The first thing Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth is that she would have killed Duncan herself if he did not look so similar to her own dear father. She demonstrates her evil character flaws here and again on page 47 Act 2 Scene 2. On page 47 Lady Macbeth is angered with Macbeth for not leaving the daggers which he used to kill Duncan with the guards. Here, Lady Macbeth shows more of her responsibility in the murder of Duncan by taking the daggers from Macbeth. “Give me the daggers.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both try to fulfill their ambitions by doing lots of crazy things, such as murdering everyone in their way. The weird sisters told Macbeth many things that will come in his future, but Macbeth wants to fulfill what the sisters say with ambition. The weird thing is the weird sisters never make Macbeth or his wife do anything. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth planned everything out and are doing these ambitious things on their own. These ambitions don 't just affect Macbeth, it also can affect Lady Macbeth as well.
There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities. The first reason Lady Macbeth is to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is her insult to his manhood.
The irony of the situation has relation to Act Two. In the last Act, she states her hands were still stained by Duncan’s blood. Which ironically contradicts her original stolid attitude and thought of water being able to wash away the deed. Blood, symbolizing death and staining, symbolizing guilt, work together all throughout the play and soon takes one shocking leap, when Lady Macbeth hangs herself. Her death was driven by guilt, as the blood in every other scenario resulted in staining.
Lady Macbeth is an iconic figure representing a manipulative woman who is intent and dangerously ambitious. Her potential to persuade Macbeth to commit regicide is one that disrupts the social order in the community. At this point, however, Shakespeare’s portrayal of Lady Macbeth takes a pivotal turn and her relationship with Macbeth and her personality alters immensely. This essay analyses the development and downfall of Lady Macbeth’s character in Macbeth. Lady Macbeth had a very strong and manipulative personality at the beginning of the play.
Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare in 1606 about power and guilt. Though many scenes in the classic play, Macbeth talking to Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth attempting to wash away the blood, and Lady Macbeth saying water will fix everything, are the three most important scenes to show the theme of guilt. Macbeth clearly wasn’t the same after the crimes he committed. “Thou canst not say I did it; never shake thy gory locks at me.”
She pushed Macbeth into killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth had an opportunity to kill Duncan herself, but Duncan reminded her too much of her father “Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t ”( act 2 sc 2 lines 16-17) “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,” Lady Macbeth (act1 sc5 lines 15-20). After hearing this, Macbeth decided to murder Duncan.
Just after the murder of Duncan, Macduff arrives at Macbeth 's home and wakes them at the door. Macbeth and his wife are entirely aware of what horrors lie in the other room, but nobody else knows that they do (yet). After Macduff has seen Duncan 's dead body he stumbles back in awe and declares that this bloody scene “‘tis not for you to hear what I can speak! The reputation in a woman 's ear would murder as it fell” (II.iii.92-95). Macduff is saying that because Lady Macbeth is a woman, she is not fit to hear of the violence due to her feminine fragility.
Lady Macbeth does many evil things throughout the play, but the guilt and her weakness causes her to crack under pressure. Lady Macbeth has shown her true, wicked intelligence through planning out the murder of Duncan. However, she soon breaks under the pressure showing how weak she really is. She
When Macbeth displays uncertainty regarding the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses his fear of not adhering to the masculine gender role of being cold-hearted and ambitious and only “when [Macbeth] durst do it, then [he was] a man”. (1.7.56) Upon first glance, it would seem as though Lady Macbeth is strong and powerful. However, Shakespeare uses the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to display that women in power are dangerous and corrupt. Due to Lady Macbeth’s coercion into the murder of Duncan, she allows and essentially encourages Macbeth to ravage all of Scotland.
Lady Macbeth even views her husband’s weaknesses as leverage to harass him into killing Duncan. This can be seen when, at one stage, Macbeth repels the idea of killing a good king and believes that the assassination should not be done, his wife demands him to kill by saying abusive words. She questions if Macbeth loves her, she questions Macbeth’s masculinity and she criticizes Macbeth’s aspiration to be king. These three brutal statements hurt Macbeth. Since Macbeth wants to prove his manhood, his love for
—No more o ' that, my lord, no more o ' that. You mar all with this starting” (V.i line 36-38). Even though, Lady Macbeth had nothing to do with the murders after Duncan, like Banquo and Macduff’s wife as well as his son, she still feels guilty because she created the monster, by manipulating Macbeth to kill Duncan. Another reason Lady Macbeth feels remorseful is because she had to do with some of the action in the murder, for example planning the death of Duncan and framing Duncan 's attendant. The guilt is causing Lady Macbeth to go insane because she is aware “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.
Lady Macbeth accuses her husband saying “Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act and valour… And live a coward in thine own esteem” (1.7.40-41, 46) at which Macbeth takes great insult. To prove to Lady Macbeth wrong, Macbeth finally agrees on the murder of Duncan. Macbeth wants to prove to Lady Macbeth that he has the courage to kill Duncan and he is very manly and will not stop until Duncan is dead. Once he kills Duncan Macbeth begins to change mentally and emotionally.
He does not want to be labeled with female characteristics because this would be a major insult towards him. He decides to follow through and commit the murder. Lady Macbeth also takes a shot at Macbeth’s courage. Macbeth has a problem believing that the plan will succeed. He has a strong feeling that the plan will fail and he will be the one to deal with the consequences.
Blood itself - its color, its smell, and its importance is critical to life and surprising to encounter. The constant appearance of blood in Macbeth constantly remind the audience about how serious the outcomes of the characters actions are. But almost incomparable to the importance of physical blood, is the imagined blood discovered throughout the play. Imaginary blood symbolizes guilt for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It's not until after the murder of Duncan that their guilt begins to clear up.