Whilst Lady Macbeth Essay

881 Words Feb 11th, 2011 4 Pages
English Essay
In this essay I am will be analysing how Shakespeare and Duffy present madness in “Macbeth” and “Havisham”. Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare. It starts off with three witches who tell Macbeth that he will become the king. Macbeth kills the king and becomes king. Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff who was born by Caesarean section which was not considered to be born of a woman. The play was set in the Jacobean era. The Jacobean Era refers to the time in English and Scottish history that concurs with the reign of King James VI of Scotland, who also received the crown of England in 1603. “Havisham” is a poem written by Carol Ann Duffy. This poem is spoken by Miss Havisham, a character in Dickens’ Great Expectations. Jilted
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For example, Lady Macbeth deserves her madness whilst Miss Havisham didn’t. You can see this when Lady Macbeth says, “What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?” This quote shows that she is feeling anxious about the killing of the king and is afraid that someone might challenge her authority. Whilst Miss Havisham says, “the dress yellowing, trembling if I open the wardrobe.” This quote indicates that time has passed and that she literally trembles when she looks at the clothes of her past as she was an innocent victim.
Another difference is Lady Macbeth’s madness is rooted from her guilt of murder and repentance whilst Miss Havisham’s madness is rooted from revenge and the pain and sorrow she has felt. This can be seen when Lady Macbeth says, “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him” This quote shows that Lady Macbeth has become delusional over the sin she has committed and is losing her mind and is going on a psychotic rant. Whilst Miss Havisham says, “Not a day since then I haven’t wished him dead.” This quote shows that Miss Havisham is being tormented by a memento from her wedding dress which reminds her of the betrayal of her fiancé. Havisham also uses enjambment to show the feelings of her past are ongoing and is reflected through the use of the run on lines.

In my opinion, I think that Miss Havisham deserves more sympathy than Lady Macbeth as Havisham

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