Vil-lain (noun): a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot. Even according to the dictionary, a villain does not solely have to be the person who commits all of the crimes. In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, while Macbeth does accomplish becoming an immoral villain who destroys his reign and his country, the real villain is his wife, Lady Macbeth, whereas she is the one who influenced her vulnerable husband to become evil in the first place. Lady Macbeth is the real villain for the following reasons: she commands evil upon herself, she plants the evil in Macbeth, and the planting of the evil causes Macbeth’s downfall of going on a rampage to secure his place as king. Lady Macbeth is the root to Macbeth’s evil. It starts from the beginning, where she commands evil upon herself. Her very first villainous move is deciding to kill Duncan to make Macbeth the king. She knows that Macbeth is incapable of conjuring up such a plan. To help her out, she calls upon evil spirits and asks them to “unsex me here” and also to “stop up the access and passage of remorse” because she knows if she obtains any good qualities, her plan will not succeed (33). Her vaulting ambition is to give her husband the throne she believes he deserves. As Wright observes, “she deliberately chooses evil as her course and invokes the Powers of the Darkness to be her aids” (Wright xi). While she did not have to commit such a deed, her pathway of evil is the first step in the downfall of her husband. Once Lady Macbeth resolved her decision, she plants the evil into Macbeth. From the start, King Duncan trusts Macbeth. Not only does Duncan make Macbeth the Thane of Cawdor, but he has “double trust” in Macbeth as a kinsman and a host (39). Duncan knows what Macbeth is capable of and, as demonstrated in the following: “I have begun to plant thee, and will labor to make thee full growing” (27). Macbeth appreciates Duncan’s trust in him, and once he learns of Lady Macbeth’s plan, he does not fully agree with her arrangement. Macbeth believes he should “strong both against the deed” since he is Duncan’s kinsman and subject, and as Duncan’s host he should “against his murder shut the door, not bear the knife [himself]” (39). Snyder agrees with Duncan’s disagreeing mindset by saying: “To kill Duncan … is to compound iniquity” (Snyder 197). Since Macbeth isn’t yet on Lady Macbeth’s side, she begins to taunt him. She doesn’t believe in him fulfilling the murder because of his moral heart, and she notes the following about him: “Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” (31). Also, when she and Macbeth are together, she barks that his face “is as a book where men may read strange matters” since he is so afraid of killing Duncan (35). In order to fully get Macbeth on board with the plan, she cruelly insults him and makes him feel like a craven man. Lady Macbeth drills into his mind that she now only looks at him as a coward and “from this time such I account thy love” (41). Lady Macbeth knows that her plan cannot be successful with Macbeth not fully in unison with her mindset to carry out the deed, so she tries to get to him one last time. The taunting concludes when she asks if he will “esteem’st the ornament of life” or “live a coward in thine own esteem” (41). She clearly is in control in this scene. She is not only thirsty for Duncan’s death, but she is more of a man than Macbeth is. To prove her point, she brags to him that she would have “dashed the brains out” of a baby if she had to (41). Finally Macbeth comes around, and when he asks what would happen if they were to fail, she brashly responds with the following: “Screw your courage to the sticking-place / and we’ll not fail” (43). Lady Macbeth uses Macbeth as the weapon to kill Duncan. She is corrupt enough where she would have murdered Duncan herself, however her excuse is explained in the
In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth shows that she has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is having anxiety attacks over a past experience. These attacks can be actions such as repeated motions, flashbacks of an incident, or anxiety through an experience daily. Lady Macbeth is best described as a person who convinced her husband to kill King Duncan for power. Lady Macbeth shows that she suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress…
Importance of Decision Making in
The great poet Maya Angelou once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to
you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” In life control is important and should not
be taking away. Use control and decision making to great use because like Maya Angelou said
even though you cannot control many events, you sure can reduce them. Control, decision
making and influences are all important when reading
Macbeth Research Paper
What qualities makes a person good or bad? Researchers of psychology define evil as, “dehumanization, diffusion of responsibility, obedience to authority, unjust systems, group pressure, moral disengagement,and annuity.” These reasons along with background information of a subject helps to identify why a subject may turn evil. Unfortunately, finding a clear cut definition for good was not as easy for researchers. According to the five year study of world-renowned psychologist…
Thane of Cawdor as a Tragic Hero
Macbeth surely portrayed the elements of a Shakespearean classical tragedy. Throughout the play, he changed into something he initially did not want to become. His noble qualities turned into cowardice and uncontrollable ambition. Thus, there are three aspects that contribute to Macbeth being a tragic hero: his tragic flaw of ambition, the prophecies told by the three witches, and the controlling manipulation of Lady Macbeth.
In order to be a classic tragic hero…
Honors English III
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In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin the main character, Edna Pontellier, undergoes several awakenings that reveal her destiny to become an independent individual or die trying. Edna is an audacious and extraordinary woman whose need to forget her old life drives her to begin a new one where she is truly free. This nineteenth century novel was written when both realism and romanticism literary traditions were popular. Edna represents…
any sleep or we don’t get to sleep enough we become groggy and a bit insane. This is what happened to Macbeth but on a much larger and psychopathic scale.
S2: When Macbeth doesn't sleep he begins to slowly lose control of his mind and begins to murder people. On the other hand, Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, acts completely insane when she sleepwalks.
S3: William Shakespeare's play Macbeth exhibits how two very different characters deal with sleep and rest when they are guilty and responsible…
author of all time.
Macbeth is a famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It is said to be first performed in the year 1606. It portrays the uprising of Macbeth a Scottish general who get a prophecy from 3 witches that he will be King of Scotland one day. This play has audiences on the edge of their seats.
Macbeth- Macbeth is portrayed as strong and brave in the tragedy but towards the end he changes to power hungry and greedy. Towards the beginning people looked at macbeth as a strong a trustworthy…
man for the job, especially now King Macbeth is dead, coincidently days after his wife’s suicide.
As you know, Macbeth took over from King Duncan after being brutally murdered in his sleep, during his time as a guest at the Macbeths. Two of the Macbeth’s staff faced murder charges for the stabbing and sentenced to prison. Following the death of their father, Prince Malcolm and Donalbain abdicated to Brazil, who knows their reasons. This meant that Macbeth became king by elimination, who else was…
is fate. In Macbeth the theme of fate played a huge role because fate is not controlled by you, it's decided by god so no matter what, if something is destined for you it will happen and no one can try to change it. Fate plays a huge role in everyone’s life because everything is planned for you all your actions, all your sins, and all your good deeds. The saying, “Everything happens for a reason” that’s fate. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, fate plays an important role in the lives of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth…
this tragedy of the story of Macbeth: Lady Macbeth, and the witches had little control, but Macbeth had the most control.
Lady Macbeth had little control over the event happening in the play. Lady Macbeth wants to make sure that everything about King Duncan murder goes by her plan so she says, “Only lookup clear: /… Leave all the rest to me.”(Doc B). This quote is evidence that Lady Macbeth is in control when planning Duncan’s murder. Lady Macbeth tries to make Macbeth feel less of a man, and says…