--Act 5, Scene 1, Lines 34-39: Lady Macbeth to herself while sleepwalking Guilt in Macbeth While observing from outside the castle, a doctor and a woman notice some strange habits of a Lady Macbeth, who seems to be in a hypnotic state. The doctor and woman take note of the candle in her hand and her lamentations over the murders of Lady Macduff and Banquo. Then proceeds to make comments on the hallucination of bloodstains that appear to be on her hands. Lady Macbeth’s
It is ironic because when Lady Macbeth enters, the doctor and gentlewoman are discussing her ailment of sleepwalking. Lady Macbeth starts telling them about the murders of Banquo and Lady Macduff. She tells the gentlewoman that her murdering hand will always smell like blood; “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!”(5.1.51-53).
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.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth while being filled with ambition, convinces her husband to kill the king. There are many atrocious crimes committed in the play, not least of all regicide, and the most guilty of all the characters is Lady Macbeth, husband to Lord Macbeth. Lady Macbeth may seem to the outside world to be innocent as a flower, but in fact she uses deception and persuasion to convince others to carry out her bidding. When her lackeys fail at their tasks, she is fully able to finish the deed for them. Near the end of the play she admits to her crimes, further solidifying her guilt.
Macbeth on the other hand cannot sleep and starts to see things. When Macbeth starts acting strange towards people, Lady Macbeth deceives everyone to hind their secret. When Macbeth kills Banquo and Lady Macduff, Macbeth’s guilt starts to go away because the evil and amount of power has taken over him. Lady Macbeth starts to feel guilty and is no longer able to sleep. She fears the dark, meaning she is afraid of evil and what has become of it.
Later in the play, her before ‘happiness’ becomes loneliness and obsession over the ‘kiddy’. “I keep wondering about the kiddy opposite”. Still Miss Ruddock believes there is abuse or cruelty going on in the house and even tells the doctor about it. Her loneliness and obsession of the ‘kiddy’ build up, until we reach the climax to find Miss Ruddock has been writing ‘poison pen’ letters. “… Who was it that wrote to the chemist saying his wife was a prostitute?
Duffy structures the poem like a monologue so the reader can track Havisham’s descent into inhumanity, as she descends further into madness. It begins with “beloved sweetheart” presenting the potential off love to someone wanting a “male corpse”. The monologues track the progress of the characters as they descend further into inhumanity. Each piece shows loss of humanity through the influence of external forces and how they are partly responsible for the characters’ loss of humanity. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth’s persuasion and the witches’ charm, both in act 1 to show the influence of others.
Lady Macbeth has just been thinking that her husband is too weak willed to seize what she sees as rightfully his, the throne of Scotland. When she hears that King Duncan will be staying in her home, she says: 'Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top--full of direst cruelty' (1.5). In other words, she longs to act like a 'man' and kill Duncan herself. Lady Macbeth goes as far as to invite demons, or spirits, to inhabit her, enabling her to commit this great evil
Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and frightening female characters. In Act 5, it is evident that Lady Macbeth is experiencing somnambulistic attacks, or sleepwalking. She wants to be relieved of her guilt because several suppressed ideas of an emotional nature enter into this scene and are responsible for making her act this way. Lady Macbeth is desperately trying to wash away invisible bloodstains on her hands as it is a reminiscence of her experience with the murder of Duncan. She also refers to the murder of Banquo and Lady Macduff while in her somnambulistic state.
She becomes evil and ambitious before the murder of Banquo, and then she becomes fearful of her surroundings because of her guilt after Banquo's murder. Lady Macbeth develops her evil character by informing Macbeth about her idea of killing King Duncan and taking over the throne. "What beast was 't then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst to it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more than a man...When Duncan is asleep, his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince that memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason a limbeck only..." said Lady Macbeth (I, VII, Lines 55-77). Lady Macbeth is convincing Macbeth about her plan to kill Duncan when he sleeps.