After the victory of Banquo and Macbeth against the king 's traitor Macdonwald the witches presence contract the vibe of manipulation seeking Macbeth as its next victim. As they encounter with Macbeth and Banquo, they start-off questioning the trio of leery ladies. "look not like the inhabitants of the earth, / And yet are on it"; they seem to understand him, and yet he cannot be sure; they "should be women," and yet they are bearded. One by one the witches told Macbeth his upcoming abundance of power leaving him immensely petrified. As a result the prophecies were the contemporary force plaguing Macbeth into slaughtering King Duncan for his aspiration.
She accepts knowledge of her end, and lives on with it. As these are some valid points, Creon is the true tragic hero due to his fiery arrogance and even more drastic change in character. When in a heated argument with Ismene and Antigone, he makes a furious remark to the two girls claiming that ”One has just now lost her mind; the other, It seem, has never had a mind at all,” (2.149-150). No noble or fair king would reply in that sense, as it is both disrespectful and mean-spirited. On the other hand, he does go through a humiliating change at the end, now believing in fate and having to face the fact that "[It] has brought all [his] pride to a thought of dust.”(Exodos.138).
Lady Macbeth feels like she has to convince Macbeth to kill before he gives up, so she thinks that threatening his masculinity will work. Another time gender roles are brought up is when Malcolm calls Macduff womanly because he is crying and that he should seek revenge to be a man. Macduff responds with, “Oh, I could play the woman with mine eyes / And braggart with my tongue (4:3:237-238)!” Macduff is embarrassed when seen crying because men were thought to not be emotional. Even today, men are taught that crying is for women. Macduff now feels as if he has to kill Macbeth for revenge.
In Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth’s evil nature allows her to consume Macbeth’s soul. Lady Macbeth has a devious mind, and wants to do dark things, but does not have the ambition to do them. She finds herself needing a vessel to do the things she could never do, and her husband Macbeth would be a perfect fit. Lady Macbeth committed a lot of mind trickery, like questioning his manhood, to consume Macbeth’s soul. During Macbeth’s soliloquy it becomes apparent because “Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse/The curtained sleep.
Instead of going from good to evil like Macbeth, she went from evil to somewhat good. Lady Macbeth proves to be evil from the start by the way she initiated Macbeth’s killing spree. Lady Macbeth wanted her husband to, “Hie thee hither / That I may pour my spirits in thine ear / And chastise with the valor of my tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round” (1.5.15-18). She was speaking to herself saying how she hoped for her husband to hurry home so that she could sway him into murdering King Duncan for the throne. Once he came home, she told him, “What beast was’t, the, / That made you break this enterprise to me?
At the beginning of the play, we believe that Lady Macbeth is strong and very masculine, but by the end of the play, her guilt has taken over her, a quotation that conveys this is, ‘Out, damned spot! Out I say!’. This quotation is referring to the hallucination of blood on her
Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, for better or for worse had stuck by Macbeth. That being said she shares a much of the responsibility of Macbeth’s fall from grace. She pretty much is a catalyst to Macbeth’s actions, she pushed him to do things that he wouldn’t have. She pushes Macbeth to murder King Duncan by challenging Macbeth’s manhood; she also uses disturbing images of their unborn child to push Macbeth. “And dash'd the brains out” such a disturbing image that shakes Macbeth.
The word “fiend” describes an almost demonic hunger, which shows how she was seen to be immoral. During the play, in Act 1 Scene 5, she wants to be filled “from the crown to the toe top-ful of direst cruelty”, which show her desire to be morally corrupt and be only driven by ambition and power. Moreover, Lady Macbeth asks to take her “milk for gall”. This would have been very disturbing and perverted, as women at the time were seen to be only for child-bearing so, turning her breast milk into bitterness would be removing the sole purpose for her existence and would be tampering with the natural order of things. Further, Lady Macbeth would “dashed the brains out” of “the babe that milks me”.
After the vision of the three witches, Lady Macbeth had persuaded Macbeth to go against fate and kill Duncan. She calls him a “coward” and says “[w]hen you durst do it, then you were a man;/And to be more than what you were, you would/ Be so much more the
As the play continues the image of blood haunts the characters so strongly it ultimately consumes their thoughts. Macbeth reveals the horror of the hallucinations his guilt has caused him when he states, “And on thy blade and dudgeon the gouts of blood/ which was not so before. There’s no such thing” (2.1.46-47). This statement reveals how Macbeth’s guilty conscience is causing him to see images that are not real. By Act V, Lady Macbeth’s guilt ultimately drives her mad, foreshadowing her death.
naught that I am,/ Not for their own demerits, but for mine,/ Fell slaughter on their souls: heaven rest them now!” (4.3 223-227). Macduff is upset about the events that occur and is too weak to do anything about it. Instead of being strong and getting revenge on Macbeth, he gets emotional. Shakespeare subverts the stereotypical gender role as he gives Macduff a feminine characteristic of emotion. Macduff uses his anger as he wants to fight Macbeth.
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.