Beginning with Lady Macbeth summoning evil spirits, to her not being able to hear the horrible news, to Macbeth questioning the masculinity of three murderers, to Macduff deciding to do more than just sit back and watch, to the death of the son of the King of England, gender roles can be found in crack and corner of Macbeth. Starting early in the play, after reading Macbeth’s letter about being told his prophecy of becoming king, Lady Macbeth decides that it is Macbeth’s fate to become king. She knows how loyal Macbeth is to Duncan but she knows she can force Macbeth to betray Duncan. Shakespeare uses this moment to go against tradition and has the good wife of the honorable man start meddling in evil. To do this, she calls upon unholy “spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts” to “unsex [her] here” (I.v.46-49).
The three witches tempt Macbeth with good news and achievements such as promising The Thane of Cawdor and the king hereafter (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 47-48), and as Macbeth meets Duncan and finds out that he indeed is the Thane of Cawdor (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 127), and the fact that the witches knew he was the Thane of Glamis, greed can take over, when such luxury and success is promised. Thus the assassination for the throne progressed the overall downfall. The situation worsens when Macbeth goes to the witches a second time (Act 4 Scene 1), where he finds out about his threats. Finally, after realizing the Birnam Forest actually moving during Macduff’s attack, he knows his downfall has been reached. But we must ask ourselves if Macbeth had never met these weird sisters, then would have this entire saga happened?
The main characters are tragic heroes in each type of way. In both of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet & Macbeth are connected through the plays story background and the connections they have play a significant role in the play. In both plays, there are two women who agree to the murder of someone, so they make their lives more powerful. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is convinced by her husband that the king must be murdered so Macbeth, her husband, becomes king.
The charms wound up.” (Act1.2 )The witches pour prophecies into Macbeth giving him an insight of what is to come in his future, as king of Scotland. Lady Macbeth receives the news from Macbeth causing her mind to flood with corruption on how to get rid of King Duncan; however, Macbeth is not cruel enough to kill the king of Scotland. Or is he? Is Lady Macbeth up to do this
Shakespeare reveals how contagious and evil greed is by the suggestion from the witches that Macbeth will be king. Before meeting the witches, Macbeth is a well-known general who is victorious in battle and is grateful for the king’s praises. This idea of greed is cultivated when Lady Macbeth says, “O, never shall sun that morrow see” (Macbeth 1.5.415-416) when discussing King Duncan with Macbeth. In addition, she pushes the thought further by making Macbeth feel inferior when stating, “What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' the milk of human kindness” (Macbeth 1.5.416-423). Macbeth’s wife implies that King Duncan of Scotland is not to see another day and will be killed while he stays at the home of Macbeth.
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.
Duncan was murdered through Macbeth’s actions; however, Lady Macbeth is the true cause for it. Shortly after the three witches prophecies, Macbeth already begins to contemplate what needs to be done for him to become king. Despite his thoughts and desire to become king, Macbeth decides not to follow these cruel actions. Lady Macbeth comes into the picture shortly after Macbeth discussed what is going on. The theme of what really defines a man is portrayed extremely well shortly after Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter to her, “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of
One example is how is easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth to commit such a heinous crime, and murder their King. After, that their downfall begins because they are both so plagued by guilt it starts to affect them both mentally and physically. The first hallucination that Macbeth experienced was the floating dagger that he claimed to Lady Macbeth, led him to King Duncan the night he murdered him (Shakespeare, 2.1.40-46). Then when Macbeth returns to his wife after murdering King Duncan, he asks her if she has heard any strange noises. Macbeth then goes on to explain how, “There’s one did laugh in’s sleep, and one cried, ‘murder!’ That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them: but they did say their prayers and address’d them again to sleep” (Shakespeare, 2.2.28-31).