She frames the Chamberlains for Duncan’s murder and constantly calls on darkness to mask her crimes. She also deceives herself into believing that she could participate in regicide and yet avoid the moral and psychological backlash, and by the end of the play she has become a victim of her own duplicity. Macbeth, the tragic hero, practices deception to achieve his goals, but increasing discards the need for deceit and instead chooses brute force and violence to protect his position. Ultimately, he too fails because of the trickery of the Witches and his desperate determination to delude himself. The Witches appearance in Act 1, Scene 1, sets the tone for the rest of the play.
Lady Macbeth is willing to do anything to make this prophecy a reality. As part of her plan, she determines that she must persuade Macbeth to murder Duncan. However, she fears that Macbeth’s kindness will hamper her ambitions: Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it. (1.5. 13-18) Lady Macbeth voices her concern over Macbeth’s nature, stating that he is “too full o’ the milk of human kindness” to commit the murder that Lady Macbeth desires.
Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to aid her in her plot to overcome her husband's reluctance and force him to kill Duncan. She even claims that she would have done the deed had Duncan not reminded her of her father. “Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to overcome her husband's reluctance”(Riedel, Web). This further irritates Macbeth, by now Macbeth is fully
It fair to say, in addition, that if his betrayal caused this extensive pain that clouded him after he murders Duncan, Banquo and the Macduff’s that it wasn’t a case of fate and was his own doing. However is he to blame? Or does the bulk fall on Lady Macbeth and the three witches. From his very first meeting with the witches, Macbeth's mind became instantly plagued with thoughts of murder and treachery a trait that was instantly noticed by Banquo "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear; Things that do sound so fair?" showing us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind.
In the play Macbeth, the main theme is the corruption of power through unchecked ambition. Macbeth is a faithful soldier and a good man, until three witches tell him of his future. Upon telling his wife the grand news, she devises a scheme where Macbeth kills the king in order to make his future the present. Macbeth is wary at first, and often talks of his guilt and soul before the murder, but, in order to please his wife, and feed his desire to become king, he murders the poor king in his sleep. He then blames two guards for the deed and becomes king of Scotland.
Ultimately her apparent success comes about as she challenges his manhood during the discussion of murdering Duncan, “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1, VII, 49). Macbeth does not want to be portrayed as a coward, especially in the eyes of his beloved wife; he carries out the assassination and ascends the throne as a result. Onwards from this point in the play, the persona of Macbeth changes as he indulges further into murderous behaviour and tyranny leading to his defeat as King of Scotland. Therefore Lady Macbeth played a direct role in Macbeth’s rise to
He realized that the plan might not be reasonable and he started to second guess himself. “If th’assassination/ Could trammel up the consequence” (1.7 3-4) He had always looked up to Duncan and the thought of killing him made him distraught. Lady Macbeth found out that he was thinking about backing out on the plan. This is when she approached Macbeth and yelled at him about not being a man and managed to persuade him back into the plan. When it’s finally time to take action, Macbeth is frightened.
This is the seed from which the whole tragedy of Macbeth grows from. Macbeth contemplates the witches’ words and soon ends up acting upon them. The next key event in the downfall of Macbeth is when he agrees to kill the current king. He is persuaded by his wife that this is a necessary ingredient in becoming king himself. After killing Duncan, he begins to lose his sanity slightly.
/ When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1.7.47-49).. She defines manhood as stark aggression to achieve power in any means necessary such as killing Duncan. Macbeth, had compassion for Duncan but due to fear of being demasculinized if he did not act on his ambition results in his submission into temptation. As said from a female, it makes the reverse psychology from Lady Macbeth even more potent due to the preservation of gender roles. As one progresses through the story, Macbeth becomes more emotionally numb and tyrannical, for he then kills Banquo for fear of his intelligence on the murder of King Duncan. Then he kills Macduff’s family out of anger.
Besides Macbeth, Lady Macbeth also shows her character is deceiving by planning how Duncan will be killed. At the end of the play she dies because the guilt from helping to kill Duncan was too much of a burden on her conscience. Lastly, the witches are deceiving characters because they give confusing prophecies. Macbeth misinterprets the confusing prophecies which later lead to his tragic death. There are many appearances that show characters in the play Macbeth are deceiving, ultimately leading to tragedy.