Both Macbeth and his wife go through many changes throughout the course of this play. They go from being honored, noble people to being reduced to nothing. They both have tragic flaws such as ambition and greed which bring them to their down fall. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a strong soldier who fights for the King without mercy but his strive for ambition and his curious nature leads him to the witches who greet him with a prophecy. Banquo realizes that there must be a trick hidden in the witches prophecies somewhere but Macbeth refuses to accept that, and when Lady Macbeth finds out about the witches her strong desire for ambition and her cold nature leads Macbeth astray.
But Gertrude does not seem to understand why her son holds such strong feelings. She is clueless throughout most of the play. ‘As kill a king?’ Gertrude does not realise the real situation and how much hatred the two men bare. She is one of the reasons that stopped Claudius getting hamlet killed throughout the play. And when he finally decides to, she dies before both of them.
She loses control of her husband, but mostly, of herself, proving her vacillating truth. Lady Macbeth’s character gradually disintegrates through a false portrayal of unyielding strength, an unsteady control of her husband and shifting involvement with supernatural powers.Throughout the duration of play Lady Macbeth’s truly decrepit and vulnerable nature is revealed. Lady Macbeth has been the iron fist and authority icon for Macbeth, yet deep down, she never carried such traits to begin with. This duality in Lady Macbeth’s character plays a huge role in planting the seed for Macbeth’s downfall and eventual demise. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is introduced as a dominant, controlling, heartless wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve kingship for her husband.
(V, i, ll 58-62) This also reveals that Edmund is incapable of loving anyone because he is so overwhelmed with attaining power. Goneril and Regan's characters are also developed in this selection. Both of the sisters are blinded by their `love' for Edmund to the point where they put all other things aside to get his love, and ironically the one they both love so much kills them, as Goneril poisoned Regan because she feared Regan would steal Edmund from her. After finding out that Edmund is defeated, she takes her own life as well. Without this soliloquy, a great void would be left in the play.
Duchess of York has very bad relationship with her son due to his erroneous action during the play, Richard has committed crimes, and killed the closest people to him and others just to achieve kingdom and be next in the throne. In order for Duchess to be a good mother to Richard III she has to remain patient, hide her pain toward him in the eye of public, and avoid to curse him. Duchess officially turns against her son publicly which is dreadful, yet at end she cursed Richard to die by God’s Just ordinance, which is hard as mother to do, however Richard seems to earn it for doing horrible things. “No, by the Holly Rood, thou know’st it well. A grievous burden was thy birth to me; Tetchy and wayward was thy infancy; Thy schooldays frightful, desp’rate, wild, and furious; Thy prime of manhood daring, bold, and venturous; Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle, sly, and bloody; More mild, but yet more harmful; kind in hatred.
Both females have heavily contributed to the misogyny Hamlet develops. Ophelia and Gertrude disappoint Hamlet which leads him to become a misogynist which contributes to the death of both female characters at the end of the novel. Hamlet considers both Gertrude and Ophelia to be sinful women due to the loss and gain of love throughout their lives. Since learning about the truth regarding the death of his father, Hamlet holds a grudge against him Gertrude. Hamlet blames Gertrude's incestous act for the death of his father.
Lady Macbeth's power lead her to plan the death of King Duncan and cover up for Macbeth during his weak times. Lady Macbeth also began losing power when she saw her father laying down on the bed when she was looking down on Duncan and losing her demise throughout the play because of Macbeth's power increase towards the end of the play. Lady Macbeth is a protagonist spouse who is the controlling factor throughout the beginning of the play. She is a dominating, authoritative women who loses control over her husband as he gains his independence which causes her own weakness and eventually leads to her demise. She reaches the peak of control which leads to her demise.
Later on, Macbeth turns his back on Lady Macbeth and kills Banquo all by himself. Their relationship also seems to lack true love. After Macbeth receives word of his wife's death, he responds as if a random homeless guy on the street has died, saying she would have died anyways. Although their relationship is unusual, Lady Macbeth still leaves a lasting impression on Macbeth. Lady
It would then appear to the audience that Macbeth is unaware of the consequences of their capture. In this scene we learn a lot about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's character and their relationship as husband and wife. Already we can see that Duncan's murder has had a negative effect on them especially on Lady Macbeth. She insults Macbeth and loses all respect for him. The consequences of their act also affects them in the long run; Lady Macbeth becomes mentally unstable which influences her death and Macbeth becomes so eager to keep his title that it leads him to the murder of his bests friend; Banquo.
Her husband is also fooled by her charade and is unable to see her evil intent as she cons him into killing the king. Lady Macbeth keeps this facade until the end of the play when her trapped feelings finally drive her mad. Another thing these two characters have in common is that... ... middle of paper ... ...f his encroaching madness, and partly as a ploy to throw off Claudius and his spies. Ophelia was so shocked and confused over Hamlet¹s complete betrayal that she could hardly go on living, and in the end she became so overwhelmed that she committed suicide. Lady Macbeth also affected many characters with her deceitfulness.