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
One of the most dramatic marriages ever read about was Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s. 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.”( Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 9-10) Macbeth knows that his wife will be in love with the thought of being queen.
He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition. 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.
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! 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. Unfortunately, this does not lead to their happiness and their actions cause them to be burdened with quilt. Shakespeare uses the Macbeths to teach us that it is not always the thing that you get but also the way you achieve it.
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.” (I, v, 44-45) This new self-perception motivates her to arrange and oversee the murder of Duncan. She believes that she is the strong one, having been unconvinced that Macbeth could murder the king
Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft and can be viewed as the leader of the three witches. 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.