Later on in the play, Lady Macbeth was hallucinating and admitting what she had done while washing imaginary blood off of her hands. These actions showed she was feeling guilty.“The smell of the blood is still there. All the perfumes of Arabia cannot sweeten this little hand. Oh,oh,oh!” ( V,v,45). Lady Macbeth was having dreams of
What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’that, [her] lord, no more o’that. You mar all with [that] starting,"(V. i. 38-40). This demonstrates how Lady Macbeth is feeling remorseful about Lady Macduff’s murder and how Macbeth has ruined everything with his nervousness.
Lady Macbeth is talking in her sleep, aimlessly wandering, and overall just generally acting very strange, this alone is a sign of her extreme guilt. It becomes crystal clear that she regrets what she has done when she later ends her own life, as she is unable to live with what her and her husband had done in order to get where they are. What they had done together had very clearly ruined their lives, and Lady Macbeth realized and regretted it all towards the end. She showed true remorse for killing the guards, making it clear that at the very least she knew what she did was wrong. When someone does something this wrong, one of the only ways you can truly determine whether they are “evil” or not is if they feel guilt or show remorse for their actions, both of which Lady Macbeth did in excess since she loses her mind and goes on a rant saying: Out, damn'd spot!
Macbeth, Crime and Punishment Macbeth, a warrior, earns the title of Thane of Cawdor early in the play. His wife, Lady Macbeth, wants him to become king like the witches prophesied. They make a plan to kill Duncan while Macbeth starts to kill other people. All this murder begins to weigh heavily on the Macbeth’s and they start going crazy with guilt. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, guilt can punish people even if they are not caught, which is illustrated with the downfall of the Macbeths.
Infected minds/To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets./More needs she the divine than the physician./God, God forgive us all. Look after her./Remove from her the means of all annoyance/And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night” (5.1.75-81). The “foul whisperings” are the words Lady Macbeth utters as she sleepwalks and they are also the rumors of Duncan’s nighttime murder. The murder was “unnatural” thus causing Lady Macbeth to experience “unnatural” sleepwalking.
By Act V, Lady Macbeth’s guilt ultimately drives her mad, foreshadowing her death. She is found sleep walking, claiming she cannot wash the imaginary blood clean of her hands, saying, “Out damned spot” (5.1.32). The characters’ hallucinations of blood illustrate how gravely the guilt is affecting their minds. In conclusion, the image of blood in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth is important in developing the plot. The image of blood is first used to represent bravery when the valiant captain dies, the meaning then changes to guilt after Macbeth murders the king, and finally the image of blood reflects changes in the characters’ minds as guilt consumes their thoughts.
In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the deaths that occur in the play. Lady Macbeth accomplished this by infringing Macbeth’s comfort level, which made him uncomfortable and give into her desires. The four reasons why Lady Macbeth is responsible is she summons evil demons to fill her body with evil, her death pushes Macbeth over the edge, she has the gender power over Macbeth, and she drives Macbeth to become power hungry. During the course of the play most of Lady Macbeth’s actions cause a direct reaction from Macbeth. If Lady Macbeth had not exhorted Macbeth into murdering King Duncan, then he would have remained a sane man and decided against killing Duncan.
After reading the letter she said, “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” (1.5, 15-18) Lady Macbeth is questioning whether Macbeth is too kind to do what has to be done to become king. She wants to be queen so badly that she is willing to do anything, but she wants to make Macbeth kill king Duncan. All of her evil intentions are seen when she says, “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful Of direst cruelty. Make my blood thick.” (1.5, 47-49) She is asking evil spirits to take the good from here and fill her with evil. This just stiffens the argument that she is willing to go to any lengths to gain power and wealth.
Where is she now?—What, will these hands ne 'er be clean?” The hands she refers too are her own. The hands that not too long ago where covered in the blood of King Duncan. The reference to them never been clean is her feeling as though she will never be free of the unnatural and sinful actions she was once so willing to undertake. These quotes clearly depict a broken and mentally unstable individual. This contrast immediately gives the reader an insight into the torment that guilt and regret can cause.
Instead of going from good to evil like Macbeth, she went from evil to somewhat good. Lady Macbeth proves to be evil from the start by the way she initiated Macbeth’s killing spree. Lady Macbeth wanted her husband to, “Hie thee hither / That I may pour my spirits in thine ear / And chastise with the valor of my tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round” (1.5.15-18). She was speaking to herself saying how she hoped for her husband to hurry home so that she could sway him into murdering King Duncan for the throne. Once he came home, she told him, “What beast was’t, the, / That made you break this enterprise to me?
The guilt is causing Lady Macbeth to go insane because she is aware “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!” (V.i line 42-43). Then again in the beginning of the play she thought washing her hands would erase the murder, but now her conscience keeps remaining her of the sin she committed and the murder is permanently
However, the prophecy is followed only because his wife, Lady Macbeth leads Macbeth through this decision. It is truly Lady Macbeth who causes the death of Duncan. Lady Macbeth acts as if she is above Macbeth while the murder of Duncan occurs. Lady Macbeth has high but very evil ambitions for Macbeth. She understands that Macbeth has the ambition to take over the throne.