Macbeth does murder sleep’ the innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care” (2.2.47-49). In this passage, Macbeth realizes that he will no longer be able to sleep after killing Duncan. This is important because it shows that Macbeth realises that what he’s doing is malicious yet over the course of the play, only gets
As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer. There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities.
Without Lady Macbeth and her scheming that lead to the first murder being committed, none of the rest of the play would have ever happened. Lady Macbeth’s constant encouraging and nagging on Macbeth is what causes him to go through with an assassination plan that he never wanted to go through in the first place. After the first murder is committed, Macbeth finds himself unable to stop in his lust for power. After murdering his best friend, Banquo, Macbeth starts to feel guilty and expresses his guilt to a room full of people at a dinner party, this expression is quickly thwarted by Lady Macbeth’s excuses that Macbeth has been like this ever since childhood. Without the actions of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragic flaw never would have seen the light of day, and the story of Macbeth would never have been
To create added depth to this contrast between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Shakespeare begins to incorporate the idea of sleeplessness to contrast to the initial motif of sleep. It appears only once at the beginning of the story, while Macbeth feels guilty about the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth says that “[he] does murder sleep’- the innocent sleep… the death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath… nourisher in life’s feast” (2.2.47). This appears as one of the only occasions in which Macbeth expresses guilt. Lady Macbeth, however, shows these same feeling of regret later in the story and to a greater extent, also relating to Macbeth’s “murder of sleep”.
He said it is not his place to do so and that heaven will judge her when it comes time. The ghost also tells him that he fell asleep in the garden and Claudius poured poison in his ear to kill him. Hamlets fear about his uncle was true after all. “O my prophetic soul!” he cries (1.5.40). After finding out all this information, Hamlet was in a dark spot that lead him to acting insane to investigate the accusations that his father had made.
In the time of tragedy, an individual’s personality can easily change; this can be extremely dangerous if someone loses their self awareness, as seen by Lady Macbeth’s break down and suicide. Lady Macbeth starts off in the play as a very passionate character. Once she learns about her husbands prophecy, she is filled with the ambition to kill the king. Macbeth is hesitant about killing the king but she won't stop until the deed is done. In the first Act she states, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty.
His decision to kill Macduff’s family was one that cost him his life. Macduff immediately retaliated and unleashed his army upon Macbeth’s army with the help of Malcolm. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth is beginning to go mad, has started to sleepwalk, and has lost her mind. As the enemy forces approach in the distance of Forres, Lady Macbeth kills herself. When the horrific news is revealed to Macbeth he states, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” (V. v).
After hearing this, Macbeth decided to murder Duncan. Macbeth’s ego had a major impact on his behavior. “Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal.”(act1 sc5 32-33) If it was no’t for his own ego, he would have never been influenced by the witches and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan. As soon as he murdered Duncan, his ego took over and he became insane with power and paranoia. This made Macbeth responsible for what he did to Banquo and Macduff’s family.
30-31). Lady Macbeth hallucinates these spots due to her overwhelming guilt over the murders of Banquo, Macduff's family and King Duncan. These spots symbolize the permanent stain of what they have both done and how it cannot be undone. Blood is an adamant symbol throughout the entire play. It symbolizes the horrible violence and deeds executed by Macbeth that Lady Macbeth is suffering from.