I have to write a dramatic monologue on a character in Macbeth discussing a major event in the play; is Lady Macbeth "going mental" considered important? We have to include the main ideas in the...
I have to write a dramatic monologue on a character in Macbeth discussing a major event in the play; is Lady Macbeth "going mental" considered important?
We have to include the main ideas in the play, the emotions the character is experiencing and the attitudes to the other characters in the play. I want to be lady macbeth talking about how she thinks she is going mental and her thoughts on the murder of Duncan. Can i have some ideas on her attitudes to the other characters in the play?
I probably wouldn't use the words "going mental" to describe Lady Macbeth's deterioration during the play: "increasing disassociation from reality" or "increasing manifestations of guilt" would be more precise terminology. That being said, ambition seems to blind Lady Macbeth to the humanity of the people around her. We know that despite all her bravado, she represses her guilt over the murder of Duncan—a good king who had been generous toward her husband.
The character she has the most involvement and is most identified with is Macbeth. Early on, they are partners in crime, and she perceives it as her role to buttress and steel his resolve to kill Duncan so that they can both advance their ambitions. Even as their relationship grows more distant and Macbeth embarks on an ever more bloody path of murder, Lady Macbeth stays loyal to him. She identifies so strongly with him that she seems to feel guilty for crimes he commits on his own. He says nothing to her of his deciding to pay a second visit to the Weird Sisters, but while he is pulling away from her, Lady Macbeth wants to protect him from worry about Banquo's death, reassuring him that Banquo is buried and can't come out of the grave.
With this information in hand about the relationship, you could write a dramatic monologue in which Lady Macbeth addresses her husband in her thoughts and asks why he is pulling away from her. You could perhaps have her reveal that she knows he has gone again to the Weird Sisters. She could also ask why he no longer relies on her advice or ask how she is supposed to survive without his support. You might have her ponder suicide and discuss why she might take her own life—could it be from loneliness and the weight of guilt?
Dramatic monologues are devices to convey a character’s innermost unspoken, unshared thoughts with the audience. As such, it is the perfect device for revealing Lady Macbeth’s thoughts about the succession, Banquo and his family, and especially about her attitude toward the children of the contenders, Fleance, Young Siward, Donalbain: because her own offspring are not present in the play (although she has “given suck” Act I Scene vii), “T’is the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil” could be a centralizing motif for a monologue in which her madness takes the form of children frightened by evil forces around them; What would she say, in her mad internal scenario, to the children who were being affected by the political murder around her? If we take the view that Lady Macbeth, despite her ambition, has a moral conscience, it would be manifested in her motherly instincts and her regret that offspring were being adversely affected by the murders of their parents.