Use this graphic organizer to collect your thoughts about characterization in Macbeth. As you read each scene, record what you learn about the character. Add the line from the play that supports your idea. Lady Macbeth
It is assumed that she committed suicide. She couldn’t handle the guilt. She is sleep walking showing that she is greatly disturbed.
The queen, my lord, is dead.
Lady Macbeth has taken to sleep walking
The text shows that she is a leader, and also that she is even more evil than her husband. Being the leader of something means you have the most passion for it, and in this case it’s evil. She has complete disregard for other’s lives. She knows that the charge would be death, and is gladly willing to sentence that upon an innocent. She has no remorse for having her husband take a life.
Before she was saying to just wash off the spot and all is fine. In her sleep she can’t get out a spot; symbolizing that she is not fine. you shall put
This night's great business into my dispatch
If he do bleed,
I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal,
For it must seem their guilt.
A little water clears us of this deed:
How easy is it then
Out, damned spot! out, I say!
She thinks her husband is too weak to go through with taking a life. She feels he is too kind-hearted. yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way
She is a manipulator, and use this to convince her husband to kill the king. Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since?....
Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
Like the poor cat i' the adage? (Whole speech from top to bottom. Left out middle because it’s too long)
He is an easily manipulated man. His wife was able to get him to go through with killing Duncan. Macbeth is no longer kind, and will strike the good people that serve him. Macbeth gathers the courage to kill Duncan
He is horrified when he kills the king, and he’s feeling guilty. He’s not a monster, but someone that is easily manipulated to the point of murder. Macbeth becomes more confident, and almost fearless.
His courage goes away just as fast as it came.
He used to think that a life was valuable, but here he says that a life means nothing. I'll go no more:
I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not.
I have supp'd full with horrors;
Direness, familiar to my slaught'rous thoughts,
Cannot once start me.
Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
For it hath cow'd my better part of man!
a tale/Told by an idiot,/full of sound and fury,/signifying nothing Thoughts
He believes in some form of religion (probably Christian or Catholic). He also believes that what goes around comes around.
He is having second thoughts about killing the king. He doesn’t feel he should go through with it. We'd jump the life to come
this even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice
To our own lips.
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself.
He has taken the position as the king, and he is respected. The queen, my lord, is dead.