Date of publication: 2017-08-20 06:50
Perhaps the most famous line from the Shakespeare play Macbeth is said by Lady Macbeth, ‘Out, dammed spot!’. This line is the key to why Lady Macbeth killed herself, which doesn’t actually happen on stage. In Act V Scene V a scream is heard and it is soon reported to Macbeth by Seyton that Lady Macbeth is dead. Since there is no direct information that Lady Macbeth did kill herself it is only assumed that she commited suicide, although that is a fairly safe assumption.
mperez-mugg76 | (Level 8) Adjunct Educator
Macbeth wants Banquo dead because he worked hard to become king and wants his descendants to inherit the throne, but the witches prophesied that Banquo's sons would take the throne after Macbeth died. Banquo also suspected Macbeth of killing the king to take the throne, so Macbeth wants to get rid of him before he says anything to anyone.
Macbeth claims that Banquo is wise and courageous without being reckless. In short, Banquo conducts himself with honor, like Duncan or any good monarch would do. Macbeth fears that Banquo's "royalty of nature" will pose.
Macbeth’s lack of sympathy for Banquo demonstrates the denigration of his moral character. When Banquo’s ghost appears, Macbeth’s reaction is not guilt but anger. He is annoyed that Banquo’s ghost should taunt him by appearing from the grave when he is supposed to be out of the way.
Lady Macduff won't leave and in the end she and her children and servants are all killed. Macbeth thinks that, by the witches warning, Macduff was born by some supernatural force, however he was born by a cesarean section, so he was born by not supernatural deeds, but is the downfall of Macbeth after all.
William Delaney | (Level 8) Distinguished Educator
This frightens Macbeth so he wants to get rid of the threat. Macduff is in England helping Malcolm build an army. Malcolm is the son of Duncan, who Macbeth killed. Macbeth knows that Macduff's loyalties don't lie with him, and this makes him angry. He sends his murderers to kill Macduff's family. Macduff's wife is angry that her husband has left her and their children and tells her son that he is dead. A messenger shows up to try to warn her to take her children and leave, but she doesn't. She tells him:
However Shakespeare wrote Macbeth after James VI of Scotland became James 6st of England. Shakespeare played very loose with Scottish history as the reality was that Duncan was not a very good king and Macbeth was. However Shakespeare reversed this as James was descended from Duncan.
Macbeth claims that Banquo is wise and courageous without being reckless. In short, Banquo conducts himself with honor, like Duncan or any good monarch would do. Macbeth fears that Banquo's "royalty of nature" will pose a threat to him, and so it is one reason Macbeth has to order the murder of his former best friend.