Although Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do both feel guilt, the guilt they feel is very different. The first of these surrounds the murder of Duncan and the role that both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself played. Polanski puts Macbeth in front of the murderer and looking to aside so that he looks bigger and more important than the others. The texts I have chosen to compare to Macbeth are; The Laboratory by Browning and Summer of 1969 by Seamus Heaney. His fate is thus sealed entirely by his own hands.
This is also the first sign of the murder that will take place. But Lady Macbeth is calm and cool. That is when he decided that he would have to murder Duncan to fulfill the last prophecy. In the many scenes that follow, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth continually think about the murder and try to process their guilt for having committed it. Also guilt and conscience is huge near the end of the play when Lady Macbeth main character dies because of it. This is why she represses her conscience. Macbeth later told Lady Macbeth about this and she just wanted to help him and do whatever she could for him, so that he would be happy and be King.
The clearest example of this phenomenon is in the character Macbeth. Although we, as audiences, are aware of all the characters' feelings and situations, Lady Macbeth seems to have gone insane because she keeps seeing the blood stain that cannot be cleaned. This paper is an exploration of the many instances of guilt in the drama. Lady Macbeth and the Witches see Macbeth as the perfect victim of fate. He was the Thane of Glamis, soon became the Thane of Cawdor, and was in high standing with King Duncan. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony in this quote as Lady Macbeth first thinks that such a terrible and blasphemous crime can be cleared from the conscience by just a few drops of water and she herself does not seem to be at all worried or frightened at the thought of what she has done. However, she repented for what she did and felt very guilty about it which could show that she changed to become a good person.
He is responsible for his own actions regardless of whatever other people do. Regicide In Macbeth Have you ever intentionally done something bad, knowing you could get away with it? For example, when the three witches prophesize that Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor, thane of Glamis, and King of Scotland Banquo becomes jealous. Her guilt is coming to the surface as she sleeps and dreams. However, he is very ambitiousto be king. Symbolism is used extensively to express the motivation of guilt in Macbeth. But now Macbeth believes that even if you ensure that your victim is completely physically dead, he won't be gone, but instead comes back to haunt you: But now they rise again With twenty mortal murders on their crowns And push us from our stools. It begins with a discussion between a doctor and a very worried gentlewoman about the failing health of the lady herself.
She also urged Macbeth into doing it and that is what makes her part of this crime, but she is not as guilty as Macbeth. Without Lady Macbeth, her husband might never have ventured down the murderous path that leads to their ultimate downfall. By the close of the play, she has been reduced to sleepwalking through the castle, desperately trying to wash away an invisible bloodstain. Doctor Well, well, well,-- Gentlewoman Pray God it be, sir. He cannot believe that he had actually committed such a crime just to become a king. The grad student needed to complete the study for her dissertation, but had run out of funds. At this point, Macbeth's guilt reaches its zenith, where Macbeth no longer feels guilty.
Lady Macbeth did a little more than just talk about it though. She showed create courage and strength in an unwomanly fashion, and she corrected Macbeth's mistakes by placing the daggers which he had forgot to place on the drugged guards, he was in no state to frame the guards, because he was so scared and nervous. Macbeth is the only one who sees the ghost in a crowded room; is this yet another projection of his feverish mind? In Lady Macbeth's mind, being a woman —especially a woman with the capacity to give birth and nurture children —interferes with her evil plans. The Macbeths are the original power couple: where her husband is a courageous, skillful warrior, she's charming, attractive, and completely devoted to her husband's career. It can result though, in many good things, and just as easily into bad things.
It is plausible that Lady Macbeth does not even know that she is feeling guilty of the acts that she had committed even though the blood on her hands is the obvious sign of crime. Gentlewoman Neither to you nor any one; having no witness to 20 confirm my speech. She even questions the manhood of Macbeth, thus pricking him to the core to commit the crime. The question that arises is if Lady Macbeth had not told Macbeth about killing Duncan, would Macbeth have done that? Doctor You may to me: and 'tis most meet you should. Guilt is an emotional experience that occurs when a person believes that they have violated their morals. But during the Renaissance, this practice went backstage, giving rise to a new style, a new structure.
This is why it is difficult to determine which one of these two is more guilty, because they each do their own part in. She frankly tells her husband that he can not be a good man while taking what is not his. The people who did the killing had no choice, they had to do it, because they worked for Macbeth. Macbeth was a brave warrior, and able protector of the king, but he was also a human, a human with a flaw, a tragic flaw hamartia that will lead his tragic downfall Hubris. From the courages in defense of Scotland issignificant in the opening scene. Lady Macbeth used guilt, to tell Macbeth he is not man enough to murder King Duncan. Afterward, however, she begins a slow slide into madness—just as ambition affects her more strongly than Macbeth before the crime, so does guilt plague her more strongly afterward.