Macbeth

Macbeth During Shakespearean times, women were regarded as delicate little creatures who were there to give birth and look pretty. They were not thought to be smart or equal to men. Though in Shakespeares play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth serves as the main influence in Macbeths life. He trusts her with everything he has. She is, after all, his “dearest partner of greatness.” (I, v, 13) The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is different from others of Shakespearean time. Though he is the man, he often consults his wife before he does anything.

In the beginning of the play, when the witches tell Macbeth of his promising future, Lady Macbeth is the first person he writes to. Upon hearing the witchs prophecy, Lady Macbeth wishes it to be true in hopes that she will become queen. Immediately, the audience realizes the evils of Lady Macbeth. She asks the spirits to “unsex [her] here and fill [her] from the toe top-full of Direst Cruelty!” (I, v, 41-43) Lady Macbeth wants to become bold enough to persuade her husband to kill Duncan. Once Lady Macbeth puts the idea of murdering the King in Macbeths head, she begins to plan the murder.

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Lady Macbeth is very direct and intelligent. She plans what looks like a perfect murder. Even though she appears to be rather bold, it is obvious to the audience that she is not very brave. She wants to be crowned just as much as Macbeth, if not more, but she doesnt have the guts to stab the King. Once the King arrives at Macbeths castle, Lady Macbeth does what she tells her husband to do. She is a terrific actress and “Look[s] like thinnocent flower but be the serpent under t.” (I, v, 65-66) This also shows Lady Macbeths intelligence.

When Macbeth thinks further about killing the King, he decides that he has too many reasons not to do it. Macbeth believes that the only good reason to murder the King is his ambition. Ambition is also Lady Macbeths only reason for wanting to become queen. When Macbeth tells the Lady of the change in plans, she immediately launches and attack on his manhood. She calls him a coward and says that she would murder her own baby if she had promised to do so. Lady Macbeth uses a very smart tactic here in trying to persuade Macbeth.

She goes for the one thing she knows men have trouble proving: their manhood. When Macbeth does as little as question her plan, she attacks him again, telling him to “screw [his] courage to the sticking place..” (I, vii, 61) This method was successful in persuading Macbeth to murder the king. This scene shows that Lady Macbeth is very powerful in this relationship. She is able to change the thanes mind even when he clearly stated “We will proceed no further in this business.” (I, vii, 32) In the scene after the killing is done, the audience sees how calm and clear Lady Macbeth is. This event doesnt seem to affect her very much. Her husband, on the other hand, is the total opposite. He forgot to place the daggers in the drunken guards hands and refused to go back.

Lady Macbeth fearlessly grabs the daggers and returns them. He says strange things about his bloody hands and doesnt think rationally. Lady Macbeth calmly tells Macbeth to wash his hands and tells him to put on their nightgowns and go to bed. Lady Macbeth also shows how responsible she is in the banquet scene after the murder of Banquo. She calmly tells the lords that Macbeth is simply ill and tells them to leave when she sees that things may be getting out of hand.

After this scene, Lady Macbeth doesnt seem to have much to do with the play anymore. This is because of the change in the relationship of her and her husband. Macbeth is acting on his own accord now. He decides on his own to kill Banquo. When Lady Macbeth asks about this, he replies simply, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck..” (III, ii, 48) Macbeth also doesnt consider her when he decides to return to the witches and to kill Macduffs household. From what has happened in the play so far, the audience doesnt see any good in Lady Macbeth. Later in the play, however, the murders do appear to have an affect on Lady Macbeth.

The murders having an affect on her may not count as goodness, but that is as close as it gets with her. She sleepwalks and is bothered by her bloody hands. Lady Macbeth, no longer able to stand it, kills herself. Lady Macbeth is a major figure in this play. She is evil and very intelligent. She is Macbeths other half.

Without her, who knows if Macbeth would have become king of Scotland? She is able to change the whole play because of her authority over Macbeth.

MacBeth

Responsibility for the Tragedy
In Shakespeares classic tragedy of Macbeth the main character Macbeth is driven from his status as a well respected warrior and lord of not one, but two Scottish regions to a dishonest, unloyal murderer. Macbeth gets caught in a web of lies and vile acts of murder in which he brings about his own demise. His criminal actions lead up to his tragic ending of life. They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, But bearlike I must fight the course. His great ambition and gullibility of the witches predictions are two of the biggest factors of his downfall;however, Lady Macbeth was probably the biggest influence in the whole tragedy.

Early in the tragedy, Macbeth is portrayed as a great leader and hero of many. He was a wonderful soldier who not only for for his country but for his King. During the course of the play though, Macbeth was greatly influenced by the supernatural forces of the witches. All hail, Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter! These witches led him to believe that he could be a King over all of Scotland if he would just do a few dishonest things to get what he wanted. If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, without my stir. Macbeth was gullible enough to believe the witches and thus led to his very own deception and demise. He brought himself to an even greater status than he began with but only through a gigantic web of lies which could not be untangled. He then felt lost and alone with nobody left to turn to. Lifes but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.

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However Macbeth was not the only influence in this great tragedy. Lady Macbeth played a large role as Macbeths seductress and brainwasher. Lady Macbeth persuaded her husband to kill the King not so that he would himself be King but so that she could be Queen.Although because of her involvement in this web of lies she felt guilty and drove herself insane worrying about what had happened and what would happen to her and her husband for being so dishonest. She was not responsible for the tragedy, she was only a manipulative factor in the scheme of things. Even though it does take two to tango, Macbeth tangoed on his own.

After the death of Duncan Macbeth begins to work on his own without the help of his wife. He plans the murders of Banquo and the heir to the throne, Banquos son Fleance. Although it does not turn out as expected Macbeth remains calm until Banquos ghost appears. … and keep the natural ruby of your cheeks, when mine is blanched with fear. This was the turning point in the whole story because until this point everything was going great for Macbeth, he had power, fame and fortune, all you could ever want;however, when this ghost appeared Macbeth went on a little insanity trip. He, also like his wife was engulfed with guilt and unable to function properly anymore. This led to another visit with the witches. Showing his overconfidence, Macbeth believed the three apparitions shown to him by the witches and was then extremely calm. He felt that no man could ever harm him thus he had nothing to worry about. Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
Macbeths downfall continues still. He plans the murder of every member of the Macduff clan, even the scottie dog, in hopes that it will bring Macduff back to Scotland for one final duel with Macbeth. Macbeth feels that he is invincible and cannot be harmed by anyone in Scotland; however, Macduff brings reinforcement from England in order to scare Macbeth. Macbeth begins his demise as he is filled with depression and regrets, especially over the death of his wife who killed herself after a brief battle with insanity.

At the conclusion of the tragedy Macbeth is defeated by Macduff, a man not of woman born but one delivered by a caesarean section just like the witches had prophetised with the second apparition. His ambition is crushed and he is portrayed as a dead butcher because he killed so many people to get where he was but he never achieved exactly the status that he had hoped for.
Macbeth killed Macbeth. He brought everything upon himself and deserved everything he received. He could blame it on his wife or on the witches but that just would not be justifiable because he did not have to listen to any of them. He killed everyone who in the beginning were his loved ones and did not show any guilt or remorse for doing it. Is that a hero? No. A hero is a man of exceptional quality who wins admiration by his noble deeds. Once again, Macbeth killed Macbeth. He tangoed alone this time.