In the beginning Lady Macbeth was strong, persuading woman who would do
anything to get what she wanted, but that all changes in the end when her
guilty conscious gets the best of her.
Act 1 Scene 5 in the play of Macbeth, Macbeth has just arrived home from war;
he had an encounter with weird sisters the witches. They said to him
that he would be the new Thane of Cawdor, and King. When he
told Lady Macbeth, this is when she hatches her plan to kill the King.
Lady Macbeth says to her husband, “ Look like the innocent flower but be
the serpent under it” (Act 1 scene 5 lines 64-65). What she is saying is that,
be the innocent person, but be the evil underneath it. Lady Macbeth is
thinking to herself, while talking to her husband that her plan might just
work in time. She is hoping that her persuading ways would get her what
she feels she needs.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had their “talk”, he begins to think to himself,
whether he should do the requested deed or not. A few moments into
thinking Lady Macbeth enters and says “Art thou afeard to be the same
thine own act and valor as thou art in desire?” (Act 1, scene 7, lines
39-41). Lady Macbeth is trying to say are you afraid to be the same man
you once were, or the man you wish to be? She believes that Macbeth thinks
he will act different after the deed is done. Putting her strong foot forward,
she is not letting her plan go away to fast. She needs to think of more
ways to persuade him.
2 scene 2, Lady Macbeth hears weird noises and begins to grow suspicion of what
is going on. With confusion she starts to think what could it be, she left
the daggers in plain sight so there should be no problem. Macbeth enters,
Lady Macbeth “Alack, I am afraid they have awaked and tis’ not done, th’
attempt and not the deed”. (Line 8-10). What she means is that she is
nervous with all the noise going on if he did the deed or not. She can’t
deal with the anxiety.
two bloody daggers Macbeth has announced that he has killed the king. He
also states that they may not be all dead. She takes matters into her own
hands and finish what he started. “My hands are of your color, but I shame
to wear a heart so white”, (Act 2 Scene 2, lines 67-68) Lady Macbeth says
with a panic in her voice She feels like she just did the worse thing
possible. The worse thoughts are flowing through her head. The fact that
she helped with the murder is eating up at her. She thought that’s what she
always wanted but maybe she was wrong.Lady Macbeth is preparing for the
gathering, dealing with the fact that she just murdered
Act 3 scene 4, the dinner is in action, every one is there but Banquo, no one
knows where or what happened to him. When he was ready to get his seat he
table, he realized he had seen Banquos ghost sitting in his chair. An
outrage begins, Lady Macbeth confronts him and says “This is the very
painting of your fear, this is the air drawn dagger which you said led to
Duncan.”(lines 62-64) She means, that he needs to get it together there
are guest that are present, so behave your self and act like a man. She maybe
thinks that he will show that they did something wrong or had a part to
play and blow their cover.
suitors, Macbeth, the house has become worried that Lady Macbeth is
going completely insane, they don’t know what she is capable of. The
doctor is called in, is asked to help. The Gentlewoman says to the
doctor, It is an accustomed action with her to seem thus washing her
hands. I have known her to continue for an quarter of an hour”. (Lines
27-30) The gentle woman is completely clueless about what to do with
Lady Macbeth, so she calls in reinforcements. Lady Macbeth is getting to
the point where her guiltiness, is taking over life.
Act 5 scene 1, Lady Macbeth is going around the house sleep walking, and
spilling the facts. The doctor and gentlewoman have just found out that
Macbeth is the one to blame for the death of the King, and she helped.
Washing her hands Lady Macbeth says,” Here's the smell of blood still. All
the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”. (Lines 50-52).
She believes that the blood from the daggers will forever be on her
hands, never get off. Her thoughts are making her go crazy, no one can
help. The changes that are going through her body are horrible.
this stage of the play, the doctor is trying everything in his power to help
her, nothing has worked. “This disease is beyond my practice. Yet, I have
known those, which have walked in their sleep who died holily in their
beds”, Doctor says. (Act 5 scene 1 lines 58-60). He believes that she will
never be the same, she may just be at her last few breaths/days. Lady
Macbeth can no longer take this, from being strong she went completely
Act 5 scene 8, Macbeth has heard that Lady Macbeth has passed away. He doesn’t
pay much attention, he is worried about the fight he has headed. Little
does he know that Malcolm and Macduff have planned to kill him. After
Macduff has killed Macbeth, Malcolm has become the king and announces “Of
this dead butcher and his friend like queen, who as tis thought, by self
and violent hands took her life”. He is telling everyone that Lady Macbeth
has committed suicide. Lady Macbeth was once a persuading and strong woman
who let her conscious get the best of her.
Lady Macbeth is a woman who was thought to be of strong courage
and bravery, but in the end wasn’t. The quotes above, the story relate to
us today in many ways. Shakespeare is telling us that no matter how
much you want something you shouldn’t harm others. Killing gets
you no where in life, and could also lead to your own death or a horrible
life ahead of you.