Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth, is the story of a man named Macbeth who kills the present king of Scotland, Duncan, in order to become the king, and the aftermath of that event. Within Macbeth, very few female characters are introduced. The first female characters are the three witches, who prophecize the whole play, and then Lady Macbeth, the wife of Macbeth and the most prominent female character in the play. Both the witches and Lady Macbeth lead Macbeth to kill Duncan, but once he does, they find themselves unable to live with the consequences. Shakespeare purposefully wrote the main female characters in this derogatory way so as to assert the idea that women cause ambition, ambition is bad, and therefore, women are bad, but then shows that once the women cause bad things to happen, they can’t deal with them. In Macbeth, Shakespeare documents his belief that women are not only deceitful and cause deadly ambition, but cannot withstand the ramifications of that ambition once they come to pass.
As the concept of traditional female is significant in Elizabethan society, Lady Macbeth is rather contradictory as she is ambitious and takes control to persuade Macbeth. To begin, when Lady Macbeth receives Macbeth’s letter with the witches appearance and the prophesies, she realizes that her husband is weak-willed and plans to persuade him to remove any obstacles. Worth mentioning is that not only she takes control of the situation but she spurs Macbeth into murdering Duncan by saying “…When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1.7.49). She acts out of her role as she insults his manliness and declares that she would have “dash’d the brains out” (1.7.58) her child while it was feeding at her breast. This reveals her unwomanly characteristics as Lady Macbeth do not care for her children. At the same time, Lady Macbeth overrides the source of evil as she believes in witchcraft and calls for evil spirits for help. She state...
“Macbeth, More like Macdeath” It is part of human nature to strive for excellence and to improve oneself. Generally, a person’s actions are completed with a certain goal in mind. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the protagonist, Macbeth, strives to fulfill his ambition of becoming the king. Everytime he completes a task which ensures he does not lose power, Macbeth immediately pursues another task in order to fulfill his desires, even after he becomes the king of Scotland. Macbeth’s thirst for power drives him to murder King Duncan, to plot the murder of Banquo, and eventually leads to his own demise.
Macbeth is a play where female characters have a big influence in terms of the direction of where the male characters will end up. Male Characters such as Macbeth build desperate ambition that leads him into a path full of consequences based on prophecies, and influences enforced by women. This desperate ambition makes a big influence on the path of the play. Female characters such as the three witches and Lady Macbeth play around with characters such as Macbeth who is probably the most important character in the play. By encountering, telling him seductive prophecies and manipulating him, to make sure that Macbeth overcome his obstacles; While Macbeth not knowing that later on in his life these prophecies will become true but with full of consequences. These three Agents of fate whose prophecies hold the inevitable and this cruel and highly ambitious Lady Macbeth use female methods such as, manipulation to achieve power; which shows that in the play women can be far more frightening and ambitious than the male characters because of the paths available to them due to gender
Lady Macbeth was “choked with ambition”. Her infatuation to be queen is the single feature that Shakespeare developed far beyond that of her counterpart in the historical story he used as his source. Lady Macbeth persistently taunts her husband for his lack of courage, even though we know of his bloody deeds on the battlefield. At this point in time, with all her will converging towards seizing the throne, she has shown no signs of remorse or hesitance in her actions and hence preventing the events in the narrative from digressing away from imperative themes and climaxes of the play.
Kaya Randall Ms. Dunbar Honors English 10 March, 13, 2013 Power and tactics William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth is driven by goals and ambition. When one is working towards the achievement of power, a different mindset is developed, sometimes for the worse. Once Macbeth disregarded his conscience, he could achieve his goal by whatever means necessary. Though Lady Macbeth also wanted to gain power, she took a different approach. Rather than physically removing people from the picture, she implemented tactics of manipulation.
Robert Kimbrough acknowledges the barrier between manhood and womanhood in his article “Macbeth: Prisoner of Gender”. Kimbrough validates that “Shakespeare sensed that as long as the barrier remains exclusively man or woman, that we are restricted”. This statement truly demonstrates that society denies these characteristics from a breakthrough in humanity. Once Lady Macbeth hears the witches’ prophecy for Macbeth, she proclaims out loud, “Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, top-full of direst cruelty (I.vi.41)”. Lady Macbeth wants the strength of a man to do such a crime. However, Macbeth is seen as a “man” in society, yet his conscience is making him more of a woman when he told Lady Macbeth “We will proceed no further in this
From the beginning, Macbeth is a play filled with contradictions. In the opening scene, the witches, who are women with beards, declare, “ fair is foul and foul is fair”(1.1.12 Shakespeare). In this disarranged and chaotic world, the conventional gender roles are sometimes unseated as well. However, when they are unseated, negative repercussions always ensue. Furthermore, in Macbeth, Shakespeare implies that traditional gender roles are the most beneficial and should be followed invariably.
Among the greatest gifts that the renaissance produced was the eloquent and incredible Shakespearean plays. Written mostly in the 1590s these plays have been performed and admired countless times; entertaining mass audiences by providing interesting tales that explore the depth of human insights and the different universal themes. Among the many Shakespearean plays Macbeth, written in 1606, stands out with its short composition but multiple themes. This tragedy narrates the tale of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s quest to grasp ultimate power by ignoring their morals and succumbing to their dark desires, which ultimately leads to their downfall. This tragic play portrays the desires, needs, and temptations that accompany ambition in men and women. However the ambition in Macbeth is blind, it does not abide to the morals, but it allows space for dark actions as means necessary for accomplishment. Blind ambition serves as the main driving force that drives Macbeth to subdue to his dark desires, defy his noble behavior, and ultimately his downfall.
The play Macbeth is a dramatic tale that includes many different themes. The themes in this play include love, supernatural, and tragedy. The supernatural elements are in particular, a major aspect of this play. Three main elements of the supernatural in this play are witches, apparitions, and hallucinations. The projected outcomes given through visions in this play did not always match up with the actual events that occurred. Although the main characters use these visions to try and achieve their goals, it often did not occur the way that they wanted.