Essay On Lady Macbeth And Lady Macbeth

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Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth can be considered the serpent in the relationship. The serpent in the relationship is best described as the person who makes evil decisions throughout the play. Macbeth is given a number of prophecies concerning his fate. He tells Lady Macbeth about these prophecies, and she starts plotting a way to make these prophecies come true. These plans include killing King Duncan, Banquo and Macduff. After Macduff’s family is killed, Macduff arranges the death of Macbeth. He kills Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth kills herself, and the throne of Scotland is left Malcolm, King Duncan’s older son. Lady Macbeth seems to be a malicious character, whereas Macbeth seems to be more kind hearted and looks for the best in people. Both characters could be considered the serpent in the relationship, as they both make abysmal decisions throughout the play. This essay explores the reasons as to why Lady Macbeth is more of a serpent than Macbeth. To demonstrate Lady Macbeth's malicious behaviour, she instigates the murder of King Duncan and his servants. When Lady Macbeth exposes the prophecies given to Macbeth, she gets power hungry and influences Macbeth into killing anyone, to become the King. In order to do so, she conjures evil spirits “that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me (her) here, and fill me (her), from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty” (1.5.43-46) in an act so diabolical and sinister. The audience gets to really know who is in charge of the marriage through this soliloquy. When Lady Macbeth finds out that King Duncan would be staying at her castle, she prepares for the death of King Duncan. As Lady Macbeth fears a lack of masculinity in Macbeth, she expresses her ‘concerns’ to the spirits. By saying ... ... middle of paper ... ...e used to send a warning. The first apparition is the form of a disembodied head. Letting Macbeth know, he needs to be wary of Macduff. To deal with Macduff, he kills his family, resulting in Macbeth's own death. The second apparition is in the form of a bloody child. Explaining, that he should fear anyone born of a woman, for they would harm him. Though everyone is born by a woman, Macbeth feels he has nothing to fear. The last apparition is in the form of a child wearing a crown with a tree in his hand. This apparition claims that Macbeth will not be beaten until Birnam Wood travels to Dunsinane Hill, actually telling Macbeth that Macduff is coming to kill him. Though because Macbeth is blinded by his own superiority, he believes that these apparitions are a hoax. These apparitions justify Macbeth being the serpent because he takes everything into his own hands.
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