Progression of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Nia mccoy and shaniqua williams

Lady Macbeth

"Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would," (1.7.39-44)

Macbeth is questioning the idea of killing Duncan so Lady Macbeth is questioning his abilities and attacking his manhood.


"Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more. By Sinel’s death I know I am thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman, and to be king Stands not within the prospect of belief, No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence You owe this strange intelligence, or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you." (1.3.70-79)

In Act I, the witches tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and the King. They don't say how so he is very curious about his future.

Lady Macbeth

"A little water will clear us of this deed." (2.2.66)

After killing Duncan, Macbeth is overcome with guilt and is scared that they will get caught, but Lady Macbeth assures him that all they have to do is rinse of the blood and no one will ever know.


"Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still." (2.1.33-36)

When Lady Macbeth approaches him about killing Duncan, he eventually gives in, but he is already so lost in the guilt that he starts seeing things that aren't there.

Lady Macbeth

"Naught’s had, all’s spent, Where our desire is got without content. 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy." (3.2.4-7)

Lady Macbeth is slowly starting to feel guilty, saying that it doesn't matter if she has she wants in life if she's wracked with anxiety and filled with unhappiness.


"And I will put that business in your bosoms, Whose execution takes your enemy off, Grapples you to the heart and love of us, Who wear our health but sickly in his life, Which in his death were perfect." (3.1.108-111)

Banquo is starting to get suspicious about Duncan's death. The prophecy says that Banquo's descendants will become king so Macbeth hires 3 murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance.

Lady Macbeth

"What's to be done?/ Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck."

The roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been switched. She is in the dark and no longer the grand conspirator.


"The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool. This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool." (4.1.156-162)

Macduff is also getting suspicious so with a murderous spirirt, Macbeth sends the 3 murderers to Macduff's castle to murder his wife and children.

Lady Macbeth

"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him." (5.1.34-35)

Lady Macbeth is so overcome with guilt that she's sleepwalking and hallucinating the death if Duncan.

"The queen, my lord, is dead." (5.5.16)

The guilt from killing Duncan and everything else drove her to commit suicide.


"Of all men else I have avoided thee. But get thee back. My soul is too much charged With blood of thine already."(5.8.4-6)

Macbeth owns up to his role in killing Duncan and Macduff's family.

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