Saturday, March 23, 2019
Macbeth: The Breakdown Of Character :: essays research papers
The two main characters in Shakespeares play, Macbeth, are Macbeth himself and his wife dame Macbeth. Their marriage seems to be mainly one of convenience for dame Macbeth, but for Macbeth it is clearly more than that. He loves his wife, and she takes advantage of that for her have gain. She is interminably making him feel guilty, for being weak, and for not being able to let up her a child, as is suggested by her run-in, "I have given describe and k straightaway how tender tis to love the babe that milks me". She also challenges his manhood, through words such as, "When you durst do it, because you were a man, and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.", which loosely means, Be a man, and then I will admire you.Macbeth is originally a hero to Scotland, and a strong character. He is a Lord under the rule of faggot Duncan, and has no reason to feel unhappy with his position. It is only after the prophecies of the unearthly Sister s, that he begins to long for the throne of Scotland, and even then needs Lady Macbeth to convince him to commit the murder.Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, begins as pure evil, and frame that focus. She has previously been married, and is therefore presumed older and trickier than Macbeth. She appears to always be using him for her own gain, by using her femininity to seduce him into doing the wrong thing, and in this way she persuades him to kill the king.When Macbeth hears the prophesies of his future, he appears to disregard them, but when he is made Thane of Cawdor (as foretold), he already is considering murdering the king "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my wholeness state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nonentity is but what is not.". It is perhaps for this reason that he writes to Lady Macbeth, as though prompting her for some persuasion for him to kill Duncan, and she later refers to this as his harmony on the murder "Nor time nor place did then adhere, and yet you would eviscerate both" basically meaning that he was prepared to kill him before, and now he is too weak to go through with it.The breakdown of both characters is revealed through their soliloquies.