“The queen, my lord, is dead… she should have died hereafter” (5.5.20). Lady Macbeth had too much guilt to deal with which is why she needed to be in peace. Blood changed Lady Macbeth and overwhelmed her with guilt. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both changed throughout the play. Macbeth being innocent in the beggining, changed to evil, and Lady Macbeth, who was evil in the beginning, wanted to be good in the end.
Lady Macbeth starts out the play as a ruthless and ambitious woman but her evil actions that she used to brush off starts to weight on her. After she becomes queen she starts to take notice that she is not as happy as she should be. She says: “Naught’s had, all’s spent, / Where our desire is got without content..” . Lady Macbeth questions her happiness and questions weither her sins are worth the crown. “'Tis safer to be that which we destroy / Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.” Lady Macbeth claims that its better to be the person who were murdered than to be the killer and be tortured by guilt.
In this quote she is dreaming about the blood on her hands. She can not get the blood off or the smell to go away. Guilt was killing macbeth and his wife. In conclusion guilt played a major role in Macbeth. The theme of guilt is indicated by Lady Macbeth through her dreams and Macbeth’s internal conflict.
All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” (V.i.l 25, 33-34). The blood symbolizes the guilt that Lady Macbeth has after being involved in the murder of Duncan. The Macbeths believe that cleaning their hands with water would make the sin of the murder not be in connection with them. However, the sleepwalking and Lady Macbeth believing her hands still have blood on them signifies that they will be forever punished for the crime they committed. She feels disillusionment and is unable to cope with the guilt that haunts her which ultimately results in Lady Macbeth killing
Although introduced as a thoroughly hardened, ambitious woman, Lady Macbeth’s seemingly unbreakable character shatters when she is consumed by the demon of guilt. The guilt of Lady Macbeth seems nonexistent when she persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan, but the heinous acts she and her husband commit throughout the play strain her slowly. Eventually, the guilt Lady Macbeth harbors emerges from her subconscious and crumbles her. The downfall of Lady Macbeth reveals that even the toughest, strongest, and most powerful people can succumb to guilt. At the commencement of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the guilty conscience of Lady Macbeth is overshadowed by her relentless pursuit to become Queen of Scotland.
At the conclusion of the play, Lady Macbeth dies from unknown causes, Macbeth is murdered by Macduff, another nobleman, and Scotland rejoices because Macbeth’s reign of terror has come to an end. Attempting to find the cause of Macbeth’s descent into insanity, many have blamed certain characters and circumstances for Macbeth’s downfall. However, using motifs such as gender roles and the supernatural, Shakespeare shows that the cause of Macbeth’s loss of humanity and downfall was Lady Macbeth’s failure to conform to gender roles. Lady Macbeth resists the gender
She participates in many actions that suggest so. In the beginning of the play, she states, “Come, you spirits that server 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). So that she may commit the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth wishes to be rid of her tender side and replace it with cruelty. To murder Duncan, it will require her to be ruthless and that is what she is wishing from the spirits. In addition to wanting to be evil, Lady Macbeth continues to convey her true side.
From hearing a prophecy to committing murder, Macbeth develops a different character throughout the play. That could say Macbeth let a few words from the ‘witches’ puppet him. He was not the only one who was controlled; Lady Macbeth let Duncan’s death take over her, and drive her to insanity. To lose sleep, and going crazy, Lady Macbeth let her guilt eat her alive little by little. From a happy marriage to the Macbeths' no longer having love in their relationship and only having fear, guilt and hunger for power.
Later Lady Macbeth starts sleepwalking from the guilt of helping Macbeth kill all of the people. This is a good example of guilt because he feels so bad that he isn't even making sense. He is doing strange things like talking in third person and just saying random
While asleep, Lady Macbeth said, “yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” (Shakespeare 5.1.34). She is unable to get the “blood off her hands” and goes crazy trying to deal with the burden of the murder. She goes so crazy that she eventually kills herself to end her sorrow. Lady Macbeth is a pivotal character in Macbeth. She is the one who moves the story along through Duncan's murder and Macbeth’s downfall.