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A Reflection on Macbeth

Paper Type: Free Essay Subject: English Literature
Wordcount: 1199 words Published: 17th Sep 2021

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William Shakespeare has written Macbeth using the reflection of the world which he was familiar with as the play echoes the life and interests of the Ruler and the public. Moreover, James 1st was greatly attracted to sorcery and therefore, witchcraft has a considerable space in this play. Also, Macbeth is a moral lesson as the play is demonstrating the price that the individual has to pay for his sumptuous desires. Shakespeare demonstrated just how the total power has a tendency to corrupt as most often great individuals are immoral. In author era the homicide of a King was the most horrible offense as people believed that the Ruler was selected by means of God and defying it is equal to a protest against God. Lady Macbeth is a provocative character as she was able to identify Macbeth’s strengths and weaknesses and use them for exploitation.

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Lady Macbeth character firstly appears in Act 1 scene 5 when she is reading a letter sent from her husband Macbeth. According to a letter, her husband thinks that she is “dearest partner of greatness”. Therefore, Macbeth is deeply in love with Lady Macbeth as well as he trusts her absolutely. However, she become fascinated with the story told by her husband about the witches telling’s. In the letter Macbeth is telling her “Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me ‘Thane of Cawdor’; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with ‘Hail, king that halt be!’.” Lady Macbeth realizes a chance to become a queen and she is certain that her husband will acquire this. This is proving that she is despairing to obtain the power. Therefore she is unlike other women these times as back then women used to be seen as gentle beings who had a role of being beautiful as well as giving birth. No one regarded them as being clever or equivalent to men. Moreover, her relationship with her husband was unlike other couples relationships at the time. Although, Macbeth was a man, he frequently asked his for his wife opinion before doing something as she was the first to hear about his promising future voiced by the sorceresses.

Lady Macbeth voices “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! Make thick my blood; stop up the access and passage to remorse” She hears that Duncan is coming and that he will stay for the night in the castle. This provides her with an immediate chance to carry out fatal plan. Therefore, we can recognize the evils of her as she desires to become brave enough to convince Macbeth into murdering Duncan. She asks her spouse to “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” which means that he has to be pleasant on the outside and cruel on the inside. However, Macbeth is hesitates to commit the homicide, as he tells her wife that they will not continue any further on this matter. Then Lady Macbeth offends her husband’s manhood by telling him that he has to be braver. Moreover, she calls him a coward by telling him that “then you were a man, and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man”. It is clearly displaying how devious and controlling she is as Lady Macbeth is emotionally forcing her husband.

Lady Macbeth demonstrates her courageous approach in the scene where Duncan is murdered. She was meaning to kill him by herself but she fails when Duncan appears retaining resemblances of her father as she tells her husband that if “had he not resembled … I’d have done it”. Therefore, this is displaying some kindness in her as also it could suggest that after all she is a woman with certain amount of sensitivity. Moreover, she might be displaying her womanlike sensitivity when she requests for help. However, she is still concentrated and determined to carry out the plan as she appointed Macbeth do murder Duncan. Moreover, Macbeth has succeeded in test of love for his wife by doing this.

Nevertheless, Lady Macbeth appears being the greater criminal as she recalls the facts which were unnoticed by her husband. She turns out to be furious when she discovers that her husband has not completed the entire plan as she asks him “Why did you bring the daggers from the place? They must lie there. Go carry them, and smear the sleepy grooms with blood”. Once again, this indicates that she is very controlling as well as that she holds a lot of anger on her husband. Lady Macbeth argues Macbeth of attiring “a heart so white” which could show that she hates her husband. On the other hand, maybe she is fearful of a prospect of him possibly deceiving himself. Consequently, this before long pushes their relationship into collapse. I particularly liked the quite of Lady Macbeth where she states that “A little water clears us of this deed”. It means that as soon as they rinse their hands the guiltiness will disappear.

The following day when everybody discovers the death of Duncan, Macbeth must assure everyone that he did not slaughtered the King. Therefore he tried to achieve this by use of an exaggerated speech. This apparently made every person appear doubtful of him. Thus, when Lady Macbeth notices Macbeth doing this she puts her greatest efforts in order to move the attention of her husband through falling unconscious. As a result, the people shortly disremember Macbeth’s scandal and are trying to help out Lady Macbeth. By doing this, she took the attention away from Macbeth.

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Lady Macbeth understands that the Crown had not made her happy as she had hoped, “Nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content.”. Therefore, she became mad person terribly wrecked by happenings. For instance, the sleep walking scene is showing that lastly she does feel mortified as well as regretting her own actions. What’s more, gentlewoman requests a doctor to check on Lady Macbeth since she is becoming further troubled as she is sleep walling. This indicates how all the killings in with she assisted is driving her crazy. After all, Lady Macbeth was the main power regarding the murder of Duncan as she had major influence over her husband’s actions. I felt sorry for her as she could not abide her guiltiness and for that reason ultimately took her own existence since Lady Macbeth lost the relationship with Macbeth even though they were once very close to each other.

Macbeth has found out that Lady Macbeth has perished. However, he had not expressed any sorrow or agony. Therefore this is clearly indicating that the love has left Macbeth’s heart. Moreover, the guiltiness and heaviness of her actions has overwhelmed her at last and that is why she died. The moral lesson of this play is that Lady Macbeth’s evils had cracked her and she acquired help. She at the end of the day mourned over her activities which made Macbeth a changed man. Even though, I could still recall her being bold and horrid. In my opinion, William Shakespeare wanted to demonstrate that despite the fact she was wicked and had great power, Lady Macbeth were tremendously shattered in the end.


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