William Shakespeare’s Macbeth tells the story of a general who commits regicide in order to become king. Early in the play, Macbeth is conflicted as to weather or not he wants to kill his kinsman the king. In the first two acts Macbeth is not portrayed as a ruthless killer; he is a sympathetic character who succumbs to the provocation of his wife and a prophecy foretold by three mysterious witches. In contrast, Lady Macbeth is a manipulative, immoral woman. Her ambition is so strong that she is willing to do anything to see her husband succeed.
The relationship among Macbeth and Lady Macbeth alters throughout the play Macbeth as they both in turn take on the role of the more dominant character. Their attitude to each other constantly changes throughout the play, although events in the play certainly draw Macbeth and Lady Macbeth apart their love for one another is evident throughout the play. Macbeth shows his love by saying a few compassionate words in his letter to Lady Macbeth about the meeting with the three weird sisters. Lady Macbeth shows that she cares for him by planning the murder of King Duncan so Macbeth can become king. By the end of the play Macbeth doesn’t care about his wife’s health that much, when she dies his taught was she was bound to die one day.
At the beginning of the play, Macbeth writes a hasty letter to his wife upon hearing the prophecies that he will someday be king. Lady Macbeth defies stereotypes and immediately decides that she must manipulate her husband to become king in order to make a statement and prove her validity. While Macbeth is content to let fate lead him to the throne, ... ... middle of paper ... ...Rosa Parks, Hilary Clinton, and women who participated in bra burnings have all protested and have accomplished immeasurable feats by acting radically. Accordingly, their voices are heard all because of their daring, dramatic outcries. Works Cited Adelman, Janet.
Change of Character in Macbeth "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be / What thou art promised" (1.5.15-16). In Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is a strong, scheming instigator, the person who initially plans the murder of King Duncan. Her husband, on the other hand, vacillates, tormented by his conscience, terrified of the consequences. By the end of the play, however, the roles reverse. Macbeth becomes the devious character, while his wife wallows in grief and despair.
Lady Macbeth forces Macbeth to murder Duncan and when he first refuses, she appeals to his manhood and courage. “When you durst do it, then you were a man” Macbeth eventually gives in with the proposition of being king being too powerful a lure for him. At this stage the audience can deduce that Macbeth is easily subject to persuasion while Lady Macbeth is very persuasive. As the fateful day draws near, Macbeth becomes delusional, picturing visions of blood stained daggers, witches and ghosts. Kill... ... middle of paper ... ...n Women Reading Shakespeare 1660-1900.
"You'd do it if you loved me!" "If I were a man, I'd do it myself!" But Macbeth's mind is made up by her assurance that they may do it safely by fixing the guilt upon Duncan's chamberlains. (72) In Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy, Northrop Frye shows that a lady is the actual driving force in the play: That Macbeth is being hurried into a premature act by his wife is a point unlikely to escape the most listless member of the audience, but Macbeth comes to regret the instant of fatal delay in murdering Macduff, and draws the moral that The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the deed go with it. From this moment The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand.
While Macduff is off planning his revenge, Macbeth is back in Scotland requiring the help of the three sister witches to secure his safety. These witches relay a prophecy of Macbeth’s fate, they say, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth (Shakespeare). This message gives Macbeth false hope due to the fact that Macduff was removed from his mother in an unnatural way and not of a woman. Macduff is the ending to this fable after he successfully kills Macbeth and ends his fate to protect himself and the people of
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a play full of magic, mystery, and murder. The variety of plots, as well as the interesting characters, force the reader to pay full attention at all times. Unfortunately, one of these characters is a victim of her own imagination. Although Lady Macbeth adds much positive flavour to the play, her character is revealed through her aggressive attitude with her husband, her inhumane disregard for life, and her guilty conscience. Lady Macbeth is very assertive when dealing with her husband's hesitations about murdering Duncan: "O never shall sun that morrow see!
When Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband telling her the news about becoming the Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and of the three witches that told him he would be king, she was overwhelmed by ambition to have power. She then goes on to plot the death of the King, then realizing that Macbeth would not go through with the plan unless she pushes him to do it, “Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it. (p 256)” She knows that Macbeth is a loyal warrior and it would be difficult, and she does it by questioning his manhood, “But screw your courage to the sticking-place And we’ll not fail. (p 260)” When the King arrives she makes Macbeth stay out of the room because his face releases the secrets that lye within, “Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters.
Men conclude the play, solving all the problems that women have created: Macduff slays Macbeth, Malcolm becomes king, and Fleance is set to be next in line for the throne if the witches' prophecy continues to unfold. Shakespeare has the men resolve the issue of ambition because he believes women are unequipped to deal with their own problems. Perhaps he has been scorned by a woman, or perhaps this is just how he sees members of the female gender, but he deliberately defines the actions of the women in his play in order to show that women are weak, feeble individuals who lose all composure when their actions lead to ruin.