The Macbeth’s Cruelty
William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth written in 1605-1606, is a brilliant and dramatic piece of art about how the Scots and Macbeth butchered the whole Danish army. People set high goals or purposes with significant meaning in Shakespeare’s time. People back then set their goals by working very hard to get better or getting done what they set out to achieve. People did anything and everything to get a better job or get wealthier back then. Many people told lies to their employer to advance in their jobs. Also, others purposely did things to their fellow workers to get them in trouble so they could get higher on the latter at work. The characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the play did everything wrong by believing the witches prophecies and becoming greedy to advance in life by killing Duncan themselves. So, which was more ruthless Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?
In act I, Macbeth’s tragic flaw is having too much ambition. He has indecision about killing King Duncan because he says that he is his kin, Duncan is his guest, and the aftermath of King Duncan’s death will cause the people to go crazy and riots will break out. But Lady Macbeth with such great visions of power and destruction persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan. Macbeth now decides when he has to kill King Duncan because Duncan has pronounced his son Malcolm to be next in line to be king. When Lady Macbeth finds out about the witches prophecies, she sees that her husband could be king if he kills Duncan. Once Macbeth finds out that the king wants to come to his house to eat and visit, he thinks he should somehow go about getting rid of Duncan. Lady Macbeth thinks that Macbeth is weak hearted and contains too much of “the milk of human kindness.” She plans to take control of his emotions and actions to help him if he plans to kill Duncan.
When King Duncan arrives, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth start planning a plot to kill him. Macbeth begins to get cold feet about the plot to kill Duncan soon after. Lady Macbeth takes on the role here as being the head of the family by forcing and convincing her husband to go on with the plan. Once again, Macbeth is bothered by self-doubt from his fear of retribution in heaven and on earth by getting his reputation shattered. Lady Macbeth pours scorn upon Macbeth by his lack of courage. She says he is a coward and that her own lack of pity will make her kill her own baby as it suckled at her breast, if necessary. This statement and her powerful words convince Macbeth to carry out their plan to kill Duncan. Finally, Macbeth gets up the courage and bravery to kill Duncan as he and Lady Macbeth intend to do.
After Macbeth kills King Duncan, he starts to fear that someone might have seen or heard him. Lady Macbeth, once again, comforts and helps him get through his fears and frustration by her powerful words and actions. After Macbeth kills King Duncan, he brings back the daggers that he meant to plant on the guards. Macbeth is scared about having killed Duncan and cannot go back to plant the daggers because he is ashamed of what he did. Once again, Lady Macbeth calms him down and goes back to plant the daggers herself. Also, Macbeth believes that he has murdered sleep and that he will never again be able to sleep easily and be at rest in his life. Lady Macbeth calms him down by her overpowering words that the sleeping and the dead are only pictures and that everything in life seems all right.
Even though the Macbeth family thought they could get away with murder to advance in life to be the next king the guilty consciousness and fate determined to be the winning factors that contributed to the downfall of Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth thought that he could get away with murder until he went crazy about thinking of killing Duncan that he tries to kill everyone else to get rid of whoever might stand in his way to be the next king.