The play Macbeth authored by William Shakespeare emphasizes a theme of guilt and regret in relation to unnatural acts, through the character change of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, their relationship and how it can cause emotional breakdown loss of personality and ultimately, loss of sanity. The play was written in the early the 1600s and is set in Scotland. It focuses around the life of Macbeth a Thane, and future king of Scotland, who seemingly does whatever it takes to achieve this prestigious role. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is steely in her mannerisms and appears to be willing to do anything in order to achieve what she ultimately desires. However, in the final act of the play her steely and cruel nature breaks down due to the
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship caused many chaotic outcomes, but in the end it proved to be fatal. In the beginning of Macbeth, the readers are already aware of the fascinating relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth received a letter from her husband about the witches’ prophecies. He wrote, “This have I thought good to to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness.”
The play is about treachery and manipulation. First, the witches manipulate Macbeth which sets off the chain reaction, then Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into committing regicide and afterwards Macbeth manipulates the murderers into killing Banquo and his son Fleance. Shakespeare reveals that the witches are being controlled by higher supernatural powers, "call 'em. Let me see 'em," shocking the Jacobean audience and as a result creating doubt and fear of the unknown. Shakespeare appeals to
out, I say!—One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't.—Hell is murky.—Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? (V. i.
Although Elizabeth was not the best wife at some moments, she loved her husband so much that she lied for him. When questioned by Danforth if Proctor committed lechery she said faintly “No, sir” (Miller 113). Elizabeth lies for the first time to save her husband because she is loving and cares about him. Although Elizabeth is not truthful, she protects her values by doing what she feels is right for her husband. Abigail is revengeful throughout the play at Elizabeth.
Furthermore, the deep seated guilt and haunted conscience portrayed by Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act 5 Scene 1 is a representation of my lasting influence over her. During the 1600’s, one’s loyalty to their king had no higher responsibility. Shakespeare has intentionally influenced the reader of significance of Lady Macbeth’s regicide and evil. With the use of imagery, Lady Macbeth called upon my evil spirits to help her convince Macbeth to commit regicide as she speaks, “Come, you spirits, That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe”. Lady Macbeth called upon my spirits to fill her entirely with evil spirits.
Macbeth not falling into the temptation right away would be very frustrating for the witches. The witches needed someone that Macbeth trusted that could convince Macbeth that this was really the right thing to do. This person would be Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth learns from the witches that Macbeth is going to be King. Lady Macbeth becomes immediately influenced and under Satan’s control.
At the end, overcome by guilt and despair Lady Macbeth commits suicide. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both are driven by their ambitions; ambitions that lead them to their downfall. They get what they want by any means necessary.
Macbeth, he conveys the idea that self-perception drives a person’s thought processes, which in turn show through their actions; therefore, if their self-perception is extremely negative, their flaws will be before them constantly and will create a false reality for them to dwell in. Lady Macbeth exemplifies this idea, revealing through her thoughts and actions how her guilt changes the way she views herself and causes her to live unattached from reality. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is a cold hearted, brave, practical, and strong character. She perceives that she is soft because she is a woman, so she calls upon spirits and is determined to become “...full of direst cruelty.”
She appeared early on in the play in Act III, scene v to explain to the witches that Macbeth will come back to the witches to ask them about his destiny. This scene help leads to setup the current scene that I am analyzing. After Hecate leaves, Macbeth shows up and asks for the witches. He wants the witches to reveal his destiny. To answer his questions the witches summon apparitions that explain to Macbeth his future and destiny.
What kind of a woman is Lady Macbeth truly? Did she descend because of fear or of a guilty conscience? The audience sees a progressive change in Lady Macbeth 's attitude going from complete cruelty, to a slightly softened heart, to fear and anxiety, to a greater fear of being caught, and finally to a very obvious guilt hanging over her. It seems to be quite blatant that Lady Macbeth doubts her husband’s ability to rule and readers see her cruel side.
One example in the play where she uses this tactic is when she says that she wish she were a man so she can do it herself. One quote from the play where lady Macbeth uses her manipulating skills is “Why, worthyThane,You do unbend your noble strength, to think So brainsickly of things”. Another quote from the play where she uses the same tactic is “ but screw your courage to the sticking-place and we will not fail”. After the murder, lady macbeth calms macbeth’s nerves as his guilt starts to get to him. She know that Macbeth can ruined the plan if he keeps acting mad in front of people and keeps making it look suspicious.
Lady Macbeth is the Real Murder People can be persuasive to do thing based on others influences. These people are typically close to them and may even be related. In the play Macbeth no is closer to each other like Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. And even though people are responsible for our actions, they may not always be responsible for what made them do those actions. Although in the play Macbeth many people think that Macbeth is the one who is responsible for all the murders it is truly Lady Macbeth because of the influence that she puts on Macbeth and the verbal torment she gave him before murdering King Duncan.
Guilt and Consequences Essay Guilt is caused when someone feels as though the have done something against their morals, this causes them to feel remorse and at often times cause their mind to become unsteady. In Macbeth, Macbeth and his wife experience guilt throughout the play. Guilt has negative toll on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s mental state, causing anxiety, hallucinations and insomnia. Anxiety comes over Macbeth after he kills king Duncan to gain power.
Understanding Lady Macbeth Would you do anything to be loyal? William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is about a husband and wife who force their way to the crown but suffer in the aftermath of their actions. Lady Macbeth is not a monster.