Lady Macbeth is at Fault

by: Jacob Lopez

The Downfall of Macbeth

Because Lady Macbeth was ludicrous, she made her husband, Macbeth, turn into a brutal murderer. The constant antagonizing from Lady Macbeth towards Macbeth made him go from a humble man to a greedy monster. Macbeth was always insulted by Lady Macbeth; "Wouldst thou have that which though esteem'st the ornament of life and like a coward..."(Shakespeare 43). Lady Macbeth kept pushing and pushing Macbeth until he finally couldn't take it from his wife anymore and he gave in to her foolish ideas. Lady Macbeth finally got her husband to give in to her but she still continued on name calling and being bossy. Because she still didn't know if he could handle doing such a task, like murdering their great king, to ensure to her that Macbeth would follow through with the killing she said to him, "Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way"(Shakespeare 33). After she had turned him into the monster who killed the king, Macbeth's kind soul felt tremendous guilt for the deed he had done. He couldn't help but hallucinate and be afraid because he knew Duncan was a good king and he only killed him out of greed. These hallucinations and fears drove Lady Macbeth insane, and she knew she must put a stop to this behavior before her husband gave their secret away and got them killed. Lady Macbeth said to Macbeth, "The sleeping and the dead are but pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil"(Shakespeare 57). Lady Macbeth was going to desperate measures to hide her husband's hallucinations and fears from others. Banqou was already suspicious of the couple due to their weird behavior. The odd hallucinations only helped to boost his thoughts about them being the real murderers of the king, not the guards. Banquo knew he was right and in the end everyone else realized he was too, so they over threw Macbeth and and brought Scotland back to justice.
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Analogy used in Macbeth

"Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men, as hounds and grey hounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs, shoughs, water-rugs, and demi wolves are clept all by the name of dogs."(Shakespeare 83).

In this part of the play Macbeth is comparing Men to dogs. He is saying that mutts, wild dogs, and fine dogs are all classified as dogs. Comparing this to men because good men and bad men are, just as dogs, all classified as just men. This analogy shows to the reader that Macbeth is insulting Banqou and his sons by saying everyone is classified as a man but only some are good noble men.

Comic Relief Used in Macbeth

"If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key"(Shakespeare 59).

In this part of the play Macbeth had just murdered Duncan and heard prayers and people saying amen. The mood was very tense so Shakespeare had to lighten things up with this comic relief. The comic relief is talking about so many people going to hell that the porter would be a very busy man using the old turning key to open the gates so he could let all the people into hell. This shows the reader that Duncan's murder was a big deal in the play and Shakespeare had to break up the tenseness with a little humor.

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Imagery Used in Macbeth

"I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out..."(Shakespeare 43).

During this part of the play Lady Macbeth is convincing Macbeth to follow through with the murder. She is saying that he swore he would follow through with it to her but now he is backing out; so, she says that she would smash her baby's head in if she swore to him that she would. This was all in effort to make him feel he was obligated to murder Duncan. This use of imagery shows the reader that Lady Macbeth is really trying to get in Macbeth's head. She is making him feel like a bad person if he doesn't follow through with the murder he swore about to his wife.

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How This Song Relates to Macbeth

The song, "Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra represents the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth very well. The lyrics in the song, "Evil woman, evil woman, evil woman, your an evil woman... evil woman how you done me wrong but now your trying to wail a different song" represent Macbeth well. Lady Macbeth is very evil and controlling just like the lady in the song. Lady Macbeth also made Macbeth murder the king similar to how the lady described in the song did the man wrong. Lady Macbeth changed in the story from, in the beginning, a heartless woman with no feelings or guilt to, in the end, an emotional mess who had so much guilt she had mental breakdowns. This relates to the woman described in the song because it says she is now trying to wail a different song than she was before. (Lyrics start at 2:49 and end at 3:10)
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How This Movie Relates to Macbeth

The movie, Men Don't Tell, resembles the play "Macbeth" in a significant way. In the movie, Peter Strauss plays the part of a man who is in a very odd marriage. His marriage is strange because he is the victim of an abusive relationship. Peter is not the one doing the abusing, as many may think, he is actually being abused by his wife. This is like "Macbeth" because Lady Macbeth is very controlling over Macbeth and bosses him around a lot. Lady Macbeth gets in Macbeth's head and pretty much tells him what she wants him to do, and if he doesn't do what she wants she will question his manhood to his face. In the movie the same kind of abusive relationship happens between the couple. The wife is very bossy and controls the husband by always telling him what to do. She even went to the extent of trying to kill her husband because she was so angry with him. In "Macbeth" no physical abuse ever takes place but Lady Macbeth constantly calls Macbeth names if he doesn't do what she wants him to.
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