A messenger visits the Macduffs and warns them saying, “I doubt some danger does approach you nearly” (4.2.73). Even though Lady Macduff and her son do not pose as a threat to Macbeth, Macbeth has them killed. Lady Macbeth, while sleepwalking, announces to her doctor and maid, “Will these hands ne’er be clean?” (5.1.45). Lady Macbeth is finally starting to realize that her husband has took his obsession with power too far. She expresses her guilt and remorse without even realizing it, showing that she truly regrets her actions.
“Your words mean nothing when your actions are the complete opposite.” In Shakespeare's the tragedy of Macbeth Lady Macbeth is often viewed as evil by her actions when its the complete opposite; she is just misunderstood. She is misunderstood because she shows signs of weakness, and by the end of the play she is filled with guilt causing her to commit suicide. Lady Macbeth is misunderstood, not totally evil, because she shows signs of weakness and guilt. Lady Macbeth had to ask for help from evil spirits to follow through with killing Duncan, which shows she was not totally evil.“Come, you spirits that serve the thoughts of mortals: rid me of the natural tenderness of my sex and fill me from head to toe with direst cruelty!” (I, v, 39-42) Lady Macbeth did not think she could go through with killing someone because she was a weak woman and thought a man was more capable of killing someone. Later on in the play, Lady Macbeth was hallucinating and admitting what she had done while washing imaginary blood off of her hands.
Even though Lady Macbeth has ambition like her husband she fears Macbeth’s nature “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” (15-20). After reading the letter from her husband which recounts the witches' prophesy, Lady Macbeth's thoughts immediately turn to murder. The problem with that is Macbeth has ambition, but he doesn’t have the nerve to see it through.
Shakespeare highlights Macbeth’s key flaw, which is conspicuous throughout the chosen scene where he is doubtful and hesitant with the news of himself becoming King, although he knows it is wrong, Macbeth believes he could be a great leader and therefore gives into his flaw of ambition. He is dominated by the influence of the witches where they utilize repetition, “All hail, Macbeth!”, this shows his firm stance shaken by the words of the witches as he is easily influenced thus continues to listen and possibly taken action by the words of the witches. Another flaw of Macbeth is himself doubting the way he thinks. After discovering the prophecy from the witches he believes his future of becoming the king is true while he talks to himself. Macbeth
Hamlet suspects his mother played a part in the death of King Hamlet and is filled with anger and vengeful thoughts. For most of the play, he has contemplated suicide and questioned his actions. He decided not to kill Claudius as he was praying and this makes him feel as though he has failed in his quest for revenge. Hamlet wants to show Queen Gertrude the error in her decision to marry Claudius and tells his mother: Come, Come, and sit you down; you shall not budge; You go not till I set you up a glass; Where you may see the inmost part of you. The
Lady Macbeth was feeble and let her guilt drive her to the point of insanity and suicide, unlike her husband, who was determined to die fighting. As Macbeth fights Macduff in the final battle, he cowardly says he does not want to fight him because he already killed his family, “But get thee back; my soul is too much charged/With blood of thine already.”
However, Prince Hamlet had the opportune time to avenge his father’s murderer but his recurring indecisiveness continues to get the best of him. Consequently, Hamlet’s over thinking and patience when it comes to making important decisions is what does not make him worthy of inheriting the throne. Within Macbeth, Macbeth’s true colors are revealed when he states, “If the assassination/ Could trammel up the consequence, and catch/ With his surcease success; that but this blow/ Might be the be-all and the end-all here,/ But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,/ We’d jump the life to come” (I. vii. 2-7). As a character, Macbeth starts out the play sane and not willing to murder anyone so that he will make a personal gain.
Macbeth as the main focus of the play is presented as an honorable, worth man. King Duncan announces Macbeth as thane of cawdor due to the present thane being revealed as a traitor and therefore, executed. As King Duncan makes his decision about the new thane he claims, “No more that thane of cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth.” (I,ii,64-66), which could be foreshadowing Macbeth’s fate. Duncan finds Macbeth to be worthy of the title and that no thane of cawdor shall deceive them yet again but as it seems, that is not true. Macbeth appears to be a great man but really he will become a murderous and cruel man.
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.
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