their future
Macbeth thinks about his line of succession, and thinks to himself “ No son of mine succeeding,if’t be so, for Banquo’s issue have i filled my mind: For them the gracious Duncan have i murder’d” (III.i.67-69). This is stating that Macbeth killed Duncan because he knew his kids would become kings after him, and Macbeth didn’t like this. Macbeth killed Duncan for his petty ways to get what he wants and to become king. Being angry and killing innocent Duncan are a way of being seen as the villain, which Macbeth had been proven to be. Macduff son thinks out loud to his mom “Young fry of treachery he has
Shakespeare 's uses the hands imagery to reveal the rise and fall of macbeth’s power and how this same power mixed with guilt and not being able to trust others or himself lead him to do unethical things. Macbeth uses the power he has to tell these murders that they are “borne in hand”(3.1.80) by banquo. This is one of the bad decisions he has made using his power out of guilt. He thinks that banquo will throw him under the bun for murdering the king and he wants to make sure that doesn 't happen. Macbeth also says, "Whose heavy hand hath bow 'd you to the grave / And beggar 'd yours forever?"
Macbeth is manipulated by other characters in the play by falling for their ‘mind games’. Shortly after Lady Macbeth received Macbeth’s note, she has an urge to kill Duncan. She results in playing mind games with Macbeth in order to persuade him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth first flatters him and calls him the “Thane of Cawdor” which excites Macbeth. When Macbeth becomes hesitant about killing Duncan, she questions his manhood: “What beast was’t then, that made you break this enterprise to me?
The big question is “Are Hamlet’s actions justified.” Well Hamlet was both justified and not justified. Some things he did were for a reason others were just possibly because he was pretending to have gone insane. Examples of this are the way Hamlet treated his own mother, Gertrude, and the way he treated his love Ophelia, one thing he is not justified in is delaying the murder of his uncle and his mother’s new husband Claudius. But the thing that is justified is actually killing Claudius. Hamlet is not justified by treating Gertrude the way he did.