In Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and both, Browning’s Victorian Dramatic Monologue “The Laboratory” there is a variety of disturbed characters. In Macbeth it is Lady Macbeth who is driven to guilt due to her, convincing her husband to murder King Duncan. In the Laboratory, a woman discovers her husband has been unfaithful to her and is trying to further his own social standing by sleeping with women of higher social order than he is. She’s obsessed to gain her revenge through her obsession of “poison.” In Act 5 Scene 1 of Macbeth, Shakespeare has used the technique of Dramatic Monologue. Act 5, Scene 1 is the sleepwalking scene which already shows her disturbed mind to the audience.
The couple faces opposing moral dilemmas when planning a murder. The couples struggle for power has changed since the murder. The couple’s final foil towards one another, ends in a very tragic finale. The clear contrast between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth create serious conflict amongst the couple. Firstly, the first great crime highlighted the early contrast between Macbeth and his wife.
When people find out that the king is murdered they accuse the guards. For this reason, Macbeth kills the guards because he is afraid that they would deny killing King Duncan. As Macbeth is crowned king, Banquo starts to suspect that Macbeth cheated to earn his title. When Macbeth knows that Banquo suspects him, he hires murderers to kill him and his son, Fleance. Not only was he terrified that Banquo would expose him, but he was afraid that Banquo’s line would all become kings in the future, as according to the witches’ prophecies.
Macbeth has returned from the murder scene and brought the daggers with him. She is annoyed with him because he is being careless and is too scared to go back after the murder. She goes and puts them back herself. Lady Macbeth plays a key role as she removes her feminine caring feelings so she can push Macbeth to carry out the murder. Secondly, the witches are also responsible for the murder of King
She would not take so much effort in prospect of causing such painful deaths to the ladies and torture him. Her intensity watching the potion being made shows the ecstasy she suddenly feels almost turning to wickedness and evil. It shows her desire of this evil act through the scheme which will cost her her "whole fortune" this shows her ambiguity and high intentions for the potion and murder– the sense that she will be forever recognised by this act is shown with the closing line "next moment I dance at the King's," the poem implies her intention to carry herself as a woman who has accomplished a great deed as she believes. She
Web. 5 Dec. 2014. In the article of criticism “Macbeth,” Mary Ives Thompson and Francesco Aristide Ancona analyze how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change dramatically from the beginning of the play to the end. Both the critics believe that such change happens due to the fact that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have motive to break out of their strict roles given to them by society. They write that Macbeth emerges as a man who is “completely confident in his grab for power.” Lady Macbeth, the one who told Macbeth to simply wash the blood off of his hands, ends up roaming around in her sleep through “the castle corridors at night bemoaning her unclean hands following the murder of Duncan and his guards.” At first, Macbeth was a kind man, but he became “completely remorseless in his bid for the crown.” And Lady Macbeth was fixed upon power and prayed that spirits would help her by getting rid of her feminine aspects.
1. DESCRIPTION OF LADY MACBETH Lady Macbeth is presented to the reader from her first appearance in the play as a woman fired by ambition. What Macbeth lacks in decisiveness, Lady Macbeth makes up for his lack of bloodthirsty lust for power and wealth. Swearing off her femininity at the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband powerfully to follow through with his plans to kill Duncan. After the act of regicide, it is Lady Macbeth who has the soundness of mind to plant the incriminating evidence on Duncan's guards.
Macbeth is introduced as a dutiful subject who quickly becomes known as a tyrant due to the influences of the determined Lady Macbeth, who deeply desires power and status. Macbeth is persuaded by his bellicose wife after becoming entranced by three witches’ psychic premonitions. Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth’s temptations to ensure the witches’ premonitions become realities by assaulting what she perceives are weaknesses; however, these are the same qualities he has received honors for. Macbeth’s resistance to his wife’s intentions fade as he is manipulated (Sheinberg) into following her plan to assassinate the King, an act Macbeth can hardly imagine undertaking. Macbeth sends news of the witches prophecies and his coming fortune, which sparks an unscrupulous attack on his morality by Lady Macbeth, and the audience begins to feel compassion for the scorned hero.
How are the points from Act 1 Scene 5 developed throughout the play? There are high amounts of tension built up throughout scene 5, which bring up lots of suspicion amongst the characters. The main parts of scene 5 give the reader a hint to what may occur later on in the play. The ghost informs Hamlet of his brother’s murderous ways and incest by marrying Old hamlets wife, Gertrude. Claudius is revealed to be a two-faced character and a ‘smiling damned villain’.
This misinterpretation, committed in pursuit of power, leads Macbeth to perform certain actions which result in the death of the king, the death of Macbeth’s friends, and eventually his own demise. At the start of the play, Macbeth is seeking a great amount of power. His wife, Lady Macbeth says to him, “When you durst do it, then you were a man;” (Act 1, sc. 7, line 56), suggesting that they have either considered or committed murder for the sake of their own advancement in the past. Macbeth further condones this in his action to the witches’ prophecy that he will become king.