Though Macbeth is reluctant at first to commit the most evil deeds, he is wholly convinced by Lady Macbeth, a driving force of motivation within the play. Lady Macbeth plays a key part in driving Macbeth’s motivations and encourages Macbeth to overcome his strong sense of guilt and take action on the prophecies. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he is “green” (I.VII.40) and “a coward” (I.VII.46) and that he resembles the proverbial “poor cat”. (I.VII.48) The willingness of Lady Macbeth to reach the epitome of betrayal is displaced that heightens the understanding of the overpowering and strong nature of Lady Macbeth as well as the deep and murderous motivations she wishes to impose on her husband. Shakespeare exposes to the audience to the persuasive and emotive techniques Lady Macbeth uses to manipulate and drive Macbeth's motivations.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth Essay Sometimes people have a goal and they won’t stop until that path is achieved. In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare it has positive and negative outcomes, when it comes to how Macbeth proceeds his life in such negative term transforming him into this man he wasn’t before. Shakespeare’s message about right vs wrong leads to the downward spiral of an individual. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was working towards the king title, even if that led to a downward spiral in his life. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth went with a plan to kill his best friend Duncan, with courage to sticking with that plan / and: “when Duncan is asleep (whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey soundly invite him)”.
This type of sentiment can be seen when Macbeth says “ Bloody instructions,being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Act 1, scene 7). Here, with the use of personification, we can see that Macbeth is wrestling with his ambition, as he is still toying with the idea of whether to kill Duncan or not. Macbeth is aware that murdering Duncan is bad and could eventually lead to even more bloodshed, he is also aware that murdering Duncan could ruin his honor which he greatly values. Macbeth states that Duncan is a good man and a good king, and from this he decides that ambition is not enough to justify the possible regicide of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand will do anything to pursue
Despite committing a number of abhorrent crimes, Macbeth’s morality is definitively ambiguous, or “grey,” “because he is so acutely aware of the horror of his crimes” (Charney). Even before his transgressions take place, Macbeth is aware of the “physiological and psychological” consequences the murder will have on him, “forsee[ing] the effects” of his wrongdoings with rightfully placed apprehension (Charney). This sorrowful character is not the one first introduced to the audience, as Macbeth is depicted as an exalted hero in Duncan’s army; however, though his visage morphs into one of a tyrant. During his metamorphosis into seemingly amoral ruler, Macbeth does not take pleasure in the carnage he inspires, contributing to the adversity faced through his remorse. Conversely, Macduff, who may be considered the protagonist by some, is not presented as wholly virtuous.
He is described as being ‘Valour’s minion’ a personification of bravery itself, which was a commendable trait, indicating the masculinity expected of men at the time. Although it can be said that Macbeth already had a predisposition for violence, this violence was used in order to aid his country, without an ulterior, self-serving motive. Macbeth only contemplates regicide after the false predictions of the witches and the encouragement of Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth uses the mockery and degradation of Macbeth’s masculinity in order to persuade him to commit these butcherous actions. When Macbeth shows reluctance to commit, Lady Macbeth claims ‘When you durst do it, then you were a man.’ The questioning of Macbeth’s masculinity would have been considered a great insult at the time.
Macbeth is undisputably one of Shakespeare’s best works. The play centers around the story of Macbeth and the atrocities he commits to secure his reign as king. In order to do this he betrays the trust of his friends and his family; while doing this his character changes from a proud war hero to that of a man with too excessive pride and ambition. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is described as “golden” by the majority of the people he fights for. He has good human traits such as kindness and bravery.
From the beginning of Macbeth to the end, the influences of evil have tremendous effects on the characters of the play. Some characters such as Banquo recognize and are terrified by the the dangers of these evil influences and keep away from them, while others give into the evil’s supposed, promising rewards and lead themselves down a path of villainy. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth exhibit characteristics of villainy, however one proves worse through murderous actions and internal state of heart prior to death. In regard to evil, in many ways Macbeth and Lady Macbeth remain “exactly in tune with one another” throughout the play (Chapman 151). Both of them do not want to wait for the future and hastily attempt to
One of these cons is the guilt that will haunt Macbeth for the rest of his life: “Let not light see my black and deep desires”(Macbeth Act 1 Sc 4 li. 59). Macbeth realizes that he is human, and he asks that he will have courage to follow through with Lady Macbeth’s callous plan. Macbeth also realizes how good of a person the King is which leads him to reevaluate the plan. The
A Fate of Suffering The truth can be an excuse someone uses to justify their actions. It can be a positive force that drives someone to excel and answer complicated questions that have been avoided in the past. However, it can also be the force that initiates a series of destructive actions in order to find answers. In the play Oedipus, by Sophocles, and the tragedy Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, curiosity instigates several murders and harmful acts due to the curiosity that two prophecies give the main characters. In these tragedies, both of the main characters are challenged when their fate is revealed.
Unlike Shakespeare’s other main characters, he is much more enigmatic. In they play Prospero is portrayed as the rogue who seeks revenge on his brother Antonio for his treachery. In this Shakespearean comedy it becomes clear that Prospero is the heart of power on the island. Evidently Prospero has been wronged by his brother’s usurping which he could not control and now uses his magic as a tool for controlling the events that occur on island throughout the play. The theme of power in this play is hugely significant as it clear that the violence interrogated in this play is in relation to power and the abuse of that power by the protagonist.