Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!” (Act 5, Scene 1) Though she continuously rubs her hands to get rid of the blood, Lady Macbeth can not washed away the guilt that stains her hands. As a result of her inability to escape the nightmare of immense guilt in sleeping or in wakefulness, Lady Macbeth crosses into the state of eternal sleep, death. In conclusion, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth demonstrates that a guilty conscience is a mind-probing enemy that can strike quietly and become a deadly, overpowering force that can subdue anyone with remorse.
Duncan is murdered as he sleeps, while Lady Macbeth drugs the servants so they will sleep through the murder and the placement of the knives in their own hands. “Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep/In the affliction of these terrible dreams/That shake us nightly” (III.II.17-19). After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begins to realize the remorse of their actions. “Me thought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!/Macbeth does murder sleep”--- the innocent sleep,/Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care” (II.II.35-37). Macbeth then starts to feel guilty because of his alarming choices.
Her fear consumes her life and as a result she starts to sleepwalk. While sleepwalking Lady Macbeth talks to herself and says, “What, / will these hands ne’er be clean?” (Macbeth 5.1.38-39) She’s afraid of her past sins and troubled by the destruction they have caused. Lady Macbeth is terrified she can never fully cleanse her soul and will be stuck with this guilty conscience forever. While sleepwalking she relives the night of Duncan’s murder, this time experiencing the fear of committing such a crime. She despises what she’s done, and hates herself for it every day.
Supernatural elements can be seen in Macbeth through the witches and their unusual powers. The witches appear to be helpful in giving Macbeth his prophecy, but in reality want only to stir up trouble and cause strife throughout the kingdom. Although Macbeth wants the witches to tell him his prophecy, he is also afraid to act on these newly found predictions for fear of the inevitable guilt he will then have to face. Macbeth states that the witches as "Instruments of darkness" in order to explain to readers that even though the witches appear to be helping Macbeth, in reality they are causing more harm than good and creating evil thoughts within the characters minds. Macbeth’s prophecy began his desire for power, which led to his struggle with guilt.
This is yet another lie told by Lady Macbeth in order to deceive others and push the attention away from her and her husband. The witches, Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth display the theme of appearance versus reality throughout the whole play. Even though the witches deceive through the truth and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth decieve through lies, Shakespeare sends a reocurring message of deciet. Things are not always as it seems. Foul is fair and fair is foul in this world.
Duncan is in his grave; / After life's fitful fever he sleeps well" (III.ii.22-26). “Ecstasy” in this circumstance can be take to meant a kind of insanity. This means that not only is Macbeth unable to have a moment of tranquility, he feels as though he is going crazy. All of this leads Macbeth to be jealous of Duncan and the fact that he “sleeps well,” or is dead. Essentially, Macbeth longs to embrace the truer sleep of death, because in life, he is unable to slumber or relax, and it is driving him to the brink of sanity.
The act of Allan Grey killing himself after Blanche discover’s that he is a homesexual is what started the chain of events for Blanche to take on majority of her traits. She consumes an excessive amount alcohol to forget Allan and other traumatizing events, but in reality all this lying and drinking is just adding building her insecurities even
The comparison of light and dark is a form of imagery used in William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth to produce a contrast between good and evil. After the death of King Duncan, violations to the natural order through the sun not rising, reflect the corruption and anguish of Scotland. Darkness is also used every time the witches come into a scene giving the appearance of evil and misconception. The use of a candle once lady Macbeth has gone insane is a metaphor that the good of the light will protect her from the evil within. The ideas of light being good and darkness symbolising evil are used throughout this tragic play to establish the mood and scenery.
“Come you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here/ And fill me from the crown to the toe topfull/ Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood,/ Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse.” (1.5.38-42). In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is asking the spirits to make her like a man, make her cruel, and not allow her to feel remorse so she can have the strength for King Duncan's murder. On many separate occasions that Lady Macbeth reveals the spirits inside her. Ambitions is what makes her call upon the spirits, but many of her actions after the fact are caused by the spirits not her own ambition. The first is when she talks about killing her own child which is not womanly at all.
Macbeth is a play that consists of a very interesting tragic hero, Macbeth. He is a tragic hero from his ambition, greed, and guilt, which are known as Macbeth’s tragic flaws. Macbeth’s mistakes and errors combines listening to the witches prophecies, and killing both Duncan and Banquo, are also very supportive of how is a tragic hero. His downfall, of course, is where the Shakespearean term tragic hero struck the most, from Macbeth killing Macduff’s family, his epiphany, to when he suffered death. So, want to know the real secret of Shakespeare’s tragedies?