Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are basically good people who make an ill judgement. It is unfair for Malcolm to describe them as “this dead butcher and his fiend – like queen.” In the beginning they are respected people who share a loving relationship. Their downfall is caused by their ambition for Macbeth to be great, sparked by the witches’ prophecy, and not because they are evil. Macbeth’s indecision on whether or not to kill Duncan, and Lady Macbeth’s begging of the spirits to take away her feminine qualities, show that ruthlessness does not come easily to them. Macbeth is a Scottish nobleman and important kinsman of King Duncan, whose devising and heroic leadership of a winning tactic in a battle show his talent, courage and loyalty to his country. He is well respected, and after his feat of braveness, Duncan believes him worthy to receive the title of Thane of Candor, which is a huge honour to Macbeth.
The problem with this, though, is that it helps to spark his ambition, which, we find later, is his tragic flaw. Lady Macbeth is a loyal wife with ambitions for her husband. She believes that Macbeth deserves to be King, but thinks that he is too nice to do anything about it. She does not think that he could kill Duncan on his own.
She is supportive of Macbeth, and is willing to do what she can to help him get what he wants. She is basically a caring and loving person, though, so she pleads with the Spirits to take away her tenderness and femininity and make her ruthless: ” Come, you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, /And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full/ Of direst cruelty.” (I. v. 38-41).
The play Macbeth was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare. It s about a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from three sinister witches. The prophecy stated that he would be crowned king of Scotland; this combined with Macbeth s ambitious personality tempts him to murder the king. Macbeth s wife appears to be kind and gentle but she has underlying sinister intensions. ...
This evidence on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth proves that, at the beginning of the play, they are both good, virtuous people. When the witches predict that he shall be king, Macbeth does not think that he should do anything about making the prophecy come true: “If Chance will have me king, why Chance may crown me/ Without my stir.” (I.
However, when King Duncan places an extra obstacle in his way by naming his son, Malcolm, as his successor, Macbeth realises that, if he is to be king, then he must kill Duncan: “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step/ On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap/ For in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires, / Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (I. iv. 49-52).
When Lady Macbeth reads in her husband’s letter of the witches’ prediction, she, too, realises that Duncan must be killed for it to come true. She thinks that Macbeth deserves to be great, and should murder Duncan so that this can be so, but she believes that he is too noble and honest to do something so immoral: “Yet do I fear thy nature: / It is too full o’the milk of human-kindness/ To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great: / Art not without ambition, but without / The illness should attend it.” (I. v. 14-18).
Although Macbeth wants to be king, he does not wish to kill Duncan, and he thinks aloud to himself of his reasons: “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, / Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, / who should against his murderer shut the door, / Not bear the knife myself.” (I.
Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan because he is his king and close relation, and because it is his duty as host to protect him. This shows that he is not evil.
If he were, his kinship and duty to the king would offer no hindrance to his decision to murder him. Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth’s conscience and indecision will hinder his ambitions. It is because of this that she resolves to use brave, scolding and punishing words to drive away his doubts, and to encourage him to commit the deed that will obtain him the crown: “Hie thee hither, / that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, / And chastise with the valour of my tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round.” (I. v. 24-27).
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Although Lady Macbeth is supportive of her husband, and tries to persuade him to murder Duncan, she does not force him to do it.
Macbeth decides to kill Duncan on his own, with his tragic flaw, ambition, as the main influence of his decision. For Macbeth to be a tragedy, as Shakespeare intended it to be, no one must force him to make the decision that ultimately brings him down. He must make the decision, based on his tragic flaw, on his own. After murdering Duncan, Macbeth is agitated and frightened. He forgets to place the daggers near Duncan’s guards as he planned to, and is too afraid to go near the place of murder to correct the mistake: “I’ll go no more. / I am afraid to think what I have done; / Look on’t again I dare not.” (II.
Macbeth wishes to wash his hands of Duncan’s blood, and thus the deed, but believes that no amount of water could remove all the blood: ” Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand? No,” (II. ii. 60-61).
He regrets killing Duncan, wishing that he would wake from his sleep of death: “Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!” (II.
Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, is calm and logical immediately after the murder. She does not appear to be at all worried about being caught, believing that, by cleaning their hands of blood, they are cleaning their hands of the deed: “A little water clears us of this deed.” (II.
The wine she has drunk has made her brave, and she fixes Macbeth’s mistake by placing the bloodied daggers near the guards so that they are blamed for the murder. It seems as though the murder has had no effect on Lady Macbeth until she sees Duncan’s body, when the realisation of what they have done hits her and causes her to faint. This shows that the wine she had drunk and the fact that she had not yet seen what they had done caused her visage of carelessness. It is because of these actions by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth that we see that they are good people who would not usually commit such a crime.
Soon after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship begins to change. During the planning of the murder, Lady Macbeth is in charge, instructing her husband on what to do. After hiring the murderers to kill Banquo and Flea nce, Macbeth tells his wife to “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed.” (III. ii. 45-46), showing that he is beginning to take control, plotting on his own and not even telling his wife what he is planning to do.
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and Evil In a play that is abundant in evil occurrences, Lady Macbeth is the overriding source of evil in the first act. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan, despite Macbeth listing eight reasons against the murder. When Macbeth is alone, we discover that he is a loyal thane to Duncan, not a murdering savage. When Duncan is in his house at Inverness, Macbeth comes ...
Where, before he was king, Macbeth was acting according to his ambition, by the beginning of Act III he is fighting for survival. He realises that he has come too far and killed too many people to turn back: “I am in blood / Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” (III. iv. 136-137).
He has come to distrust everybody, especially Macduff, even to the point of hiring spies, and intend to kill any who get in his way: ” There’s not a one of them, but in his house / I keep a servant fee’d… For mine own good / All causes shall give way.” (III. iv. 130-131, 134-135).
Macbeth is worried about the consequences of his actions.
He is afraid that nature will somehow find away to avenge the murders that he has committed: ” It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.” (III. iv. 121).
Macbeth soon realises that, if the witches told the truth, then all that he fought for will go to Banquo’s sons instead of his own: ” For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind, / For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, / Put ran cours in the vessel of my peace, / Only for them.” (III. i.
This realisation frustrates Macbeth, and makes him even more determined to survive. He is also frustrated by Macduff leaving the country before he has a chance to kill him. If he is evil in this play at all, it is now, when he takes out these frustrations by having Macduff’s family killed. Macbeth is no longer killing for entirely selfish reasons. He is now like a soldier, killing for survival and what he has fought for.
The last time that we see Lady Macbeth in command is at the banquet in Act III. In this scene, Lady Macbeth tries to protect and cover up for Macbeth by excusing his behaviour as a fit when Banqou’s ghost appears to him and he addresses it in terror. The next time we see her is in the beginning of the last Act, and she is far from the confident, calm person that we see in Act I. She has begun sleepwalking, and is obviously tormented by the murders that she has had part in. Earlier, she thought that a little water was all that was needed to wash her hands of Duncan’s blood, but, while sleepwalking, she thinks that her hands are covered in blood that cannot be removed: ” Yet here’s a spot…
William Shakespeare's play Macbeth has a lot to do with imagery. Imagery is created when the author uses figures of speech that help the mind to form forceful or beautiful pictures. Some examples of imagery in Macbeth are darkness, blood, animals, sleep, and many more. Throughout the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and all the other characters go through good types and bad types of imagery. The ...
Out, damned spot! Out, I say! … What, will these hands ne ” er be clean? … Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the / Perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” (V.
i. 31, 34, 42, 48-49).
By her behaviour, we see that Lady Macbeth is paying the penalty for the mistakes she helped to make. She was just trying to be a good wife by helping her husband receive what she believed he deserved. Her suffering is such that it leads to suicide, which shows that Lady Macbeth is not at all fiend-like. If she were, then the murders would have had no effect on her.
By the end of the play, Macbeth begins to be tired of living: “I’gin to be a weary of the sun.” (V. v. 49).
As he prepares to defend the castle, he desperately holds on to the hope that the witches’ prophecies are true, for he believes that, if they are not, then all that he has gained will be lost. While fighting, Macbeth does not want to kill Macduff, because he has hurt him enough by killing his family: “My soul is too much charged with blood of thine already.” (V.
Believing in the witches’ prediction that “none of woman born” (IV. i. 79) could harm him, and believing that all men are of woman born, he is unafraid of Macduff. When he finds that Macduff was born by caesarean, and therefore is not, in the usual sense, of woman born, he realises that the witches have tricked him.
He knows then that, as the witches predicted, Macduff will kill him, but refuses to surrender. This reminds us of the fearless soldier of the first Act and shows that he is not afraid of death, and that he knows that he is about to pay for his mistake. By the attempted kindness of sparing Macduff his life, and the courage he shows by fighting to his death, we see that Macbeth is not a butcher, but a good man with the tragic flaw of ambition. It is clear by their behaviour that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not evil. Lady Macbeth’s obvious suffering and regret, shown by her sleepwalking and suicide, and Macbeth’s fighting to his death, like the fearless soldier in the first Act, prove that Malcolm’s describing them as “this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen” is unfair and inaccurate.
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