Lady Macbeth’s lust for power was evident as she pushed Macbeth to kill Duncan because she wanted to be queen, but after the deed is done, it is apparent that it has messed with her mind. If it was a common act to sleepwalk and talk in your sleep the gentlewoman would not assume the doctor could prescribe medicine to help. Lastly, it is apparent that Lady Macbeth’s lust for power drove her to insanity when she committed suicide. Macbeth and Seyton heard a scream and Seyton went to check on the cause. After returning he made the statement, “The queen, my lord, is dead.” (Cowther 5:5: 17).
From hearing a prophecy to committing murder, Macbeth develops a different character throughout the play. That could say Macbeth let a few words from the ‘witches’ puppet him. He was not the only one who was controlled; Lady Macbeth let Duncan’s death take over her, and drive her to insanity. To lose sleep, and going crazy, Lady Macbeth let her guilt eat her alive little by little. From a happy marriage to the Macbeths' no longer having love in their relationship and only having fear, guilt and hunger for power.
From murder to greed Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays a story of how one’s flaws can transform into a person’s way of thinking and acting. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from a cold-hearted, greedy, shell of a human body into a guilt ridden woman. Her selfish desires met with ambition and a want for power pushed her into driving Macbeth to kill Duncan. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth become very guilty because of the crime they have committed. Although Macbeth actively kills the King, Lady Macbeth was more guilty of Duncan’s murder than Macbeth.
A Guilty Conscience: How Guilt Drives the Powerful to Insanity Guilt is the cause of the destruction of many, particularly in Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth. As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth continue to murder for the sake of power, they embark on opposite journeys but their guilt ultimately drives them both to insanity. Macbeth goes from being driven mad with guilt, to his instability causing him to murder recklessly. His wife goes from expressing no compassion or guilt to her guilt overcoming her and driving her to madness. After the Macbeth kills Duncan, he has committed his first real murder.
By playing on Macbeth’s deepest ambition, it brought forth thoughts of evil and as a result, it leads Macbeth down a violent path. Lady Macbeth also has a part to play as she is the driving force, who plotted and urged Macbeth into committing the hideous act. Lady Macbeth attacked qualities of Macbeth’s manhood, telling him when he commits the murder then he “[is] a man”. Shakespeare suggests that Macbeth lacks the strength of character, but through manipulation of his ambitions, he gains the strength to carry out the act. Straight after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is shaken by what he has committed and says will all “great Neptune’s ocean, wash this blood/clean from my hands”, reveals that he is now regretting his decision and is making an attempt to get rid of the evidence.
She could just be a very evil person who only wants to murder and manipulate people. However, Lady Macbeth reveals evidence that this is not the case about her. Lady Macbeth begins to sleepwalk and speak about the murders she has been a part of. “Attack, I am afraid, they have awoke. And tis not done.” Here she reveals her guilt about the murder of King Duncan and how he resembled her father.
Misogyny is shown through Macbeths wife and the witches. Macbeths wife is one of the main causes in him going on a murdering spree and is portrayed as evil. The witches were all women and witches were evil. The theme of greed is shown through Macbeth. It isn’t enough for him to become the thane of Cawdor, he also has to become king even if it means killing everyone in his
Macbeth never came to terms with the issues of killing. Macbeth continued to kill, just so he can reign over everyone in the kingdom. “A female mind threatens Lady Macbeth wanting the power more than Macbeth did.The killings overtook Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, it leads both of them into allusions through the story. Masculinity is the possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men. Lady Macbeth constantly questions Macbeth’s manhood through the story.
After given the title of Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth starts believing the prophecies made by the witches and “yield[s] to that suggestion [of killing the king] with horrid image.”(1.3) In addition to that, when Macbeth vacillates if he should “proceed no further in this business” because King Duncan “hath honored him of late,”(1.7) Lady Macbeth’s impact begins to show up; her agitation and goad consolidate Macbeth’s selfishness and desire of kingship that needs to be frantically achieved. Therefore, Macbeth murders King Duncan, which directly raises Banquo’s suspicion that he “played’st most foully for ’t.”(3.1) Banquo’s “wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety” makes Macbeth afraid of him and his son. Infinite suspicions between them suggest an obvious shift of their
So although Macbeth was killed by rebels, Lady Macbeth has ultimate responsibility for his death. Lady Macbeth is responsible for killing her husband because she pressured him into the killing of others, which ended up getting him killed. As soon as Lady Macbeth found out she was becoming wife to the Thane of Cawdor, all she wanted was more power. Lady Macbeth applied pressure on Macbeth In Act 1 Scene 7 Lines 38-41 by saying, “. .