The irony of the situation has relation to Act Two. In the last Act, she states her hands were still stained by Duncan’s blood. Which ironically contradicts her original stolid attitude and thought of water being able to wash away the deed. Blood, symbolizing death and staining, symbolizing guilt, work together all throughout the play and soon takes one shocking leap, when Lady Macbeth hangs herself. Her death was driven by guilt, as the blood in every other scenario resulted in staining.
Shakespeare uses the recurring symbol of blood to emphasize the effect of death and violence on the human psyche. The connotation that Macbeth associates with blood switches from a primary motivator to a guilty reminder. Prior to Duncan’s murder, Macbeth witnessed a floating dagger covered with blood (II.i.33). Macbeth had experienced violence and Blood is also used as a reminder of the guilt and trauma from the murder of King Duncan, the guards and Banquo. Macbeth refers to his hallucination of the ghost of Banquo: “It will have blood, they say.
Blood begins to symbolize Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeth’s guilt because they start to feel that their crimes have stained them in a way that can’t be washed clean. Macbeth cries after he has killed Duncan, even as his wife yells at him and says that a little water will wash the blood from his hands. Lady Macbeth's hallucination of blood on her hands seems to represent her feeling of guilt. She feels so guilty that she is having psychological problems as well. For instance, blood shows the
This shows Lady Macbeth's feeling of remorse while she relives the violent murder in her sleep. In the words “the old man to have so much blood in him”(5.1.41-42) she is not only referencing King Duncan's murder but all of the murders that Macbeth committed. This also shows how she is questioning why she pushed him to commit the murder. As well as questioning the fact that she had no idea that he would become so paranoid and start on a murder spree. Lady Macbeth believed that it was a one murder deal.
30-31). Lady Macbeth hallucinates these spots due to her overwhelming guilt over the murders of Banquo, Macduff's family and King Duncan. These spots symbolize the permanent stain of what they have both done and how it cannot be undone. Blood is an adamant symbol throughout the entire play. It symbolizes the horrible violence and deeds executed by Macbeth that Lady Macbeth is suffering from.
“One cried God bless us! and Amen… List’ning their fear, I could not say ‘Amen’ when they did say God bless us” (Act II, scene 2, l. 26-29). Macduff is different from Macbeth because Macduff is a courageous man who is not selfish like Macbeth is. Macbeth kills Duncan and wipes the blood on Duncan’s servants to make it look like the servants did the killing. “Who can be wise, amazed, temperate, and furious, Loyal and neutral,
This scene shows Macbeth's guilt and his conscience coming into action once again as a vision as it was Macbeth who ordered Banquo to death, after him having suspicions of Macbeth killing Duncan. We see now that, funnily enough, Macbeth's guilt from a previous scene has led to another scene emphasising his guilt. We see this throughout the play quite evidently this pool of guilt getting larger and larger until it has reached its highest point. As soon as Macbeth comes into contact with the ghost of Banquo, corruption is brought to his mind and his conscience is flattened and destroyed and overridden with guilt causing the conscience of Macbeth to what was a feeling of ambition to the feelings of guilt and anxiety. During the Elizabethan and Jacobean period, religion had a heavy influence in society with many believing the living and dead were able to communicate.
For example, in the silence and darkness of night, after Macbeth kills Duncan and Lady Macbeth frames the guards, she states, “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white,”(2.2.61-62). Saying that her hands were of his color means that her hands were covered in blood, an ubiquitous image that is used multiple times throughout the play. Notably, blood is connected to death and darkness, especially throughout Macbeth. The blood contributes to the evil theme and creates a dark tone; therefore, causing Lady Macbeth to be seen as evil. Along with the blood connection, the fact that she told macbeth that she would be ashamed if her heart was white (weak) as his reveals her desire to be strong.
Hamlet has come to see his mother, Queen Gertrude, and ends up stabbing Lord Polonius, which ultimately leads to his death. Lord Polonius’ final words include “O, I am slain!” Even though this provides a slight amount of comic relief to the reader, it has a reverse effect on Ophelia’s mental state. Her father’s death seems to be the potent punch in this fight because she officially goes mad after this final event. This is apparent in Scene IV Act I, when Laertes has come back to visit his sister and check on her well being. He is disappointed to see that Ophelia is displaying irrational behavior when she begins to sing “They bore him barefac’d on the bier; Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny; And on his grave rains many a tear.” She is so mentally ill that she must be locked in a padded room during the day.
As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer. There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities.