Lesson Summary William Shakespeare's play Macbeth explores themes of ambition and guilt. With such a reading in mind, when Macbeth enters and Lady Macbeth presents him with careful guidance about how to dissemble, her instruction about controlling appearance to ensure that guilt does not reveal itself is as much for herself as it is for Macbeth. It is important to note that in the first line of her speech she mentions a raven. Her reaction to the letter shows that Lady Macbeth is a woman who knows her husband very well, perhaps because she shares some of his instincts. Analysis of Two Soliloquies - One from Lady Macbeth and another from Macbeth On the level of human evil, Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth is about the character Macbeth's bloody rise to power, including the murder of the Scottish king, Duncan, and the guilt-ridden pathology of evil deeds generating still more evil deeds. We will even look to the playwright himself, within his own work, to determine how he viewed the idea of the soliloquy. Perhaps she had heard the snatch of a lament sung for her husband's victims, and is now reproducing it in her sleep.
It seems for the moment so impossible that the opportunity for instant action can thus be placed in her hands that Lady Macbeth exclaims that the messenger must be crazy. New York: Nelson Doubleday, Inc. And what about the wife of good Macduff? He believes he sees a dagger, which he is supposed to kill Duncan with, but he cannot tell if it is just his brain taking over, or if there is an actual Dagger in front of him. Thou sure and firm-set earth, Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear Thy very stones prate of my whereabouts, And take the present horror from the time, Which now suits with it. Macbeth has reason not to kill the king.
Thus we see in Macbeth a man who wants to be a silent and deadly figure of horror. She proceeds to express to herself her concern that Macbeth does not possess the steeliness or desire to use underhand means to acquire the glittering titles the have said lay before him. Previously, Lady Macbeth had courted darkness and dimness. The play revolves around the bad and wicked qualities in human nature, but Shakespeare also contrasts this evil with the power of good. The dialogue that follows their initial encounter is fast, urgent, and disturbing. But Lady Macbeth has no intention of waiting for chance to crown her.
The use of imperatives such as 'look' and 'be' also show her determination and the noun 'serpent' gives the audience a sense of Lady Macbeth's cunning and calculating mind. At the beginning of the soliloquy he seems unsure if he actually wants to go through with the plan. But immediately her thoughts turn to possible failings in her husband. Seeing as how Macbeth will not kill the king, Lady Macbeth takes it upon herself to plan the kings death and kill him herself. She asks that her milk be taken for gall. Inspired in part by his own ambition, the decision to murder Duncan is aided by the prophecies of the Witches as well as the insistent urging of his wife. Come, you spirits — she preparing for the muder That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, - she needs to be as strong as a man to complete the muder And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full - make her feel like a man Of direst cruelty.
Kings were looked upon as the descendents from God on earth. This is her very guise; and, upon my life, fast asleep. In the fifth we see Macbeth reduced to the lowest pitch of misery by his forced inaction and by the news of his wife's death. Eisaman Maus, and Andrew Gurr. In this speech meter, form, and tone are important.
We see directly into their thought process. She only repeats her injunction to beware of showing his thoughts in his face. A demon killed an angel, a holy man, a worker of God. With all this one could expect to be happy and content with life, but everything has two sides. Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry 'Hold, hold! She is immediately aware of the significance of their prophetic words and, on being informed that will be paying a royal visit to Inverness, makes up her mind to carry out the murder of the king in order to hasten the prophecy. Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murth'ring ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature's mischief! Macbeth is very troubled at this point in The first soliloquy shows us the cowardly spirit of Macbeth but it also shows us the dogged heart that he has.
New York: Penguin Books, 1991. Glossary lose the dues 12 miss the reward hie thee hither 25 come here quickly chastise 27 beat off, chase away golden round 28 the crown kingship metaphysical 29 supernatural effect and it 47 the result and the plan favour 72 complexion. Note Lady Macbeth's terror of darkness. . This concludes Lady Macbeth's soliloquy, in which many traits of her character are revealed and here motives made apparent, making the storyline of the play more apparent and giving the audience a greater feeling of involvement and familiarity with Lady Macbeth.
This soliloquy expresses a desire to break free of gender constraints and reveals a lot about Lady Macbeth as a character. No more o'that, my lord, and no more o'that: you mar all with this starting. She now imagines herself back at the feast where Banquo's ghost had appeared. When we first meet her in Act I, Scene 5, she is already plotting the murder of the king. In the last line, she is shocked by the amount of blood that comes from the slain king. The strong will that enabled her to defy her woman's nature has broken down utterly; left alone in her castle while Macbeth is in the field she broods by day over past crimes and future punishment, and at night wanders in uneasy sleep through the halls, betraying to all who hear her the deadly secrets of the past.