Do you feel sympathy for the character of lady Macbeth?
In this essay I am going to answer the question above and I will do this by saying whether or not I feel sympathy for lady macbeth and I go through different parts in the play. After reading parts of the play and watching the video I don’t’ feel very much sympathy for lady Macbeth, although I do feel some sympathy for her in some parts in the play. Over all I think that lady Macbeth is a fiend as she says stuff that’s not very nice to make Macbeth do the things that she is too scared to do herself. I also think that she is a caring person really but she needed to be made evil by witchcraft, as she would not be able to do what she does through out the play in her normal person.The way that the play has been dramatised effects the way we feel about lady Macbeth. In scene 1 where there is a soliloquy lady Macbeth is just standing there speaking to herself and the audience. As she reads the letter I think that you get an insight as to what she is about. “Hail king that shalt be. This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee”. I think that here she is saying that macbeth is going to be king and that nothing will get in his way as he is crowned king.
In this scene you also get a look at lady Macbeth’s interpretation of Macbeth’s personality, this helps you see what type of person she has to live with and you can take this into account as his personality may affect the way she acts. When Macbeth starts seeing Banquo ghost he sees him at the dinner table in scene 4 act 3. Here I feel a little bit of sympathy for lady macbeth because I don’t think that she knows what is going on, and I think that she sees him very worried and all sweaty and scared. “Sit worthy friends. My lord is often thus” Lady Macbeth tries to act although she knows what’s going on and she has acted as he has before, so the guests do not get suspicious of his actions, as she can’t explain, as she isn’t sure herself. “I would while smiling in my face have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this”. Lady Macbeth is saying to macbeth she would rather kill her baby by bashing its brains out than break a promise like macbeth has done, although I feel that she has said this to make him feel guilty so he will carry out the promise. This is a very persuasive piece and although she might be bluffing Macbeth is a bit vulnerable and this manages to persuade him to carry on and keep the promise.
In toady's society, people do not believe in witchcraft but the witches 'role' in the play Macbeth, had a strong impact in a society that believed in witches. In Shakespeare's time, belief in witches and witchcraft was widely acknowledged and witch-mania was prevalent during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Most people believed that witches had magic powers, for example that they could change day ...
She also questions his manliness to persuade him to kill Duncan so this shows how desperate she is to make him murder Duncan, which suggests to me she is afraid to do it herself. I have absolutely no sympathy for her here as I think she is taking advantage of Macbeth and she turns him against his will.In act 2 scene 2 after Macbeth kills Duncan. He hears a knock and starts to get scared. Then lady Macbeth uses her control over him to make him get on with the murder even though he doesn’t want to, she’s also too scared to do it and she knows it must be done. In this scene where she over powers Macbeth to make him do something that he doesn’t want to do. I feel no sympathy for lady Macbeth as she is very mean towards Macbeth and she uses his vulnerability to her advantage to get him to do what she is too scared to do herself.In act 2 when Macbeth is told to return the daggers I feel a little sympathy for Lady Macbeth. “I’ll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; look on’t again, I dare not”. This is what Macbeth said when he stood up to lady Macbeth and said he was not doing anything else towards the murder. The reason I feel sympathy for lady Macbeth is because Macbeth is standing up for himself so she will have to do the work her self.
Two characters that have flaws that are the causes of their downfall is Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's flaw is that she makes her husband kill king Duncan; she feels guilty after she does this, so she commits suicide. Macbeth's flaw is what leads him to kill; his ambition and selfishness leads to his death. Lady Macbeth's flaw is that she convinces Macbeth that he isn't a man unless he ...
And all the time she has forced him t o do the work and now he wont do it, leaving her with no option but to do it herself unless she can do something to make him change his mind.I think that you can get a reasonable view whether or not you can feel sympathy for lady Macbeth by looking at her relationship with Macbeth. In the scene where Bankwo’s ghost haunts macbeth you can assume that they don’t have a really good relationship as macbeth hasn’t and wont tell lady macbeth what he has done and that he can see Bankwo sitting at the table. “Sit worthy friends. My lord is often thus”. I think that this shows she is obviously concerned about the guests and what they’ll think, so she tries to make it seem like it is a natural thing Macbeth does. I feel no sympathy for lady macbeth here as she doesn’t try to help him she just shouts at him and says he is letting his friends down and says bad points about his behaviour instead of asking what’s wrong and getting a solution.