Second, Lady Macbeth’s insanity shows when she sleepwalks. While sleepwalking, Lady Macbeth repeats words she said to Macbeth on the night Kind Duncan was killed, “Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.” (Cowther 5: 1: 26-28). Lady Macbeth’s lust for power was evident as she pushed Macbeth to kill Duncan because she wanted to be queen, but after the deed is done, it is apparent that it has messed with her mind.
In this quote she is dreaming about the blood on her hands. She can not get the blood off or the smell to go away. Guilt was killing macbeth and his wife. In conclusion guilt played a major role in Macbeth. The theme of guilt is indicated by Lady Macbeth through her dreams and Macbeth’s internal conflict.
This makes her a very interesting and dynamic character to watch throughout the story. She starts going truly mad after the banquet in act 3.4 and everything becomes too much for her. She starts sleepwalking which alerts Macbeth so he has a doctor try and help her. In her sleep, she discloses all of her secrets to the doctor and the gentlewoman who do not know what to do with such information. While asleep, Lady Macbeth said, “yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” (Shakespeare 5.1.34).
She goes through this every night, confessing her troubled sins she committed, and goes back to sleep. She is filled with a guilt ridden conscious which is hurting her so sleep walking is the only way her body can cope with the horrific actions she has been exposed to. Fear, ambition, and guilt are shown as characteristics of Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare to sow how too much ambition can turn into run. The play begins with Lady Macbeth having loads of ambition and being cruel but later on she transitions to have a quilt ridden, repentance conscious. She goes from motivating Macbeth to kill King Duncan in order to be king, to being too big of a coward to kill King Duncan, and finally to having dreams of contrition.
Charlotte Gilman’s short story, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, (1899) is a text that describes how suppression of women and their confinement in domestic sphere leads to descend into insanity for escape. The story is written as diary entries of the protagonist, who is living with her husband in an old mansion for the summer. The protagonist, who remains unnamed, is suffering from post-partum depression after the birth of her child and is on ‘rest’ cure by her physician husband. In this paper, I will try to prove that ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ acts as a subversive text by portraying the protagonist’s “descent into madness” as a result of the suppression that women faced in Victorian period. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ depicts the restrains that were imposed
Through the language Shakespeare uses in Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene, he makes it clear Lady Macbeth suffers from extreme guilt about what she has done. When she talks to herself in her sleep Lady Macbeth speaks with a euphony. She says, “The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean?” (V.i.38-39) The soft sounds of the euphony are at contrast with the disturbing things Lady Macbeth is saying. The words themselves sound nice and soft, but the meaning behind them is cruel and vicious.
Ari Mattes again gives a great point of view in her statement, “ We watch her cry as the wife and children of Macduff are executed, and note the look of regret in her eyes as Macbeth becomes increasingly mad” (Mattes 1). Showing from the eyes of Lady Macbeth we watch her wreath in pain of sorrow as she witnesses her husband go “mad” from all his actions. The character of Macbeth manifests into a completely different person in the eyes of film maker Justin Kurzel, as the character seems to be suffering from the pains of his tragic past, also known as post traumatic stress disorder. The memories of battles and violent times in the life of Macbeth, from war times to murders he has committed, puts a serious toll on his mental state. Macbeth can be seen dragging many bodies after the aftermath of war, and the killing of Duncan has shown that it has put a scar into the character of Macbeth.
Duncan is murdered as he sleeps, while Lady Macbeth drugs the servants so they will sleep through the murder and the placement of the knives in their own hands. “Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep/In the affliction of these terrible dreams/That shake us nightly” (III.II.17-19). After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begins to realize the remorse of their actions. “Me thought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!/Macbeth does murder sleep”--- the innocent sleep,/Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care” (II.II.35-37). Macbeth then starts to feel guilty because of his alarming choices.
But, as a result, the character started to hallucinate and see a woman, imprisoned in the pattern of the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom. At the end of the story her personality totally degraded; the woman stopped to understand who she is and did not recognize her closest people: “Now why should that man have fainted?... I had to creep over him every time” (Gilman 656).
"Eat our meal in fear and sleep / In the affliction of these terrible dreams / That shake us nightly" (3.2.17-19). This depicts that Macbeth is fearful, paranoid, and plagued with nightmares that will eventually lead him towards insanity. Additionally, in Act 5 it says "Rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep" (5.1.5-7). The motif is also effective in the quote because Lady Macbeth is acting like she is awake when she is actually asleep. As a result, she is slowly going crazy due to her sleepwalking and not getting enough of peaceful sleep.