“(1.3.47-49) These three lines are extremely crucial to the play because it gives Macbeth his beginning thoughts toward receiving the throne. Shakespeare made the witches deceive Macbeth and Banquo who begin to believe they are invincible and have much to look forward to. This proves misogyny in Shakespeare because it ultimately put the witches to blame for all the horrible events in the play. Shakespeare also portrays his misogyny through Macbeth as he belittles the witches by saying, “How now, you secret, black and midnight hags.” (4.1.47) In Shakespeare’s era, chivalry and respect toward women was big. By having a character in his play say this to three so called women, seems
She then goes on to say ‘chastise with the valour of my tongue.’ This show that Lady Macbeth will use her bold words to get Macbeth to agree with her. ‘Chastise’ connotes that Lady Macbeth will shape Macbeth in to what she wants and make him obey her commands of killing Duncan. This gives insight in to the value Macbeth has for his wife’s opinions and the control she has on him. Later on in the play when Macbeth no longer wants to commit the murders, Lady Macbeth is outraged and mocks him, her leverage being his manliness. She questions his manhood and calls him a coward: ‘When you durst do it,” she says, ‘then you were a man.’ Lady Macbeth ridicules him, stating once he kills Duncan, he is then redeemed a man.
Lady Macbeth calls on the spirits of darkness and evil to replace her nurturing and feminine qualities with remorseless cruelty. Macbeth is appalled of the thought of killing his king and can think of many reasons for not going ahead with the murder. So Lady Macbeth manipulates him by accusing him of being a coward and unmanly, until he agrees to proceed with the murder. Lady Macbeth presents her plan that when Duncanâs servants are asleep, he will enter Duncanâs chamber and kill him. Macbeth carries out this murder so the third prophecies will be fulfilled.
Clearly willing to do whatever necessary to seize the throne. AMBITIOUS HEARTLESS LADY MACBETH (The real villain) Persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan as she demands that he becomes manlier. Even after her husband put the matter aside, she didn’t listen to him. STUBBORN PERSUASIVE/DEMANDING Still continued explaining on her ambitious plans, though her husband asked her to stop. Thus she turns an honest man to a tyrant and proves herself as villain.
Shakespeare further cultivates Macbeths quickly changing character through soliloquy and dramatic irony. His success in doing so is disclosed as the once ‘noble’ Macbeth goes against all odds to convey his idea of fulfilling the witches’ prophecies: to kill King Duncan. Macbeth also notifies us that to even anticipate slaughtering the sacred King is an act of treachery and betrayal nonetheless he delivers himself as quite motivated and determined to do so. The “horrid image”, “doth unfix” his hair and make his “seated heart knock”; his lust for ultimate power poisons his loyalty and decays at his integrity. As the play moves on, the audience observe the hasty crumbling of his devotion to God and the King.
Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is a play revolving around greed and ambition. The protagonist is to overcome greed and ambition on hearing the witches prophesies as he sets himself on a path to self-destruction. Macbeth’s strong desire to become king and obtain power was sparked when the witches gave three prophecies. ‘Thane of Glamis…Thank of Cawdor…that shalt be king hereafter!’ These prophecies sparked Macbeth’s ‘thought whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man, that function Is smothered in surmise; and nothing is But what is not.’ After listening to the witches prophecies the fantasy for Macbeth to become king was a fantasy, the mere thought of committing murder shakes him up so much he didn’t know who he is anymore. ‘That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap…’ As the play develops his ambition for power increases and to obtain his power he will step over those who become a threat to him.
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 plays an important part in Duncan’s murder because it is she who had the greater ambition to kill him. If Lady MacBeth weren’t a role in this play, MacBeth would have realized that murder was wrong and illogical. If Lady MacBeth was not a part in the play MacBeth, her husband would not have committed such a heinous crime. In Act 1, Scene 7, Macbeth is hovering around King Duncan’s bedroom, hesitant and afraid. He claims that “This even-handed justice commends th’ingredience of our poisoned chalice to our lips” (Act1, Scene7, Lines 10-12) Here he is saying that, if the King is killed, there will be terrible consequences.
Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and frightening female characters. When we first see her, she is already plotting Duncan’s murder, and she is stronger, more ruthless, domineering, and more ambitious than her husband. She seems fully aware of this and knows that she will have to push Macbeth into committing murder. At one point, she wishes that she were not a woman so that she could do it herself, as when she hears of Macbeths plan to kill Duncan she doubts his courage, ‘I fear thy nature: it is to full o’ milk of kindness’, this implying the negativity of their relationship. Her determination demonstrates her lack of appreciation for the ‘Divine right of kings’ which defines her role as a woman, as she subverts this stereotypical role through language, ‘unsex me here’.
On his way back he meets three witches who tell him his future “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised”. In the play the speaker who has the strong feelings is Lady Macbeth. The main theme in the laboratory is revenge as the speaker is willing to do anything to have her revenge, she woman seems to be a cold blooded murderer as she is not thinking about changing her mind. However the main theme in Macbeth is to do anything to achieve your ambition, even to go as far as to kill some one. The speaker in the laboratory uses an impatient and curious tone as she want