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.
“Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out”. This takes her femininity away and portrays her as a cold-hearted character who is not only willing to commit murder, but also able to persuade her husband into going against what he believes in. As well as this, the violent imagery in this quote is very shocking and gives a gothic element to Act One Scene Seven. It also shows us how quickly Lady Macbeth
When Macbeth is doubting the decision to kill King Duncan, and his wife, Lady Macbeth, responds by challenging his manhood saying, “When you durst do it, you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.” (Act 1. Scene 7. 55, 56, 57, 58) In this scene, Lady Macbeth is being very cruel and unforgiving in this act, acting more like the man society would expect Macbeth to be. In act 2, Macbeth is seen being very remorseful about his actions and decisions that led to him killing the king, generally playing the more feminine role, acting the way society would expect the female role to act. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, is seen being very uncaring, nonchalant, and generally just very unconcerned with the situation and killing the king, the way society would expect the male role to play.
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. Lady Macbeth shows outstanding displays of will-power, quick thinking and resourcefulness until after the banquet scene were Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost. She saves Macbeth on occasions where he has been in a helpless state, losing all ability to act
(4) By this, he is showing that Miss Havisham wants Estella to break his heart. (5) In the end, however, Estella rejects Miss Havisham as well. Miss Havisham eventually sees that she hurt Pip because she was hurt, and asks his forgiveness. She gets too close to the fire and is burned - in the 19th century, readers would have seen this as God's punishment. (6) In the story of Great Expectations (7), Dickens purposefully portrays Miss Havisham as an 'unreal' character.
Macbeth hatches the plan, as he is in conversation with Lady Macbeth, he states, “When we have marked with blood those sleepy two”. Sleepy contains connotations of vulnerability and no use of self-defence, therefore meaning that the guards are helpless moreover Macbeth planning to frame them whilst at this vulnerable stage, infers the tyranny within. Aristotle’s theory on a Tragic Hero states that persuasion soon follows the self-indulgent of greatness. In this instance, his own wife, Lady Macbeth, convinces Macbeth to kill his best friend, Duncan. She insults his masculinity greatly, by calling him a coward.
Lady Macbeth Looks: Observations -serious -ambitious -leader in the relationship Text Support - "not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee" Actions: Observations -convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan -says she'll sabotage the servants so it'll look like they killed him Text Support - "But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail…" - "If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, for it must seem their guilt" Speech: Observations -Lady Macbeth doesn't care about the death and easily had the ability to get over it Text Support - "a little water clears us of this deed: How easy is it then" Thoughts: Observations - Personally I believe that Lady Macbeth didn't regret anything that she has caused. I think she views her husband as not capable of fulfilling the deed or cowardly and that she basically initiated the conflict and ran the relationship. She did not want to be the same way as Macbeth, she wanted to be better. Text Support - "My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white." Interactions: Observations -She wants and expects Macbeth to go through with killing King Duncan, but is upset when he responds with he can't.
But, she is afraid of his personality ‘too full o’th milk of human kindness’ and decides to take matters into her own hands. This is also the scene where we hear her first famous soliloquy which is ‘unsex me here’ when she calls on the evil spirits. Really, she wants to be the same as the three witches, but because of who she is, she has to repress all her inner feelings and her conscience in order to carry on with her plan to murder Duncan. She has to be two-faced. When Macbeth returns later in the scene, she immediately pounces onto him and tries to persuade him to murder the King and she says it in a very manipulative way.
“Which of you shall we say doth love us most” Act 1, Scene 1, Line 52. Through this, both King Lear’s and Gloucester’s rage and rashness can be seen, resulting in them both loosing sight of what is important. Despite this, their weak characteristics have a small influence on their tragedy and suffering. After King Lear bestows all his possessions to his daughters, rather than being grateful, Goneril and Regan’s lust for power causes them to turn on their father. In Act 2, Scene 4, Goneril and Regan diminish his retinue, disregard his authority and Goneril instructs her servants to treat King Lear with the utmost disrespect.
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.