In Macbeth’s speech while he is in deep thought on their plan to murder Duncan, Shakespeare uses metaphor to foreshadow their righteous mental demise. When Macbeth is hesitating whether or not he should assassinate Duncan, he was afraid that “We still have judgement here, that we but teach/ Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return/ To plague th’ inventor.” (1.7.8-10). The “inventor” was referring to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is afraid that the “judgment” and “bloody instructions will hurt them. In these lines, Macbeth, driven by ambition, could not mollify himself of this immoral plan of Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare foreshadowed their suffering of guilt by mentioning the word “Blood” throughout the whole play after this point.
In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth decides to cancel the plan of murdering king Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses several techniques to in order to convince him to carry out the plan. She asks him, "was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?" She uses the metaphor of alcohol to imply that Macbeth 's courage is the result of alcohol and not real vigour. Macbeth is a strong warrior, so by insulting him, she is taking a shot at his manliness. Lady Macbeth accuses Macbeth of being too timid and "afeard" to trigger his ambition.
Macbeth killed Banquo, Macduff's son and wife, he tries to hide his evil plan under people's eyes. In order to persuade Hyenas to help him, Scar lies to them that they are allies and friends. "Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill."(Macbeth; 3.2.57) In another aspect, Macbeth and Scar cannot turn back to the right path. "I am in blood Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er."
Why does she shame the slightest form of femininity? As the play unfolds, Lady Macbeth is seen stepping on Macbeth’s toes constantly about being weak and unmanly. But does weak mean unmanly? The construct formed from the beginning of time is that if a man is weak he is feminine, this is the self-conflict within Lady Macbeth. “Lady Macbeth consciously attempts to reject her feminine sensibility and adopt a male mentality because she perceives that her society equates feminine qualities with weakness”, explains that Lady Macbeth fears her femininity (“Be bloody, bold, and resolute”: Tragic Action and Sexual Stereotyping in Macbeth).
Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth, “What beast was’t, then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man” (I, vii, 51-53). When Lady Macbeth says this to Macbeth, she is questioning his masculinity right to his face and manipulating him to get his hands dirty with the blood of the king. Lady Macbeth is making Macbeth question himself and his own masculinity. This damaged Macbeth’s masculinity and faith in himself because he is such great warrior in battle and to be called a coward by your own wife is the ultimate insult.
The brutal events that occur within the play are as a result to the way Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband, Macbeth. The delivery of persuasive speeches is the root cause to why Macbeth questions himself. Lady Macbeth’s ability to deceive Macbeth is shown, and it demonstrates multiple themes. It is fair to say that Macbeth would do whatever possible to become king considering his ambitions, but is it fair to say that he would go to the extent of killing? Duncan was murdered through Macbeth’s actions; however, Lady Macbeth is the true cause for it.
Lady Macbeth plays a significant role in Macbeth’s downfall. Which led to the question was his downfall primarily caused by Lady Macbeth? Throughout the play, Macbeth is being seen as a brave and honourable warrior but later on he was influenced by Lady Macbeth which led him to drive his greed of becoming a king even more and this is one of the reasons that led him to his downfall. One of Lady Macbeth’s trick was questioning his manhood. “And, to be more what you were, you Be so much more the man”.
First it is evident that Macbeth is unable to carry out the murder as he is questioning his own morality; therefore, only through Lady Macbeth’s persuasion he can go on, making her guilty. Her persuasion led to Duncan’s death. Lady Macbeth goes on to question his manhood by saying, “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (I, ii, 49). In her argument she is using pathos an emotional appeal by trying to hit him where it would hurt the most so that he would be motivated to perform the task. It connects with the nature of power since questioning his manhood requires him emotionally to execute his plan.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth Essay Sometimes people have a goal and they won’t stop until that path is achieved. In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare it has positive and negative outcomes, when it comes to how Macbeth proceeds his life in such negative term transforming him into this man he wasn’t before. Shakespeare’s message about right vs wrong leads to the downward spiral of an individual. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was working towards the king title, even if that led to a downward spiral in his life. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth went with a plan to kill his best friend Duncan, with courage to sticking with that plan / and: “when Duncan is asleep (whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey soundly invite him)”.
Shakespeare shows that Lady Macbeth aspires to be a man so that she can show supremacy and be more of a ruler. Because she cannot become a man, she has to work vicariously through Macbeth, making him become king. Macbeth is a powerful man, but Lady Macbeth is a good example why she is more powerful than him and why she play a good gender role in this play. She convinced Macbeth to kill King Duncan, but after knowing that he had changed his mind. She accuses him of cowardice and tells him that a true man would never back out of commitment.