How Does Guilt Affect Lady Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Macbeth, guilt negatively impacts Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. From taking so many innocent lives that didn't deserve to be taken, and Macbeth seeing hallucinations of bodies and knives drives them into a crazed state. For Macbeth, hallucination is probably one of his biggest fears. Macbeth does most of the murdering, as a result he sees the aftermath. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible. To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation” (Shakespeare 2.1. 33-38). Macbeth sees the Dagger in front of him but cannot tell whether it is …show more content…

Although she did not kill anyone, she is also part of the wrongdoing because the way she supported her husband. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth sees that the guilt and the different emotions her husband is going through, she too is also going through the same thing. In the beginning Lady Macbeth called out Macbeth for not being man enough to kill anyone and said that he had too much human emotion “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; Stop up the access and passage to remorse” (Shakespeare, 1.5.42-45). So she called upon the spirits to unsex her so she wouldn’t feel anything when someone had died, she is saying in this line that she would have the most cruelty, and would be able to stop grieving about someone’s death. In blooms literature macbeth and lady macbeth, it says “Had she not feared remorse- which indeed, did come at last and kill her- she would not have cried out to have the “access and passage” to it stopped” (Clayden 1). Just like Macbeth, when he saw the dagger in front of him after Duncan’s death, Lady Macbeth also hallucinates, but sees blood on her

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