1. Characterize the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. If the main theme of Macbeth is ambition, whose ambition is the driving force of the play Macbeths, Lady Macbeths, or both?
2. Discuss the role that blood plays in Macbeth, particularly immediately following Duncans murder and late in the play. What does it symbolize for Macbeth and his wife?
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1. After the encounter with the 3 switches, Macbeth begins to harbour ambitions of becoming king. Macbeth writes to his wife about the Witches prophecies. Lady Macbeth
immediately hatches a plan to murder King Duncan of Scotland and secure the throne for her husband.
Although Macbeth raises concerns about the regicide, Lady Macbeth
eventually persuades him, by challenging his manhood, to follow her
plan. This ambition becomes the driving force for both Macbeths and Lady Macbeths.
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.
2. Blood symbolized as early in paly as a warning or warning against Macbeths future. Later in the play, it also symbolized the Guilt (sins) of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth becomes wracked with guilt from the crimes she and her
husband have committed. In a famous scene, she sleepwalks and tries to
wash imaginary bloodstains from her hands, all the while speaking of
the terrible things she knows.