In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches, succumbing to greed, corrupted Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's actions parallel those of the witches. The witches planted the idea that Macbeth should become king. Lady Macbeth followed through with this idea by pushing Macbeth to kill Duncan. "... a very definition of the weird sisters - calling on them to unsex her to cram her with cruelty from top to toe..." (Bloom 29).
In ‘Medusa’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ their central characters have some remarkable similarities that represent a common theme. In each of the poems, both Medusa and the Duke of Ferrara represent the danger of power as they are both driven by jealousy to use their power to corrupt. The poets use strong language, a clear structure and harsh sounds to present the strength and power of both the characters. Carol Ann Duffy shows how the jealousy of Medusa turned her into a powerful monster through the quote, ’turned the hairs on my head to filthy snakes’. Medusa's transformation into monster becomes a metaphor for the power of jealousy to corrupt.
In order to gain control over Macbeth, Lady Macbeth questions his masculinity in Act 5 Scene 1. Within it, she expresses her worry that Macbeth’s kindness will hold him back, and so she calls upon ‘spirits that tend on mortal thoughts’ to unsex her and fill her with the ‘direst cruelty’. The supernatural which Lady Macbeth is calling upon will aid the hardening of her heart which then makes it possible for her to carry out her wicked plan. This rejection of femininity refers back to when Banquo and Macbeth first met the witches and commented on their ‘beards’ and their unfeminine appearance. This all revolves around the idea of the unnatural influencing Macbeth and causes much of the tragedy within the play to occur.
Darkness, fear, mayhem, guilt and hypocrisy are all important themes which are carried throughout the play. The use of imagery in reference to blood, light versus dark, false appearance and disease reinforce these themes. The imagery appears to tiptoe through every scene to create a malevolent atmosphere of shame and false pretence. One of the key themes in the play that was reinforced and highlighted by the use of imagery was false appearance. The use of imagery to portray false appearance can be seen when Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to "...look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it."
“But in a sieve I’ll thither sail,/ And like a rat without a tail,/ I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do” (1.3.8-10). Shakespeare 's Macbeth was thoroughly filled with similar supernatural spells, along with unnatural creatures and apparitions. In the play, Macbeth is characterized as an evil, vindictive tyrant. Macbeth 's brutality towards those closest to him including: Lady Macduff, Banquo, and Dunacn; initiate and continue the frequency of the physical evil that is disrupting the natural world. The supernatural theme in Macbeth is extremely prominent throughout the play.
Also, the log the narrator throws represents the conflict itself, expressing the choice of logic or intellect. Lawrence uses similes to emphasize the image of the snake and the situation of the narrator. The author portrays the picture of the snake when it says, “And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black;” (lines 43). This simile compares the snake’s tongue to a forked night, which is separated and angled. It demonstrates the superiority to the snake because the narrator wants to befriend it, but the snake owns up to drinking at the water-trough.
The way that they stir the pot as they add things into it is a symbol of how they also are stirring his emotions. With each stir, Macbeth’s soul is slowly broke down and altered. The more they add into the pot, the more the cruelty within him develops and grows. For example, when the second witch adds in the lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing she then says “For a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble” (4.1.18-19). This “hell-broth” represents the evil that these women are creating inside of Macbeth, and the powerful deeds that he is about to take part in.
So he emphasizes this in his anger to explain the situation he is faced with. All this is down to the extended metaphor which runs throughout, that of light and dark, pure and evil, heaven and hell. Furthermore, the idea of 'Eden', as Iago replays the role of the 'serpent', whilst 'poisoning' the ear of Othello. When Othello killed 'pure' Desdemona he was not in a normal state of mind, he was acting to jealousy which caused many other human emotions in the play. The nature of anger caused him to become irritable and aggressive, also hatred, which did not allow him to be considerate, and as a result he suffered from human frailties.
Also Lady Macbeth becomes the brains of most of the murders that Macbeth commits and plants the ideas in his head so he ends up following through with them. Macbeth even traces the root of evil and chaos to women and blames them. Macbeth’s actions during the play justifies Shakespeare’s authorial choice of weaving in gender roles and masculinity to explain his use of misogyny. During the play both Macbeth and lady macbeth equate masculinity with naked aggression, violence then follows when they converse about manhood. When comparing and contrasting masculinity and femininity throughout characters in Macbeth, the reader can see how cultures, religions, psychology, and gender roles can relate in Macbeth.
Thus why, In Sweat, Delia's greatest fear was a snake because it embodied her husband. One way the snake embodies Delia's husband, Skyes, is that they are both crafty. In Genesis 3, one of the first things said is that, “the serpent [is] more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” This is further proven when the serpent, or snake, deceives Eve into eating fruit from the tree (Genesis 4-7). Skyes shows how he is crafty when he uses his whip to scare Delia, who believed it was a snake (Hurston 3-5). This action is clever because Delia’s fear of snakes could kill her if Skyes scared her bad enough.