Before he makes his way home, Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth stating the happenings with the witches and the message of the king for him; after the witches tell Macbeth of his fate, they vanish into thin air and the messenger of the king comes with the news, confirming the prophecy concerning being the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is aware that the path to power is through bloodshed, which she approves and encourages Macbeth to accomplish while they receive King Duncan as a guest in their house. In a scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk on how they should approach the situation, Macbeth says that he cannot follow through with this scheme for it is against the law of honor to murder a king who has done a country nothing but good and is acting as an honored guest. Lady Macbeth then replies “was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
Such an act would go against God himself, and so the linking of evil spirits present her to be unwomanly and almost witch-like. Gender roles were set during Shakespeare 's time. Women were considered emotional, nurturing, and fragile where men were considered stoic, strong, and masculine. Lady Macbeth laments her gender while she hatches her plan to kill King Duncan: "Come to my woman 's breasts, And take my milk for gall…" The language suggests that her womanhood, represented by “breasts” and “milk”, usually symbols of nurture, impedes her from performing acts of violence and cruelty, which she associates with manliness. Ironically Macbeth, on the other hand, is sensitive towards the king as Lady Macbeth expresses her concern: “Yet do I fear thy nature” saying
Macbeth had took the two men if they didn’t continue with this mission, they weren’t known as men. Macbeth was too insane to kill another man, but instead he hired two men to proceed the job, This leads to the downfall of Macbeth because it’s affecting him, making him lose his mind more than he is. Shakespeare’s message proves that Macbeth is going overboard with this kingly title. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth had a banquet with the lords and Macbeth had seen Banquo’s ghost at the dinner table, thinking it was full but others thought he was going insane and:/ “were the graced of our Banquo present, who may I rather challenge for unkindness than pity for mischance” (Shakespeare 3.4.47-49).Macbeth was starting to believe Banquo was still present but in reality he wasn’t. The decisions Macbeth is choosing to continue with is affecting the way he’s thinking and living his life.
Just in fear of a possibility, Macbeth planned his best friend’s murder. Both the beginning of the play and the end proved a significant role in the theme of the play. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both exemplify the different aspects of the theme in which both characters gave up moral values to satisfy a reachable
However, part of the prophecy had already come true. Macbeth is now Thane of Cawdor, so by his logic, there is little to stop him from becoming King as well. So despite his internal debate, Macbeth decides to discard his obligation to Duncan and kill him. With the decision made to kill Duncan, Macbeth and his wife come up with a plan. Once Macbeth’s signal to commit the act sounds, he says “I go, and it is done.
Since the beginning of humanity, people have been using gender roles to determine how society functions. There are no exceptions during the events of Macbeth, a play about Macbeth and his story of honorable man turned tyrant and how his actions affect the world around him. From the murder of King Duncan to the death of Young Siward, Shakespeare shows that he believes gender roles are to be followed but can be broken. This can be seen throughout the entirety of the play. Beginning with Lady Macbeth summoning evil spirits, to her not being able to hear the horrible news, to Macbeth questioning the masculinity of three murderers, to Macduff deciding to do more than just sit back and watch, to the death of the son of the King of England, gender roles can be found in crack and corner of Macbeth.
Through the course of ‘Macbeth’, masculinity is presented as a driving force to Macbeth’s crimes, making it a vital theme. In this essay, focus will be on masculinity’s presentation through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as “valiant”: a prized masculine quality and the key to respect in their society. However, this trait becomes warped along the play. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth has power comparable to man’s but is then cast aside by her husband at the end.
Macbeth has a few fears about murdering the lord yet Lady Macbeth addresses his masculinity by letting him know that on the off chance that he was a genuine man, he would slaughter him. In the play, Macbeth says to himself, "The ruler of Cumberland! That is a stage I should either tumble down from or else jump over, for it lies in my way. "(Act 1 scene 4 Lines 55-57) Macbeth acknowledges he should get more power. He's not fulfilled by simply being the Thane.
By appealing both emotionally and logically to her husband, Lady Macbeth very easily convinces him against his own conscience. Many rhetorical devices are used in this scene by both Macbeth and his wife, which are very effective in driving the argument. Macbeth is persuaded by his wife to murder King Duncan due to the couple’s strong marriage as well as Lady
Lady Macbeth cares more and dedicates more of her time to this murder compared to Macbeth. She first shows this in Act 1 Scene 5 after receiving Macbeth’s letter describing the Witches’ prophecy. Soon after Lady Macbeth finishes reading her husband's letter, she tries communicating with the raven itself. She tries