Lady Macbeth's "obdurate strength of will and masculine firmness gives her the ascendancy over her husband's faltering virtue" Through much blood is shed in the murders of Duncan and his two guards, the most significant and most abundant blood appears on the hands of the murderer himself: Macbeth.Buchanan's work was available in Latin in Shakespeare's day. For the most part, blood is symbolic of violence and destruction. Having second thoughts about his decision, Lady Macbeth convinces him that being king is what he really wants, and that it is the best for both of them. In Chronicles, Macbeth is portrayed as struggling to support the kingdom in the face of King Duncan's ineptitude. The assassins succeed in killing Banquo, but Fleance escapes. Macduff carries Macbeth's head onstage and Malcolm discusses how order has been restored. Lady Macbeth's "obdurate strength of will and masculine firmness gives her the ascendancy over her husband's faltering virtue" As he rises to the throne, Macbeth yearns for the greater power of bestowing upon Scotland a line of kings bearing his name. A major factor in Macbeth's individuality is his determination throughout the play. Macbeth is relieved and feels secure because he knows that all men are born of women and forests cannot move. Some scholars contend that the Folio text was abridged and rearranged from an earlier manuscript or prompt book. Not even Neptune, the god of the sea can wash it away.
Macbeth may have been set in medieval Scotland, but it was filled with material of interest to England and England's ruler. Much of the confusion that springs from them comes from their ability to straddle the play's borders between reality and the supernatural.Such a stimulus demonstrates Macbeth's great ambition and determination for murdering King Duncan. The invasion has the support of the Scottish nobles, who are appalled and frightened by Macbeth's tyrannical and murderous behaviour. As a result, Macbeth is the one drowning in his own blood by the blade of Macduff. As they wander onto a heath, the Three Witches enter and greet them with prophecies. Upon the restoration of the monarchy in , two patent companies the King's Company and the Duke's Company were established, and the existing theatrical repertoire divided between them. The Witches, the play's great purveyors of rhyme, benefited most in this regard. Macbeth is relieved and feels secure because he knows that all men are born of women and forests cannot move. Versions of the story that were common at the time had Duncan being killed in an ambush at Inverness , not in a castle. Through the murder of Duncan, Macbeth comes to power in rule over all of Scotland. Although Lady Macbeth is a secondary character in this literary work, she sometimes acts as if she is more important. When Lady Macbeth learns of her husband's new title and prophesied destiny in Macbeth's letter to her, "she at once seizes on the opportunity that offers for the accomplishment of all their wishes--for greatness, and never flinches from her object till all is over" Hazlitt
Once again Macbeth fails to perceive the literal as well as the figurative meaning of a phrase, a phrase that subsequently becomes all too prophetic.
As Kenneth Muir writes, "Macbeth has not a predisposition to murder; he has merely an inordinate ambition that makes murder itself seem to be a lesser evil than failure to achieve the crown.
It is around as if his life tarnished and is meaningless as more blood piles on throughout the play.
How to cite this page Choose cite format:. In this light, Macbeth is punished for his violation of the moral order by being removed from the cycles of nature which are figured as female ; nature itself as embodied in the movement of Birnam Wood is part of the restoration of moral order.
Macbeth exemplifies his decline and is not bothered by this cry because he has experienced his own bloody terrors. Though Macbeth seems to love Lady Macbeth unconditionally, blood and murder has brainwashed him so much, that her death does not even faze him. After Duncans death, his mind revolves solely around his lust for power, which leads to his downfall.
The first prophecy is thus fulfilled, and Macbeth, previously sceptical, immediately begins to harbour ambitions of becoming king.
Macduff kills and beheads him, thus fulfilling the remaining prophecy. England seems comparatively benign, while its northern neighbour is mired in a bloody, monarch-killing past.