Analysis of Macbeth by William Shakespeare To a Shakespearean audience the natural order, obedience to those above you in the hierarchy, would have been a familiar and accepted ideal. At this time when England was under constant threat of Catholic insurrection, it was in Shakespeare’s interest to write a play which would please the King, James 1. ‘Macbeth’ raises the issue of a crime which the state would regard as a crime even against God, as the monarch was thought to be a ruler appointed by God and acting in his name. To murder a monarch therefore would have been considered to have been completely against the natural order, an evil action. As part of my English GCSE I have been asked to evaluate the 1st and 2nd acts of Macbeth and show how Shakespeare makes us aware that Duncan’s murder is evil and against the natural order.
To me, she appears at first to be loving but ambitious. By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth is revealed to be cruel but loyal, aggressive, ruthless and neurotic. The fact that she kills herself shows how mentally unstable she becomes. Lady Macbeth plays a crucial part in the key events surrounding Macbeth. Throughout the play we see her determination build to a point where she pushes Macbeth and herself over the edge.
The scene also reveals a lot about the two characters, more specifically Lady Macbeth, a woman driven her assertiveness, boldness, strength and ambition for her husband that could not escape the guilt that eventually caught up to her and eventually destroyed her. Furthermore, Shakespeare suggested a major theme throughout the play, the constant theme of evil and corruption. The play portrays how evil deeds lead to moral corruption and that once one chooses the path of evil, the temptation to keep going and commit more evil deeds is inevitable and unavoidable.
The witches give the impression that they represent temptation, an example of this is when they (the witches) tell Macbeth he will become King, leading him on to carry out severe acts of evil. Witches were a representation of Supernaturalism and evil and it the 17th Century they didn't raise any questions over reality vs. appearance. We are told of the witches' wickedness when we are initially presented with a picture of Macbeth being " Full of the milk o' human kindness" but this is presented with a moral challenge or blemish. The witches posses ambiguous powers which prove important and manifest in the play. Our first acquaintance with the witches is in Act 1 scene 1 of the play.
Both Macbeth’s guilty conscience and his wife’s insanity give them away and eventually lead to their down fall. The purpose of this essay is to discuss to what extent Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a truly evil character throughout the play. From her very opening scene Shakespeare depicts Lady Macbeth as being cold and full of evilness. In act 1 scene 5, Lady Macbeth is introduced reading a letter from Macbeth. Already the audience can see she has evil plans.
"Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o' th' milk of humane kindness, to catch the nearest way". This is ironic because he treats her as an equal and yet she thinks that he should be more like her. It is Lady Macbeth's ambition that makes her think of murder. After hearing about the prophecy, she takes it upon herself to make sure that it comes true, rather than waiting for it. Shakespeare wants the audience to see the powerful and impatient side of Lady Macbeth in this part of the scene.
To begin with, Shakespeare exemplifies Lady Macbeth as a calculating lady throughout the play; by being evil, cunning, and masculine. For instance, immediately after reading of the witches’ prophecy, the idea of King Duncan’s murder does not disturb her. Alternatively, she starts scheming the possible assassination of King Duncan, executed by her husband. She imagines “the future in the instant” (1.5 56)--Lady Macbeth does not care how she realizes her ambition; she cleverly persuades Macbeth to commit the murder. While harboring murderous thoughts, Lady Macbeth exhibits false courtesy to Duncan just to secure his trust with the Macbeths.
In the wake of listening to the prescience told by the "wyrd" sisters (the three witches), Macbeth is loaded with need and develops into an aggressive man for expecting the throne, and being delegated as the thane of cawdor. All around the play, the ladies are always associated with evil, right from the earliest starting point of the play, beginning with the "wyrd" sisters. The three witches are indicated as vindictive creatures. They give of a quality like being an evil figure, who controlled each persons 'fate', and likewise, they were women. The agnostic part of the three witches is held with their examination to the Fates and the showcase their disagreeable behavious, for example, making potions.
She feels overpowered by everything that is happening in two ways, both mentally and physically and decides to end her own life. Play Macbeth by William Shakespeare shows two proper ordinary nobles whose lives twisted together in a whirlwind of power and the crazy resulting in their plunge. They were so caught up in this selfish world they forgot to consider the consequences of their actions. Lady Macbeth loses her sight of rationality from the beginning of the play to the end. She imagines an image of cruelness and believes she can handle the invasion of evil to her soul and mind.
Lady Macbeth Is A Fiend - Like Queen In William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" the audience sees two very different sides of Lady Macbeth. At the start of the play Lady Macbeth is shown to be ruthless, conniving, fiend-like and remorseless. The phrase fiend-like conjures up an image of a cruel, evil and wicked person. In the play the audience sees that Lady Macbeth has a lust for power. She believes that her ambition to become queen will come true after reading Macbeth's letter with tells her of his meeting with the witches and their prophecy that Macbeth will become king.