But then again it is obvious that Shakespeare did not create his characters as a clear cut reflection to the Elizabethan times. And there is one very simple word I think of to summarise her character: wicked. Make it so that no kind of natural pity can prevent my cruel intentions from being carried out. Just as their words are confusing, it is unclear as to whether the witches merely predict or actually effect the future. As in all Shakespearean plays, mirroring among characters serves to heighten their differences. At the same time, he sees as his own biggest flaw not a lack of moral values but rather a lack of motivation to carry out his diabolical schemes.
In Act 2 scene 2 her character is constant but seems more authoritative. We are informed that Macbeth desires to be King of Scotland and initially, his wife appears to be supportive of him as a wife should be but her response to this changes quite drastically as we read further on. He consequently announces his decision to make his son Malcolm the heir to the throne of Scotland something that would not have happened automatically, since his position was elected and not inherited. Duncan then states that he plans to visit Macbeth at his home in Inverness. Also, Macbeth notes, Duncan is a guest, kinsmen, and good king. On Macbeth's arrival she takes the matter into her own hands; she does not argue or persuade, but with quiet determination assures him that Duncan will never leave their castle alive, and that she will arrange all the details.
He has already made inquiries as to the witches, and has learned that their prophecies always come true. It is heavily ironic that, in the Macbeths' experiment, that which is gold — the king himself — will become base and doubly ironic that Macbeth's golden reputation will be reduced to worthlessness. Strip away my femininity and fill me from head to toe with cruelty! His wife, however, cuts the scene short, bidding him show a friendly face to his royal guest and leave all the rest to her. Rebellious dead, rise never till the wood Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath To time and mortal custom. Macbeth tells his wife that Duncan will be staying with them tonight and leaving in the morning. Ditch-deliver'd by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab. I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.
The way Lady Macbeth acts like a perfectly welcoming hostess in front of King Duncan will make anyone deflect the fact that she is the mastermind behind it all. The ambiguity of the Weird Sisters reflects a greater theme of doubling, mirrors, and schism between inner and outer worlds that permeates the work as a whole. Unlike other Shakespearean villains like Iago or , Macbeth is not entirely committed to his evil actions. I can also imagine her being very attractive and that sometimes the way she looks makes people do things for her. Lady Macbeth You are the Lord of Glamis, and now Lord of Cawdor too, and you will be king as they promised you.
She continuously says things but never has the courage to do it; Macbeth does it. Lady Macbeth And when is he leaving? This leads me onto her ambitious aspect. Macbeth asks what will happen if they fail. To get this title she takes on a dark role and convinces Macbeth to be part of her plan. Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubins, horsed Upon the sightless couriers of the air, Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, That tears shall drown the wind.
We see how Macbeth manages to conjure up his own dark plans without Lady Macbeth spitting venom in his ear. Macbeth He plans to leave tomorrow. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. This shows how cold Lady Macbeth is, as milk is the food of children, she is implying that Macbeth is too much like a kind child to murder anyone. In this scene we discover that Lady Macbeth herself defines the word sinister. However, any such fears are dismissed by his wife in the same practical tone that she used in Act I.
Pity, like an innocent newborn baby, will ride the wind with winged angels on invisible horses through the air to spread news of the horrible deed to everyone everywhere. Banquo: you look too much like the ghost of Banquo. She replies that it is her duty to be hospitable since she and her husband owe so much to their king. Add thereto a tiger's chaudron, For the ingredients of our cauldron. Come in, without there: come in, whoever is there, outside. And finally, while Macbeth becomes increasingly devoted to murderous actions, his soliloquies are so full of eloquent speech and pathos that it is not difficult to sympathize with him.
Throughout the play, characters, scenes, and ideas are doubled. Lady Macbeth unconsciously echoes the words of the third witch in i. Instead, she becomes a woman devoid of the sexual characteristics and sentimentality that make her a woman. And yet her very ruthlessness brings about another form of ambiguity, for in swearing to help Macbeth realize the Weird Sisters' prophecy, she must cast off her femininity. Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure Of nature's germains tumble all together, Even till destruction sicken, answer me To what I ask you.
Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire? Macbeth is still undecided; he can neither accept nor reject the situation. He reflects that we never catch up with what we intend to do unless we do it right away. And if that's the case, does he appear more human, more or less capable of sinning, and, worrysome for the audience, more or less capable of winning their sympathy? By the end of the scene, Macbeth has decided to go ahead with the murder, using every muscle in his body to help him carry out this task. This apparition may foreshadow Macbeth's beheading by Macduff. Ay, sir, all this is so.