Both “Macbeth and “An Inspector Calls” by William Shakespeare and J.B. Priestley both explores the impact of guilt on their characters. For Shakespeare whose novel was set in Medieval Times and written in 1606 Jacobean Times, he writes the play for King James 1 of Scotland in order to gain patronage from King. However, Priestley (a socialist) whose novel was 1912 and written in 1945 (the end of WW2), he focuses on a capitalist family in Brumley just to promote the view of socialist to the audience in 1945. Despite the differences of the play, the overall impact of guilt are the same in both play but used in different ways. In this essay I will be focusing…show more content… Here we see Lady Macbeth calling dark spirits to take away her pureness and give poison just so she could have the power to kill the king showing us she has no guilt, which shows us the non-violent “female” traits are just as powerful as violent “male” ones.
Also, At the beginning of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth tries to get rid of her guilt before it manifests. For example, Lady Macbeth says ‘Of direst cruelty, make thick my blood’ and ‘That my keen knife see not the wound it makes’. When she says ‘make thick my blood’ she is trying to remove her guilt so she King Duncan. Furthermore when she says ‘see not the wound it makes’, she does not want to be see her guilt and let it manifest so she fearful of her guilt and we can see this develop throughout the play. Lady Macbeth seems to be very sure of herself as if her guilt has been entirely been removed and she does not fear her guilt. For example, she says ‘And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn’ and ‘But screw your courage to the sticking place, And we’ll not fail’. When she says 'had I so sworn' she believes she would 'dash'd the brains out' and that suggests her guilt may have been removed and she is unable to feel remorse for her part in committing regicide. But, she says 'we'll not fail', showing that she is very clear and sure that she can carry out the deed. Shakespeare is linking this to the “Gunpowder Plot” just to