The Scottish Play

Macbeth's downfall

Who's to blame for Macbeth's downfall?

Macbeth was introduced as a noble and loyal person in the beginning. As the book goes on the reader can identify that the choices Macbeth makes are influenced by Lady Macbeth. The noble and loyal character changes to a murder.


Lady Macbeth has many methods of convincing Macbeth to make poor decisions. One of her forms is insulting Macbeth, "...And wakes it now, to look so green and pale

At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valor
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
Like the poor cat i' th' adage?" (1.7.39-51).

Lady Macbeth insults Macbeth consistently. Soon enough the same thing over and over gets old. Not only that, but the abuse could have caused Macbeth to lose respect for himself and not care about what happens to him. Which can lead to him acting irrational. If he doesn't care about himself, then he doesn't care about consequences.


Another technique Lady Macbeth uses is making him feel guilty, "...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 plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this"(1.7.62-67). In this situation, the underlying message she is trying to send to Macbeth is that she is more loyal. Which, of course, makes Macbeth feel guilty. Lady Macbeth uses the "I love you, more than you love me" card to play with his guilt.


Lady Macbeth knows she's shown loyalty. Even in the most dramatic times she has, But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail" (1.7.60). If she makes Macbeth feel like she's the victim, then automatically Macbeth is the villain. So she is constantly making him seem like he's the "bad partner". Like he is the unfaithful one.


All in all, these methods of abusive would cause any person to go insane. Macbeth is the victim and his wife is the villain.

Lady Macbeth

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Often in mordern society the man is the assumed to be "bully in the relationship". Or the bully, the monster or the animal. In this picture the female is perceived as the angel. The man looks rough next to the delicate angel. Things aren't always what they seem. In Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relationship, the abusive one is more of Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth often refers to herself as the dominate one in the relationship. She discredits Macbeth's masculinity, "Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness" (1.5.17). The picture symbolizes that Lady Macbeth uses the illusion of being an angel to manipulate Macbeth.

Novel Connection

Lady Macbeth's and Macbeths toxic and abusive relationship resembles the relationship in the novel "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. Both couples bring the best and worst in each other. The marriage isn't healthy, "no relationship is perfect, they say ...-bedtime rituals, who settle for TV as conversation, who believe that husbandly capitulation – yes, honey, okay, honey – is the same as concord" (Flynn 29). They've settled for simple. Maybe not bad but not good either. Both couples fight consistently and drive each other crazy. Each partner causes the other partner to have a meltdown or downfall.