This forebodes the death of Macbeth and also Lady Macbeth by suggesting that they will not be able to kill the King and live a normal, guilt free life afterwards. Lady Macbeth then creates irony as she mocks Macbeth for thinking this way, she refers to him as a ‘coward’ and insists that this murder is necessary. This part of the play is extremely significant as we realise just how harsh Lady Macbeth is and how far she would really go. She removes any maternal characteristics that she may have had by explaining that her lack of pity would extend so far, that she would murder a baby. “Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out”.
Lady Macbeth is a victim of her uncontrolled ambition.This ambition causes her to push herself and Macbeth to the very edge. She convinced Macbeth to kill Duncan by questioning his manliness. Lady Macbeth shows her negative ambition and ruthlessness while speaking to Macbeth in this quote: "Was the hope drunk?...Like the poor cat I' th' adage." (Act I, Scene vii, Lines 35-45) In this quote Lady Macbeth is asking Macbeth if he is afraid to kill Duncan, and if he has enough courage to say so. She is asking him if he wants to be king or not, and if he is to be king he must commit regicide.
The play is about Macbeth so why do we have this fascination with Lady Macbeth, I shall delve in to the deep character that is Lady Macbeth and find out if she is a fiend like queen. I can see why most people would believe that Lady Macbeth is presented as a fiend like queen, when she gets Macbeths letter as she immediately begins to plot the murder of Duncan this is out of her selfish desire to bear the name “queen” that drives her she comes over fiend like by using violent language, emotional blackmail, insults his masculinity and attacks his weaknesses to help commit the murder. Lady Macbeth takes full charge of Macbeth’s actions and seems to dominate him. Lady Macbeth calls upon the demons “Come, you spirits” this shows her calling upon evil spirits to help her to commit the deed of killing Duncan also the notion that lady Macbeth is possessed by evil spirits could explain the unnatural darkness, most fiend like. Lady Macbeths plots against killing king Duncan which is God’s appointed monarch, so by murdering him she is going against God which makes her more fiend like.
However it can be argued that the word “milk” appears again later in the play this time as something unnatural. Furthermore, Shakespeare uses astonishing, dark language to unmask Lady Macbeth true nature from a devoted wife to a medium who calls on the "spirits" to aid her while she prepares to help her husband murder the king. However, it can be argued that calling on the “spirits” to help her show her weakness as she is but a mere woman. Secondly, Lady Macbeth asks the spirits to "unsex" her. Shakespeare’s usage of the word “unsex me” suggests that she is asking to be stripped of everything that makes her a woman.
This could be explained by Lady Macbeth’s ambition and the fact that Brutus was in state of chaos when his wife killed herself. These two characters also differ in their motives for the murder. Brutus kill Caesar with other conspirators because he was manipulated by Cassius that killing Caesar will benefit Rome, while Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan in order to gain power for herself. Additionally, both Brutus and Lady Macbeth are faced with guilt by the end of the play, which is portrayed in Brutus’s vision of Caesar’s ghost and Lady
Lady Macbeth chastised her husband and called him weak and unmanly when he balked at the idea of killing Duncan. Macbeth was a weak, easily manipulated man whereas his wife was a self-serving, manipulating woman who couldn't do the dirty deeds herself. Once Macbeth gets the crown, he becomes paranoid and goes to any length to keep his position, but it is Lady Macbeth who encouraged his
This shows her bold and powerful character. Macbeth may not have had as strong as intentions or as much courage if his wife was not more concerned about the death of the king than he was. Lady Macbeth is more to blame for the death of Duncan than her husband because of her longing for authority and power. Lady Macbeth is unsympathetic when it comes to the life of others. You see this in her character when she glosses over the murder of Duncan to Macbeth.
Greed is the sin that causes Macbeth to commit murder; killing Duncan to secure the crown for his taking. Macbeth continues to make decisions based on what the witches tell him will come true. The witches’ prediction that Banquo will father a line of kings for Scotland motivates Macbeth to kill him for the same reasons at Duncan, to secure the crown. These actions played out by Macbeth are due to prophesy’s he has been told, but he is still responsible for the actions he has made. Along with greed, Macbeth’s actions are caused from his fear of losing the
A way we learned about the ruthless Lady Macbeth from the quote on Act 1 Scene V, page 312, line 16-17 “What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness.” This quote is Lady Macbeth during her soliloquy is saying that Macbeth is to nice to become king even though he just cut threw an army and cut a man open. If this is too nice for her this means she must be a really nasty person which will rub off on Macbeth and make him do things he will not want to do like kill the king and price so he will become king. Then there is a quote that tells about Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship Act 1 Scene V, page 312 lines 11-12 “My dearest partner of greatness.” Lady Macbeth reads this is Macbeth’s letter to her and it makes her seem like she is equal as him. Also Macbeth seems further in the play to listen to what Lady Macbeth says and will obey her or be tricked by her into doing what she wants.
Macbeth relies on the witches who feed him prophecies and glimpses of the future. After Macbeth hears the witches prophecy, “All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter”(Shakespeare I, iii, 50)! Macbeth immediately thinks that he should be king. When Lady Macbeth finds out about the witches, she leads Macbeth into her plan which involves cold blooded murder. Macbeth is a little nervous at first, but Lady Macbeth is able to get Macbeth to agree with her to kill King Duncan.