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
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
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…
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
4 December 2014
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…
prior to tomorrow’s class
. You don’t all want to be wasting time in class
tomorrow. The FEW of you who still need to print out may do so in class tomorrow in the library. On
Friday, you’ll have access to butcher paper (unless you have a poster board), markers, construction
● Each of you should find/create a few visuals for your paragraph to contribute to the poster. Visual
representations should be those of the text itself and of your argument. Once you are done typing your…
through the blanket of the dark,
To cry "Hold, hold!
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. The story is about a Scottish lord whose quest for power had caused him to murder a lot of people. This paper will dissect a passage of the play in which Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth is asking for courage to be able to kill someone. This passage has a dark feministic leaning in which Lady Macbeth asks for a man’s courage to be able to fulfill her plan of killing someone…
One of the hardest questions to ask from reading the play Macbeth is who is more immoral, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? By the end of the play, Macbeth is the more immoral one. He does not show any regret for the murders of Duncan or Banquo at the end of the play. Macbeth murders his way to the throne, even by killing his best friend Banquo. It takes someone very selfish to murder his or her best friend, no matter how big of a prize there is. For Macbeth, the prizes were how he worried…
Throughout History, a comedy within play productions has been defined in many different ways. Starting from the early age of comedy within plays, in this time the definition of comedy was something totally different then how we see it today. The true definition of comedy is being a professional entertainer, consisting of jokes and satirical sketches; one that is intended to make an audience laugh. In the 11th century during the era of the famous Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” comedy was…