Macbeth, Crime and Punishment Macbeth, a warrior, earns the title of Thane of Cawdor early in the play. His wife, Lady Macbeth, wants him to become king like the witches prophesied. They make a plan to kill Duncan while Macbeth starts to kill other people. All this murder begins to weigh heavily on the Macbeth’s and they start going crazy with guilt. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, guilt can punish people even if they are not caught, which is illustrated with the downfall of the Macbeths.
She is evil because she prays for spirits to give her the strength to turn emotionless. Lady Macbeth could be seen as truly evil for asking the spirits to fill her up with cruelty. However, by the end of the play, she is so consumed with guilt from her actions, that she kills herself. As Malcolm informed the crowd, “Fiendish queen, who took her own life,”(V,vii, 205). By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth felt guilty about her role in the murders.
Early on in the play Lady Macbeth was characterized as a ruthless person, but later on in the play the audience softens up on her because she reveals her weak side. Lady Macbeth was a ruthless person, and no one expected it because even today in society women are not associated with evil characteristics, she demonstrates this when she continuously insults her husband. For example, when Macbeth changes his mind about killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth scolds him, and insults his masculinity and persuades him by saying that he owes it to her to kill Duncan. She uses this tactic of persuasion, by targeting Macbeths insecurities; this is very ruthless because Lady Macbeth shows becoming royalty over her husband’s dignity. With this in mind, usually relationships
Macbeth states to Lady Macbeth, “we will proceed no further in this business” (I, VII) since he almost finally decides to refuse to kill Duncan. However, Lady Macbeth uses different manipulative methodologies towards Macbeth and persuades him to consult the killing of Duncan. “So green and pale” (I, VII), Lady Macbeth even called him a coward. From the same scene, she mentions, “From this time, such I account thy love”, implying that if Macbeth cant stay steady concerning the murder of the king, then she will consider his love for her to be as similarly conflicting. Later in scene, Lady Macbeth states that if she had made such a promise as Macbeth did to her, she would “dash the brains out” of her own child as “it was smiling in her fail”.
Both, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth want power, however, Macbeth does not to be free of his human traits. Lady Macbeth wants the spirits to come and take her all femininity away. Lady Macbeth believes becoming a man, stripped of personality traits she will be able to commit the evil deed and kill the King for power. Moreover, she will not feel pity or empathy while
Most probably, the three Witches however caused Macbeth nothing but the trouble. First, the sisters encouraged his undeveloped mind or ambitions to be King of Scotland. In addition to this, the prophecies of Witches gave Macbeth a false sense of safety. Lastly, Witches prediction of becoming King led Macbeth to believe he would be happy some day which was far from the truth. The three Witches contribute the most to Macbeth’s ruin.
Firstly, as shown from her name, she realizes the only way to gain power is from Macbeth, and since she knows him well, she is able to puppet him. Throughout act one, she manipulates him by questioning his manhood and goading him into murder. While Macbeth and Lady Macbeth discuss the situation at hand, she voices her concern that his “nature is too full o'th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (I.x.15-17) Lady Macbeth is alluding to the fact that Macbeth is too kind to really take over. A mothers’ milk is nurturing, associated with kindness and femininity, something Lady Macbeth fears Macbeth is too full of. Further, Macbeth points out that because of her manner, she should “bring forth men-children only” (I.xii.72), for she is too masculine and cunning to raise a girl.
He decides his final decision by the push of Lady Macbeth. He tells her, “I am settled, and bend up/ Each corporal agent to this terrible feat” (I.7.79-80). Macbeth end ups murdering the king due to Lady Macbeth pushing his flaw even more. Banquo’s fate, on the other hand, was that his descendants were to become kings. Macbeth's flaw makes him become paranoid about Banquo’s children being king because he wants the throne for his own descendants and not his.
As a result of unrestrained ambition Lady Macbeth has gone senseless, she is blaming the murder of King Duncan on the innocent servants. Her desire for power has made her ruthless, cruel, and cold blooded. Lady Macbeth’s yearnings and ambition cause’s her to die, and later her desires end up killing her husband as
This lack of women could be caused by requirements to actors – men played both types of roles, and it could be difficult to find enough amount of travesty. The period of time also affected women’s behavior in the play. Both Ophelia and Gertrude were quite obedient and passive. These traits led to their death. This applies especially to Ophelia who did not demonstrate the presence of own opinion and easily became deranged because of Hamlet’s behavior and father’s death.
Besides, the audience see Lady Macbeths is influencing her husband’s feelings by she is using her love as a weapon because she is saying do it or I will not love you. This is manipulative because she is cornering her husband, so he will have no option but to carry on with Duncan’s murder. Another example is when Lady Macbeth pulls
She demands that “direst cruelty” assemble her. She assembles everything that is evil inside her body in order to complete the evil deed of killing Duncan. If she is missing form the story, the murder of Duncan would not take place. This is because during multiple parts in the story, Macbeth possesses terrible uncertainty of whether it is right to take the life of such a great king in order to obtain the power of the throne. Despite Macbeth doubting whether or not he should follow through with the assassination of Duncan, he is always convinced by Lady Macbeth that killing Duncan is appropriate.
This is why Lady Macbeth acts not only as Macbeth 's confidant, but also his controller. Consumed by her desire to become Queen, Lady Macbeth herself plots the murder of Duncan and when Macbeth questions the idea of regicide, she manipulates him with her powerful soliloquies. This is done by condemning her husband’s biggest insecurity; his manhood. She states that Macbeth would be “So much more the man.” (Shakespeare, trans. 2012, 1.7.58 if he were to follow through with the plan.
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.