From a happy marriage to the Macbeths' no longer having love in their relationship and only having fear, guilt and hunger for power. Through it all would you consider Lady Macbeth’s suicide was a cowardly case? MacBeth did not care about who he had to kill in order to be high and powerful. You can see his obsession to become the king and have that title, just by hearing the witches prophecy.”All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
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.
Unhae Langis, once wrote that, “Lady Macbeth evokes shame in him [Macbeth] to get him back into the contest.” By constantly shaming her husband, Lady Macbeth holds a great amount of control on the way he sees himself. Macbeth’s actions are ultimately based on pleasing his wife. When Macbeth informs his wife on the witches prophecies, she does not believe that Macbeth is strong enough to do whatever it takes to be the new king of Scotland. In Act I, Scene 5 of Macbeth, Shakespeare writes, “Yet
Unlike Oedipus, after realizing the accuracy of his prophecy, instead of avoiding all possible negative actions, Macbeth devises a plan with the help of his wife to murder Duncan in order to fulfil the dark prophecy. However Macbeth’s weak character becomes provoked by a disappearing dagger, which he hallucinates before the murder of Duncan. The further Macbeth travels the path of corruption, the further he travels from reality, and illusions become his truth. Macbeth acts upon his illusions and as he hears the Lady Macbeth’s bell he questions whether Duncan will go to heaven or to hell, a choice Macbeth lost (Shakespeare 2.1.75-77). Throughout the play Shakespeare illuminates Macbeth’s escape from reality.
Lady Macbeth compares the dead and sleeping to be pictures. Again mocking him by saying only children are scared of paintings. After the murder of King Duncan, “My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white” (2.2.80-81). By saying his heart was white Lady Macbeth says this to mock Macbeth by calling him weak and a coward. Shortly after she says “A little water clears us of this deed” (2.2.85).
There is a pivotal change in her entire attitude, from the moment she begins to question her moral ambiguity which takes place after she comes to terms with her own emotions which she can no longer push aside, ultimately leading to betrayal of herself. Previous to her first plotting of evil, Lady Macbeth is seen as a morally righteous and sane person who simply has a well off life with her husband. However, she turns completely opposite from the greed she acquires within herself wanting her husband to become king. A now selfish and greed hungry Lady Macbeth, plans and succeeds in the murder of Duncan, the first person in the way of Macbeth’s thrown. The act of taking someone’s life proves further all of her moral
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.
Throughout most of the play, she is portrayed as powerful and confident, and more daring than Macbeth himself, though this image changes when she shows signs of weakness, resulting in her death. In Lady Macbeth’s first appearance in the play, Act 1, Scene 7, she behaves in contentious ways that might lead the audience to question her morals. After reading the letter in which Macbeth shares the news, the first words in her soliloquy show her determination and ambition: “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor - and shalt be what thou art promised!” The fact that she states that he shall be what is promised and become king, shows that she is aware of her own strengths and influence over Macbeth. It reveals the possibility that she is the dominant character in their partnership. Aware of Macbteh’s weaknesses, Lady Macbeth knows that he is too gentle to carry out what she may have in mind, and that she will need to help him.
As the story unfolds, it is evident that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are in an abusive relationship. Lady Macbeth seems to be the one that has the top say and final decision in the relationship. Macbeth, however, seems to coward under Lady Macbeth in most situations. He seems to be a lot more sympathetic that his wife, especially when he decided no to go through with killing the king. Lady Macbeth would definitely like the idea of her being queen, which is why she is so upset when Macbeth decides not to go through with killing the king.
Fear and lack thereof can play a strong role when making decisions and taking actions. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth first appears to be a strong woman in control of her husband, then becomes the main instigator of the bloody events that follow. Oddly enough, she disappears halfway through the play until shortly before her death, never seen again fully conscious. This is a stark contrast to her husband’s change from a fearful, guilt-stricken subject to an almost fearless supposed tyrant, before he too, dies off-screen. These changes, amongst other key points, could be analyzed through the comparison of the use of “fear” by different characters, reflecting how the characters perceive and respond to fear.