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The Unjust Isolation of Frankenstein's Creation and Other Reasons to Never Become a Model: Societal Prejudices in Shelley's Frankenstein A Swiss Proverb once enlightened, "When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything". Sadly, vision is the primary sense of mankind and often the solitary basis of judgment. Without human's limitations of the shapes, colors and textures of our overall outward appearances, the world would be a place that emphasizes morals, justice and intelligence rather than bravado, cuteness, and sexual attraction. For if there were no predetermined ideal models defining the beautiful possibilities of the human body's variation, one would never suffer isolation due to one's disability, unattractiveness, or unusual physical attribute. Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, sheds light on the eternal illusory and importance of appearance through the tale of an unwanted creation that is never given a chance. Ironically, the supposed beast was initially much more compassionate and thoughtful than his creator, until his romantic and innocent view of the human race was diminished by the cruelty and injustice he unduly bore. Not only does the creature suffer the prejudice of an appearance-based society, but other situations and characters in the novel force the reader to reflect their own hasty crimes of judgment in an intelligent and adult fashion. The semi- gothic novel includes several instances of societal prejudice that include the isolation and outcast of Frankenstein's creation, the creature's biased opinion of the cottagers, and the unbalanced and inappropriate classification of Victor. Throughout the course of the creature's isolated and pathetic journey, he is never given the opportunity to participate in human interaction, as he so deeply deserves. Upon his creation, the reaction of Victor, his maker, is so vividly appalling; one forgets that this is actually the birth of a human being. His 'father', Victor, is so selfish and has such a lack of responsibility and foresight, that he creates a human being for the simple purpose of recreation, intellectual stimulation, and the thrill of 'the chase'. Frankenstein himself refers to his own creation as, ""¦the life which I had so thoughtlessly bestowed" 88; ch.1; vol. 2. Victor is solely interested in the beneficial aspects on the surface of creating, just as his interest in the exterior 'monster' is superficial. Not only is Victor's quest selfish, but his goal is frivolous as well. Victor's initial opinion of his creature is that of disappointment, although he succeeds in his destination to create a living being from inanimate pieces. The disappointment is not only irrational, but also shows his further jaded ideal of perfection in the fact that he considers ugliness a weakness. If that were true, ugliness would be the creature's only weakness, as the story goes on to tell of the selfless acts of kindness the creature administers. Victor describes his supposed miserable failure as a deformed monster when he says "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of lustrous black, and flowing his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only form a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips" 56; ch.5; vol.1. Later, Victor sees the creature after a long period of his aimless roaming, and he "trembled with rage and horror" 95; ch. 3; vol .2. Victor wished to engage in mortal combat because he had a faint premonition the creature might have possibly killed his son. The senseless idea was formed simply because of the creature's physical features, and that he may have been in the vicinity. Even though the monster was shunned, hated, labeled prematurely as a killer, and cursed by his very own maker, he sees the goodness of the human heart and desires to learn more about the human race. As the supposed monster journeys onward, he is delighted and allured by the moon and sun, and other peaceful, natural and romantic settings. He describes a community as, "miraculous" 102; ch. 3; vol. 2, and sacrifices his own hunger by refusing to steal from poverty-stricken cottagers. Contrary to the creature's serene emotions, the villagers react in an absurd frenzy: "the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted" 102; ch. 3; vol. 2. The creature's deformity even took a profound effect on his own state of mind. The creature reflects, " Alas! I did not entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable infirmity" 110; ch. 4; vol. 2, and ponders, "Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all woman disowned?" 117; ch. 5; vol. 2. The reader wonders if the creature has fell into the unfeeling void of prejudice and believes he is an outsider to mankind that deserves his bleak fate. Finally upon hearing the creature's story Victor expresses a hint of pity for the creature, "I compassioned him and sometimes felt a wish to console him"¦" 142; ch. 9; vol. 2, although Victor goes on to say, " But when I saw the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart sickened and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred" 142; ch. 9; vol. 2. At the conclusion of the novel, Victor refuses to create another, and end the creature's miserable asylum due to the simple belief that beasts cannot nor should live peacefully in the comfort of love and kinship. The cottagers also display a contrast of truth and appearance. The creature almost falls in love with the family from a distance. He thinks they exude natural innocence and kinship by simply viewing them from afar. Without actually interacting physically or emotionally with the group, the monster incessantly passes discernment while safely camouflaging himself in the background and daydreaming. Although the monster notices the differences of age and varying body forms, he nonetheless gives the cottagers decent and moral roles with no intelligent basis. The creature remarks, "One was old, with silver hairs and a countenance beaming with benevolence and love: the younger was slight and graceful in his figure, and his features were molded in the finest symmetry" 105; ch. 3; vol. 2. Merely due to the disparity of the creatures physical attributes and the cottagers, the creature looks upon them as, "superior beings" 111; ch. 3; vol. 2, and believes "that they would be disgusted by my gentle demeanour and conciliating words " Satirically, the gentle and soothing words of the cottagers would be natural and fitting, as the 'monster's' appears repelling. Alas, the creature discovers the true souls of these treasured humans whom he has so greatly bestowed the hope of equality. When the younger cottagers invade the comrades' peaceful discussion, their horror and consternation is indescribable to the articulate being. The blind man slightly penetrates the inhibitions of appearance when he says, "there is something in your words which persuades me that you are sincere" 130; ch. 7; vol. 2. Although even he falters the evil test of true equipollence when he utters, "I am blind and cannot judge of your countenance" If the blind man only knew the error of his words, the creature may have found a true home. The untimely assessment of Victor as an inoffensive and harmless existence symbolizes the generous leniency one gives to another that through appearance is viewed as a reflection of oneself. Victor has several nervous breakdowns and becomes reclusive at times. His unusual behavior goes unnoticed by his family and friends due to his seemingly safe and passive physical stature. Victor reflects on the grievances of his beloved Elizabeth and father. He sheds light on the disagreement between his image of innocence and the true broken shell of a man he inhabits: "Frankenstein, your son, your kinsman, your early, much-loved friend; he who would spend each vital drop of blood for your sakes- who has no thought nor sense of joy, except as it is mirrored also in your dear countenance" 86; ch. 8; vol. 1. After several episodes of intense worry and emotional drain, Victor descends into another world of physical and emotional pain that proceeds to affect the emotional states of his family and friends. Victor's guilt is expressed when he says, "My father's care and attentions were indefatigable; but he did not know the origin of my sufferings" 179; ch. 5; vol. 3. Even when Victor avoids society and is in a state of utter despair, his father refuses to acknowledge that this normal, pleasing-looking, blood-related, and seemingly sane human is indirectly responsible for such horrendous acts of malice. Victor, like his creation, was the victim of hasty opinions regarding the nature of their personal inner countenances. The semi- gothic novel includes several instances of societal prejudice that include the isolation and outcast of Frankenstein's creation, the creature's biased opinion of the cottagers, and the unbalanced and inappropriate classification of Victor. The universal quest for acceptance has led many humans to irrevocable and indecent acts. No one truly desires for their own brethren to lead a life of eternal heartache and hardship, yet we allow it to happen everyday. The simple meaninglessness of a person's appearance can cause isolation no human should have to endure. The flashes of airbrushed and plastic beauty that are copied and pasted on every media outlet in today's information age give usually intelligent and morally-intent human beings short attention spans for anything other than our own selfish well-being. For the small duration of time we do think about anything beside ourselves, we are bombarded with pity cases for the specifically cute and child-victims. In the meantime, the not-so-cute and older victims are left to fend for themselves and most human beings go on pretending the confidant and assertiveness that come with knowledge and modern civilization rule society. Meanwhile, people of all ages, sexes, and races continually binge and purge, starve and isolate themselves, and become depressed or angry. We incessantly turn a blind eye to the superfluous suffering of our brothers and sisters, and even condone the labeling of Victor's benevolent 'child' as 'monster'. Had the image-obsessed society paused for one moment to introspect the personality that they feared, a multitude of lives could have been saved.
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The Unjust Isolation of Frankenstein's Creation and Other Reasons to Never Become a Model: Societal Prejudices in Shelley's Frankenstein A Swiss Proverb once enlightened, "When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything". Sadly, vision is the primary sense of mankind and often the solitary basis of judgment. Without human's limitations of the shapes, colors and textures of our overall outward appearances, the world would be a place that emphasizes morals, justice and intelligence rather than bravado, cuteness, and sexual attraction. For if there were no predetermined ideal models defining the beautiful possibilities of the human body's variation,...
and older victims are left to fend for themselves and most human beings go on pretending the confidant and assertiveness that come with knowledge and modern civilization rule society. Meanwhile, people of all ages, sexes, and races continually binge and purge, starve and isolate themselves, and become depressed or angry. We incessantly turn a blind eye to the superfluous suffering of our brothers and sisters, and even condone the labeling of Victor's benevolent 'child' as 'monster'. Had the image-obsessed society paused for one moment to introspect the personality that they feared, a multitude of lives could have been saved.
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Discuss the dramatic development of... Discuss the dramatic development of Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a drama written about how a warrior tries to become king through murder and deceit with the help of his wife, and how the consequences of their actions are great. The play is centred around four main themes: evil, death, mental disorders and the supernatural which are closely linked together. Lady Macbeth shows all of these things and is a very diverse character who slowly develops through the course of the play. At the beginning of the play, the audience meet the witches and are first introduced to evil and supernatural. Witches were a very controversial subject at the time when Shakespeare wrote the play. This means that the play would be controversial and attract a lot of customers as well as raising thoughts and ideas in the audience"s heads. Seeing and hearing the witches early on gets the audience ready for the rest of the play and lets them know what its about. This also tell the audience what the letter means that Lady Macbeth reads out at the beginning of act 1 scene 5. In act 1 scene 5, where Lady Macbeth is reading the letter from Macbeth, she finds out that Duncan will be coming to stay and thinks that this is a perfect opportunity for her to use her plan to make Macbeth king, it literally falls straight into her lap. " Messenger: the king comes here to-night". During this scene, Lady Macbeth mentions some key words used which show the main themes of the play: "closest partner" - This means that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a close relationship and are happy together. "greatness" - Macbeth is considering his future and what it holds for him. "metaphysical", "fate" - Lady Macbeth is mentioning the supernatural, showing that this is a key part o the play. "Raven" - She is mentioning death, which is another main theme. "night" - Night could be thought of as evil in the times when the play was performed because dark was related to evil and light to good. "smoke of hell" - An obvious reference to evil. When Lady Macbeth has her speech line 37 to line 57, she is trying to invoke the evil spirits and make her like a man and therefore strong and powerful. "come you spirits" she is speaking directly to the spirits. "unsex me here"¦ full of direst cruelty"" she wants to be a man and become full of cruelty and evil so that she can commit the terrible deeds that she wants to do. "make thick my blood, stop up the access and passage to remorse" if her blood is thicker, then less emotion will be able to reach her hart and she will be able to stand up to them and be evil. "take my milk for gall" take all that is womanly and turn it bitter like bile, make me bitter and foul. "sightless substances" she believes that the spirits are real, but she just can"t see them. "pall the in the dunnest smoke of hell" she wants to be shrouded in the darkest spirits or "smoke" from hell to make her as evil as possible. "all hail hereafter!" she is predicting the future enthusiastically, you will be even greater! The future will happen now and you will be king soon. She needs to become evil so she can make Macbeth do what he has to do as well as other bad things she has to do later. As soon as Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that Duncan is coming, she asks when he will leave, "and when goes hence" she"s so obsessed with the plan that Macbeth doesn"t really seem to matter, she really wants this to work. Macbeth replies and she just tells him that Duncan will be dead before then. Lady Macbeth mentions faces, which is a metaphor for behaviour that is used later in the play as well. She says that his face is like a book where people can read what is happening. She wants them both to put on a mask metaphorically speaking and cover up their feelings and behaviour so that no one suspects anything. "look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under"t" serpent is a reference to evil, as in the Garden of Eden. "He that's coming must be provided for" what does she mean? Does she want the people to be happy or is she talking about the murder? Or both? I think that the latter is true, she needs to prepare for the guests so that they don't suspect anything, but she still needs to get the final details correct for the murder. Macbeth, who has just come back from battle is stunned and surprised by all this and is also very tired, he wants to do it later, so Lady Macbeth tells him not to worry and that she will sort it out. Yet again, she is too busy with the plan to worry about him. During Act 1 Scene 7, Lady Macbeth is persuading Macbeth to go ahead with the murder. At the beginning of the scene, Macbeth is talking to himself and trying to work out whether he should kill Duncan. Without Macbeth Lady Macbeth"s plan won"t work so it is critical that she persuades him to do it. He starts off saying that if the murder was done quickly, it would be a good thing as soon as it was done. Then he says that if the murder can stop any further consequences and succeed, then one blow could be all that is needed to end everything "the be-all and end-all". He says that if he went through with it, he would not want to go to the afterlife because he would be punished for it, but he would get punished on earth anyway because of the law. He is weighing out the good and bad points. Macbeth is the king"s subject and should be loyal. He is also his host and his duty to look after the visitor and protecting not kill him himself. As well as his relative. Duncan is a good man and has been good to me. He is like an angel. If he were killed, pity will be seen and everyone will find out about the murder with a tear in their eye. If Duncan was a bad person, Macbeth wouldn't mind killing him, but he wasn't. Macbeth thought that his ambition to be king exceeded any hope anyway. He decided that he was not going to go through with it because of all this. After he has gone through everything and decided not to do it, Lady Macbeth comes in and asks him what he thinks. He says in no unclear terms that he doesn"t want to go ahead, "we"ll proceed no further in this business", he says that he has had great praise off people and doesn"t want to spoil it all. Lady Macbeth is shocked at his answer and will not take no for an answer. She is determined to make him change her mind and spends the rest of the scene doing so because this is so important to her. "Was the hope drunk, Wherein you dress"d yourself? Hath it slept since, and wakes it now, to look so green and pale" Has your hope had a hangover or something? "art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire?" Are you frightened to be what you would like to be? "And live a coward in thine own esteem" Are you a coward in your own self-esteem? "Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would" like the poor cat j" the adage?" Are going to say I dare not after saying I will like a cat who wants to eat fish, but doesn"t want to get its paws wet? These are the first few questions that Lady Macbeth asks Macbeth to try to persuade him. In reply to these questions, Macbeth answers saying "I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more, is none" anyone who does more than is natural for a man is not a man. Lady Macbeth says that he must have been a beast then when he had this idea and that he would be more of a man if he did it. Lady Macbeth is mocking him in order to get him to do it. The connection between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is becoming weaker but only a little bit. Lady Macbeth is so desperate to get Macbeth to continue the plan that she says that she would do the worst thing possible for a woman. She would take her smiling child whom she loves dearly and is what makes her a woman and beat the brains out of it so as to kill it, rather than take this opportunity to kill Duncan. "know how tender "tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck"d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash"d the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this". Macbeth is very shocked about this and realises how much it means to her. This also shocks the audience because such a deed would be unimaginable for any mother at the time and would leave the audience to believe that Lady Macbeth is becoming more evil. When Lady Macbeth says that she would kill her own child, this could be because of many reasons, she could just be an evil person, as she did call upon the spirits earlier in the play. She wants this to happen really badly, does she want to be queen more then love her child? I think that she can"t be pure evil, she is very ambitious, but not evil. If Macbeth definitely wouldn't kill Duncan, she wouldn't kill her child. Even though it was probably an empty threat, just to say that kind of thing shows that she really wants them to be king and queen. Macbeth is close to agreeing to the plan. He wants to do it now, but is worried about what would happen if they fail. Lady Macbeth simply replies "we fail?" she doesn"t want to think about failing, it is out of the question. They won"t fail as long as Macbeth screws up his courage like the strings on a lute or guitar so they taut and then we will succeed. After Macbeth is convinced, they add the final touches to the plan and everything is on course for success at the end of the scene. In Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth has returned from killing Duncan and is telling Lady Macbeth about what has happened. At the beginning of the scene, Lady Macbeth is worried about what has happened. "Has it gone wrong," "I did everything right." "It hasn't worked," "oh no, he has failed." "If Duncan hadn"t reminded me of my father, I would do it myself." Lady Macbeth is really quite worried. When Macbeth arrives and tells her that he"s done it, it is a great relief to her, but they are still both a bit jumpy, worried about noises they are hearing. After killing his king, Macbeth is quite traumatised saying that the blood on his hands is "a sorry sight", but Lady Macbeth is less worried now and says that Macbeth is being foolish. She tells him to go back and cover the guards with blood, but Macbeth won"t even think about what he just did, let alone go back to the scene of the murder. So Lady Macbeth goes herself because the guards must look guilty for the plan to work. Macbeth is almost going mad, his eyes are almost falling out of his head at the sight of his hands. "Will all great Neptune"s oceans wash this blood Clean from my hand?" He thinks that metaphorically, all the water on Neptune couldn't wash all this blood from his hands, he can"t get the blood off his hands, everyone will see it and he will always be a murderer. "No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine Making the green one red." The blood on my hands would make all the many seas red instead of green. Lady Macbeth just tells him to use a bit of water, "How easy it is, then!" Lady Macbeth isn"t worried, but Macbeth is mentally disturbed by what he has just done. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth everything that happened, including what the guards said. He said that he wanted to say amen to bless himself, but he couldn't say it, as if he couldn't be blessed because of what he was doing, like he was becoming evil. Lady Macbeth realises what is happening to Macbeth and tells him not to think about what has happened or they will both go mad. Sleep was important in Shakespeare"s plays, it was thought to remove all evil and badness from a person, so if you didn't sleep for a while then you might be though of as partly evil or bad. Sleep is mentioned a lot in "Macbeth" and Macbeth mentioned that he was told that he will "sleep no more" he is worried that this will be true and that he will become evil. Lady Macbeth still doesn"t feel bad about anything, and tells Macbeth to simply get some water and wash his hands. "a little water clears us of this deed: how easy is it then!" Act 3 Scene 4 is the banquet in the palace where Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo. The scene starts off with greetings from Macbeth as if nothing has happened, then he checks that Banquo has been killed and thanks the murderer. I think he hired a murderer because he would do it himself, but he doesn"t want to go through what happened with Duncan again. The murderer says that everything went well, but that Macbeth should be wary because although the murder is not a problem at the moment, it could become a problem later. Macbeth is pleased, but has to get on with being the host and entertaining so as not to let the guests know about what has happened. Lady Macbeth tells the guests how welcome they are and makes a little joke to ease the atmosphere of the banquet. Then the ghost of Banquo enters that only Macbeth can see but before he sees it, he acts like he doesn"t know anything about Banquo"s death and asks why he"s not there so the guests don't suspect anything. Macbeth"s mind is a bit jumbled up and confused when he enters the banquet because of all his secrets, and he isn"t communicating with Lady Macbeth properly. This is the first meeting since the coronation and he needs it to go well if he wants to reinforce his position as king. Macbeth is then asked to sit down, but says "the table"s full" the guests can all see the empty seat, but Macbeth sees the ghost sitting in it. The guests can"t understand what"s going on and Macbeth thinks that it's a joke or something. "Which of you have done this?" He sees the ghost because he feels guilty about killing Banquo and Duncan. Banquo has come back to haunt him for what he has done Duncan and Banquo were Macbeth"s friends as well; this makes him even more upset, if it had been an enemy, he wouldn't be bothered. Ross thinks that Macbeth has gone mad and tells the others to leave, but Lady Macbeth worried herself tries to cover for him. She says that he is often like this since he was a child and the fit will be over soon. Just ignore him and it will be fine. Lady Macbeth talks to Macbeth and asks him what he"s doing, she tries to tell him to stop and reassure him, but he ignores her and starts talking directly to the ghost. He says that if the dead can come back to life, we will have to use the stomachs of birds of prey for tombs. Now Lady Macbeth is getting quite worried about him and what is going to happen because of his behaviour, she asks him if his foolishness had made him completely forget that he is a man. Macbeth speaks to the ghost again, he is confused, he says that once upon a time, there were terrible murders, and when the brains were out, the man was dead and that was the end, but now, that isn"t true and the dead can come back to life. Lady Macbeth reminds him that the guests are waiting for him, as she is again more worried about what is going to happen than what is happening to her husband. After the ghost has gone, Macbeth is yet again confused, he can"t understand why the others aren"t scared when he is, he asks them but they don't know what he"s talking about. Macbeth is not in control of the banquet. We can see this because of his actions and the way he handles them. He has been seeing ghosts and talking to them about death, he has been totally oblivious to his guests while having a fit, he has had a mental breakdown. This has all happened because of what he has done to Duncan and Banquo. He has killed two people who have not done any harm to him, even been his friends, all just for a position which is probably beyond his reach. He has killed many men in way and not thought twice, but now he kills two and snaps, he has gone too far. He has injured himself mentally and damaged the plan that he and Lady Macbeth had come up with. He is really in trouble now. Two of the themes of the play, mental disorders and evil are present in this scene. Macbeth has distorted the natural order of life Animals at the bottom, then ordinary men, then kings and queens then God and is suffering the consequences. At this point, Lady Macbeth realises that it has gone too far and Macbeth isn"t going to cover this up, and so dismisses the guests as quickly as possible so they don't begin to think about why Macbeth is acting the way he is. Macbeth is getting very worried about being uncovered as a murderer and is telling Lady Macbeth about how he will probably be found out. He is also suspicious about Macduff not being at the banquet. He says that he has a spy in every house and that he will see the weird sisters tomorrow and get them to talk, he is desperate to know. Everything in his path to kingship should be killed. He is bent on going all the way now and no one is going to stop him. Lady Macbeth is a little shocked by this and thinks that Macbeth needs sleep to get rid of the evil that seems to be filling him up, so they go to bed. In Act 5 Scene 1 we see Lady Macbeth sleepwalking which is a repeated occurrence. The scene starts with a conversation between a doctor and a gentlewoman which is simply a way of telling the audience that this is not a one off, and that Lady Macbeth"s mind is severely damaged and she does this regularly. The gentlewoman is arguing with the doctor, saying that she has seen lady Macbeth sleepwalk and do things, but the doctor doesn"t believe her. Then Lady Macbeth sleepwalks in and proves the gentlewoman right. The two talk about what she is doing and are in awe. Lady Macbeth is washing her hands, like she told Macbeth to do before. He said that he couldn't clean them, and she is having the same problem, she cant get them clean. She mentions hell, afraid, fear and blood. She is not speaking in proper sense; she is asking questions as if someone was there. Her mind is being emptied in a big surge. She keeps going on about not being able to get her hands clean. "Here"s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh!" When says oh in the text, I would interpret that as a scream as they did in the version that I watched. When she lets out this scream, she is releasing everything that has been cooped up in her mind. "What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.". The doctor tells the gentlewoman that he cannot do anything about Lady Macbeth, he can only help earthly problems, not mental ones, he just mentions sleep. Lady Macbeth is recalling what went on previously "there"s knocking at the gate"¦What"s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed." The doctor says that bed will help her and asks God to bless her and relieve her of the evil that is trapped within her. This is the last we see of Lady Macbeth, she is not heard of until Act 5 Scene 5 where Macbeth and the audience is informed of her death. The news of lady Macbeth"s death is delivered by a man called seyton. His name has a strong resemblance to Satan the devil. Is this intentional by Shakespeare? I think it is, the devil has taken hold of Lady Macbeth because of all the evil that come within her. Macbeth strangely doesn"t seem to be very bothered about it, he says that she would die anyway, time goes on and on at a trivial rate until the end of time, life is like a candle which will go out eventually, and we are very insignificant in the big picture. Life is a story told by an idiot signifying nothing. I think that this is Shakespeare"s philosophy on what life is and his way of portraying his ideas is through plays such as this. The whole play reflects his thoughts and ideas on all the subjects covered such as evil, death, mental disorders and the supernatural Lady Macbeth"s character develops a lot throughout the play and shows many ideas. She changes a lot through the play, at the start, she is ambitious and happy, but her ambition is almost at the extreme, she would do terrible things to get this done, but she can only do things through her husband. Because of this her husband gets very involved when he is reluctant to begin with. Lady Macbeth has to fill herself with evil in order to succeed and is prepared to do so. She becomes obsessed with the plan to kill Duncan and Banquo and become queen, so much so that she loses the close connection between herself and Macbeth. They slip further and further apart, they become meaningless to each other, and so lady Macbeth loses all goodness in her and the evil takes over, she dies and is forgotten by the only one who ever loved her. Her evil is passed over to Macbeth during the short time they have together, but Macbeth cant handle the evil and the actions as well as lady Macbeth can, and so goes mad before she does. Macbeth recovers from this madness though. Lady Macbeth doesn"t. Although he did recover from the madness and most of the evil, Macbeth lost a large part of his sole, his love for Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth could be played as a pure evil character who doesn"t have feelings, just a machine, bent on success. She could be played as a person ambitious to the extreme who blocks everything else out and does what she has to do. I think she is a person who is forced to do what she has to do by the times she lives in and the possibilities that can only happen if the goal is reached, and is very ambitious and not a angelic person, but not really evil. She misjudged the consequences of her and Macbeth"s actions, she thought that she could handle it all, and she could to begin with, but eventually, it all became too much for her.   

Discuss the dramatic development of Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a drama written about how a warrior tries to become king through murder and deceit with the help of his wife, and how the consequences of their actions are great. The play is centred around four main themes: evil, death,...

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