Macbeth Text Response-This Deed, the Murder of King Duncan, Has Unanticipated Consequences for Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Discussed
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Macbeth Text Response
This deed, the murder of King Duncan, has unanticipated consequences for both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Discuss
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare explores the theme of power, sleep and guilt. For Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to be able to be on the throne and fulfill the prophecy, they need to murder Kind Duncan. Unfortunately, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth didn’t think of the unanticipated consequences of committing the murder. The consequences that they are faced with include guiltiness, lack of sleep and broken relationships.
The murder of King Duncan comes after Macbeth has heard the prophecies made by the witches. He was told that he will not only be Thane of Cawdor, but King of Scotland. Macbeth and Banquo…show more content… Lady Macbeth is always questioning Macbeth’s manhood, ‘...to be more than what you were, you would/ be so much more the man’ (Act 1, scene 7, lines 55, 56 Pg 29), and forcing him to make decisions he doesn’t want to make. Therefore, Macbeth doesn’t consult his wife before killing Banquo and Fleance.
Lady Macbeth starts to sleep-walk and talk in her sleep for several nights. During her sleepwalking, she reveals the details of the murders for which she and Macbeth have been responsible for. ‘I tell you again, Banquo’s buried. He cannot come out on his grave.’ (Act 5, Scene 1, pg 94 lines 44-46). Lady Macbeth wants to undo the death of Duncan; change the past but she knows that she can’t. ‘What’s done cannot be undone’ (Act 5, scene 1, pg 92, lines 56-60). She sees blood on her hands, but she cannot remove the imaginary ere blood, ‘out damned spot! Out I say!’ (Act 5, scene 1, pg 92, line 30). She cannot remove the smell of blood ‘here’s the smell of the blood still./ All perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand’ (Act 5, scene 1, pg 92, lines 43, 44) Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking shows that she can’t escape her guilty conscience even when she is sleeping. The significance of Lady Macbeth’s hand washing is that she can’t remove the guilty thought of the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth eventually ends her own life, which is an unanticipated