By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth realized the consequences her and her husband are going through. She tried to save her out of control relationship by drawing him from plotting. However, she was too weakened by her own psychological guilt that left her drained and was unable to stop Macbeth. In fact, due to her guilt of taking part of the murdering, she started sleepwalking and having delirious visions. These visions make her believe she has blood on her hands that can’t was off, symbolizing what’s done cannot be undone.
Once Macbeth murders Duncan he immediately tenses and panics, but Lady Macbeth steps up and calms him down: “Give me the daggers, The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures; tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted devil.” (II.II.56-58). The use of “devil” in the passage, gives off a dark and evil connotation just like murdering Duncan. Even right after the death of Duncan she still shows no remorse for contributing.
In his play, Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a strong, powerful woman who resists the normal gender roles. In one case, she talked to spirits when contemplating the murder of King Duncan. While doing so, she urged, “Come, you evil spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…” (1.5.41-42). Markedly, Lady Macbeth is shown here in this dark scene, asking to be less like a woman; therefore, defying gender roles because
What, quite unmanned in folly?” Macbeth’s erratic behavior in the Banquet Scene, is a sign of his growing paranoia. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship has begun to deteriorate as they attempt to overcome the constant fear that has begun to consume them. By the last act of the play, all equality and love between the two is lost and replaced with mania.
Lady Macbeth’s fall into insanity in Act 5, scene 1 reveals the pain that has been inflicted on her mind, this scene also reveals the other characters giving up on their queen. This scene is an essential part of the play that truly exposes Lady Macbeth’s character through her insanity and suicide. This can be acknowledged and connected to the characteristics of the ‘mad-hatter’ character, which was abandoned by society for being mentally ill, even though the character was just a victim of a mind-deteriorating poising. I have chosen an alternative reading as, this far in the play Lady Macbeth has just became filled with guilt, which is marginalised as her being insane. This was not explored in great depth, whereas, this alternative reading offers greater knowledge of Lady Macbeth’s true curse of guilt, and explores her deeper mourning.
When Blanche first comes to Stella’s house, she firmly demands Stella to “turn the over-light off!” as she cannot “be looked at in [the] merciless glare” (Williams 11). Although the light seems harsh, Blanche acts hardhearted and pitiless and could possibly be seeing herself in the glare. Blanche “cannot tolerate being seen in bright light” because she is “hypersensitive to her declining physical beauty” (Adler 30). In attempts to protect her own image, she buys a paper lantern to cover the harsh light in Stanley and Stella’s bedroom; Blanche’s mental state is “as fragile” as the paper lantern that protects her from her own reality (Adler 30).
Not only did this hurt Jason, but it also hurt the Corinthian king,his daughter and many more. Medea felt justified in her homicidal acts because she had given up so much to be with Jason. Medea’s nurse explained how the main character abandoned her life for a man she believed she loved, “Sometimes she turns to look away, to call out for her father, her country and home: all abandoned and betrayed for a man who now abandons her, betrays her honor and her love. She has learned the hard way what it is to be an exile to had given up everything” ( lines 29-36.)
The darkness and gloom, which encompasses the speaker’s struggle to find happiness in her heartbreak-induced depression, is heightened by the repetition of her morbid thoughts. An image of an “arbitrary blackness” (Plath 5) preventing her from distinguishing beauty establishes the grim scene. Her subsequent admittance that whenever she closes her eyes “the world drops dead” (1) illuminates the morose attitude she obtains as thoughts of death overtake her mind in the wake of her lover’s betrayal. Additionally, this demonstrates the fact that her mind is her only solace from the hell that the living world has become as
She must live up to them, especially now that she is Queen and many people look up to her. She begins to feel guilty for what she has done and realizes her actions can never leave her or be undone. Her behaviour as she sleepwalks causes the doctor to diagnose her as having a mental disorder, and only a priest can help her. It can be foreshadowed that Lady Macbeth's ego would attack her as she always taunts Macbeth into doing the dirty work and does not do it herself. Furthermore, her sleepwalking represents her unconscious mind.
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. At other times, she is in a straight jacket to prevent her from hurting herself. It seems as if nothing can help her mental madness.
She also gets super paranoid by Noise and would have a hard time sleeping peacefully; she would be afraid of getting eaten by an animal at night. Mary made a thoughtful suggestion stating “ I would avoid drinking water so I won’t have to use the bathroom”. Mary would probably have a hard time in the stocks because she Is very ticklish and tends to kick and fight back while being tickled. Mary will become more isolated after her sentencing and would avoid going back to the stocks. As the more emotional person in the group; Britney stated “I would start crying and become emotionally stressed”.
She states that she is being tormented with anxiety and is fearful of what Banquo and Fleance could do to the two rulers. Could her fear be the cause of her downfall? The power and fierceness between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is comparable to a scale. The lower Lady Macbeth goes, the higher Macbeth goes. Her descent in power causes Macbeth to ascend in power, however, the fact that later on in the act, Macbeth seems to have planned a murder(s) without consent from Lady Macbeth, which shocks
In the event that guilt sneaks up on a person it often expresses itself in the form of restless nights and haunting dreams. As the play commences, Macbeth is swept up in haunting dreams and restlessness sleep,his guilt and uncertainty is starting to catch up with him but he does not know that guilt is what is the thing haunting him. Macbeth has a weight on him “A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,”.(2.1.7) his guilt about killing Duncan is starting to affect his sleep”And yet I would not sleep”(2.1.9) and his subconscious dreams.
Those who work diligently in the face of a problem work harder and remain humble in order to overcome the issue at hand. Others who are power hungry, however, remain selfish and greedy. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth, the Macbeth’s were modest and worked hard for what they wanted- which was power. When it is achieved, the power consumes them and controls their actions. Adversity causes Macbeth to work harder and use the help of the other men around him, yet when he ultimately acquires the power he is searching for, it goes to his head, causing him to act in violence by murdering those who he believes stand in his way.
Everyone is influenced by the people around them to help guide them through the decisions they make throughout their lives. Lady Macbeth is a wicked character in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, who has a dangerous influence towards Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is accountable for manipulating Macbeth to commit the crimes and she helps release the inner demon in Macbeth by persuading him to become a sinful and dreadful man. The mood of hatred and dismay towards the characters is recognized by the references to blood. This image of blood commences as a demonstration of honor evolves into evil then guilt.