There is a difference between those who are evil, and those who are just misunderstood. In the beginning of the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth appeared to be evil because she was asking the spirits to make her evil so she can murder King Duncan. In the end of the play she could not handle the guilt she felt, and she killed herself. Even though she she appears to be evil, she is just misunderstood. Although Lady Macbeth seemed evil and harsh at the beginning of the play, she gets taken over by her guilt in the end.
Throughout the play Lady Macbeth has a great influence upon Macbeth’s decisions, including the one which begins all the bloodshed, daring Macbeth, “Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem[? ]” (1.7.41). Lady Macbeth invigorates and changes Macbeth’s attitude from unwilling and ambiguous about murdering Duncan to “settled, and bend up...to this terrible feat” by using pathos, demonstrating that Macbeth chooses evil because of the flawed influence of Lady Macbeth who is leading him down to a tragic alley.
and obtains the title, which trigger an arrogant and self-absorbed thinking leading to madness and finally, death. The play seems to bring up the question, whether Macbeth is fully responsible of his own destiny, or under control of fate. In the first glance, the play seems to take rather fatalistic direction, meaning that we are powerless to make decisions as they are inevitably determined by supernatural power (Hugh 1)) It is due to the presence of supernatural forces throughout the whole play that systematically fulfills the prophecy; therefore the witches represent the idea of fate in the play. However, Shakespeare seems to rather intertwine fate with free will and perhaps even promotes the second philosophy as the play evolves. Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan.
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.
“Pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.” In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Macbeth experience pressure from his surroundings. Pressure can lead a person in either the right or wrong direction. Futhermore it can also take away the consistent thought of one’s mind to jeopardize themselves or others. Macbeth’s wife and the witches encouraged him to be woeful. From reading this drama, some people can infer that Lady Macbeth supports her husband’s injurious scheme to kill King Duncan and the witches made Macbeth feel arrogant about himself.
The witches also known as the weird sisters prophesize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, which comes true, but is also apparent based on Macbeth's job and performance in battle. They also prophecize him to become king which Macbeth makes happen through various dastardly deeds. Making these “weird sisters” actual supernatural power a discrepancy; a more likely reality is they are scorned women who use things they hear or fabricate to manipulate the lives of others. The name weird sister suggest they are not welcome, liked, or trusted. They most likely use their knowledge of people weakness and ambitions in order to gain some control.
Macbeth and lady Macbeth both became crazy because of the deadly deeds that they committed. In the beginning of the play blood is shown as honor and bravery and towards the end of the play its shown as guilt and remorse. Lady Macbeth starts this off when she asks the spirits to .”Make thick my blood”.Stop up the access and passage to remorse..” (1,5,33-34).What she means by this is that she wants to poison her own soul to be insensitive and not feel remorse. She doesn't not want to feel remorse because of the deed that she's about to make. Macbeth had guilt, not like lady Macbeth.
After the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth tries to calm down Macbeth “a foolish thought, to say a sorry sight” (2.2.30), “consider it not so deeply” (2.2.41), “you do unbend your noble strength, to think so brainsickly of things” (2.2.59-60). In 2.2, Lady Macbeth’s mind us bold and collect, but further on she becomes insane in the thought of murder, which is ironic because she told Macbeth not to think about the murder in result that it will make him brainsick (2.2.60) but then she goes insane. Later in the play, Lady Macbeth becomes obsessed in the “spot” and rubs her hand repeating “out, damn spot! “(5.1.35), she becomes mentally disordered after she handled the daggers (2.2.69). Lady Macbeth character starts as a bold woman but slowly becomes weak due to irony.
Their introduction to the play establishes a supernatural element that is consistent throughout the play, allowing for further exploration of ideas such as the destruction of oneself as a result of being overambitious. Shakespeare creates a stormy, bleak, and ominous atmosphere when the Witches are first introduced, successfully associating them with a negative atmosphere. It is through their prophecies that Macbeth’s lust for the throne is encouraged, consequently leading him to his own demise and destruction of Scotland. The
In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the deaths that occur in the play. Lady Macbeth accomplished this by infringing Macbeth’s comfort level, which made him uncomfortable and give into her desires. The four reasons why Lady Macbeth is responsible is she summons evil demons to fill her body with evil, her death pushes Macbeth over the edge, she has the gender power over Macbeth, and she drives Macbeth to become power hungry. During the course of the play most of Lady Macbeth’s actions cause a direct reaction from Macbeth. If Lady Macbeth had not exhorted Macbeth into murdering King Duncan, then he would have remained a sane man and decided against killing Duncan.
Second, Macbeth is aware of his tragic flaw, but he does not choose to better himself. Lastly, although being influenced by the witches, Macbeth makes the choice to believe in the witches and to take certain actions. To begin with, Macbeth is greatly influenced by Lady Macbeth. She “is depicted by Shakespeare as an equal of Macbeth in the realm of ambition and ruthlessness; without her, in fact, Macbeth 's courage may never have reached the ‘sticking-place’” (Moss & Wilson 7). She convinces him to commit the murder of King Duncan, as well as convinces him that murder is the only way to achieve their ambition.
In Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, there is a clear role played by the supernatural. From the very first scene, we see three witches plotting Macbeth’s fate, discussing events that are yet to come. Throughout the play they use their power to manipulate Macbeth; it appears, for their own amusement. Over the course of the story, Macbeth’s actions are highly motivated by the supernatural. The witches clearly entice him with power and even antagonize him so they may bend him to their will; other supernatural forces even lull him into a false sense security with the twisted words of their prophecy.