Macbeth and Lady Macbeths Character

1976 WordsAug 4, 20108 Pages
The play ‘Macbeth’ was believed by scholars to have been written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1603 and 1606. Shakespeare’s date of birth is unknown but he was baptised on 26th April 1564 and died on 23rd April 1616, aged 52. He was an English poet and playwright with 38 plays, 154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems, and several other poems which all consist of his surviving works. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more than any other playwrights around the world. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon and married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18. They had three children and between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as a writer and actor. Many speculations…show more content…
He also realises how good Duncan has been to him and decides against the awful plan. Lady Macbeth then enters to change his mind. When she hears Macbeth is against the murder she is outraged and calls him a coward. She then emasculates him by questioning his manhood, telling him “When you durst do it, then you were a man” and questions him about his mental state considering him to be metaphorically hung-over. In the time that the play is set, Lady Macbeth talking to Macbeth in the way she is would have been quite shocking because men were considered very superior over women and it would have been very disrespectful. Macbeth asks Lady Macbeth about the possibility of failure and she replies “But screw you courage to the sticking-place and we’ll not fail”. Lady Macbeth is evidently the main driving factor for the murder of Duncan so far in the play and we can see Macbeth is reluctant to carry out the task. Lady Macbeth uses some very powerful imagery in the scene when confronting Macbeth that may shock the audience. She almost convinces Macbeth that she is fully behind the plan by talking about brutally killing her baby if that were the case. She says “Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had i sworn as you have done this.” The reasons for Lady Macbeths cruel nature is unclear though we are told “I have given suck” by Lady Macbeth but are not informed any more of this baby so it is possible that we are
Open Document