The Overarching Theme Of Guilt In Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The character Macbeth in the play, Macbeth by Shakespeare, faces a rise to power through betrayal. His wife, Lady Macbeth, is seen to be a very predomiant and influential figure throughout the play. As Macbeth is eventually persuaded by his wife to gain more power through murder. Resulting in a drastic change in not only Macbeth but Lady Macbeth as well. The playwright Shakespeare showcases the overarching theme of guilt through character development in Lady Macbeth.
Notably, Lady Macbeth’s personality is initially fierce and bold as she faces the thoughts of murder. For instance, as Lady Macbeth begins to plot Macbeth’s second rise to power, she believes he is too kind and insists that she should commit the murder herself. However, in order to do this, she must remove herself of any feminine features. She does this by calling on dark spirits to fill her “from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty,”
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For instance, a doctor and a gentlewoman are analyzing Lady Macbeth sleepwalking in which she is heard mumbling to herself. It is seen that Lady Macbeth had troubling thoughts about committing murder, “What, will these hands ne’er be clean?”(5.1.31). However, it is also seen that she fears the blood of her victim is visible, claiming it will not wash off; “Out, damned spot, out, I say!” (5.1.30). Consequently, the thoughts of Lady Macbeth eventually proved to be extremely mind damaging. For instance, it is seen that Lady Macbeth eventually killed herself; “‘tis thought, by self and violent hands, took off her life,” (5.8.71-71). The death of Lady Macbeth was guided greatly by her guilty thoughts. As the murder had driven her insane, believing she would soon be caught with murder was written all over her. Overall, after the period of murder, Lady Macbeth became extreme guilty ending her own life, through this, Shakespeare was able to develop the overarching theme of

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