The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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After reading The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, many people are left with unanswered questions about the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. What really provokes Lady Macbeth’s cruel actions? What is the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth? And lastly, is Macbeth really just a power-hungry, violent man? When one dissects the play scene by scene and analyzes every line, all of these questions are answered. In the play, Lady Macbeth’s actions are a result of a presumed mental illness, societal gender roles force a dependency on Macbeth and define the couple’s relationship, and Macbeth is shown as more than just a cruel man and is capable of being compassionate.
There are multiple instances where Lady Macbeth displays the characteristics of a mental illness. Specifically, in Act 5 Scene 1, Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking, which is an unusual enough circumstance. Not only is the sleepwalking a sign of unhealthy mannerisms, but she is also vigorously scrubbing imaginary blood. As she does this she speaks and says, “Out, damned spot! Out I say! One: two: / why, then ‘tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, my / lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear / who knows it, when none can call our pow’r to / accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” (5.1.36-41). Seeing that Lady Macbeth is not at the right state of mind, this helps give a little bit of an explanation for her rash actions. Whenever someone’s…

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