lady driving

littyr  asked:

what do you think drives lady macbeth's cruelty and do you sympathise with her at all?

This post and this post might be of interest. But I think ‘cruelty’ is the wrong word. Cruelty implies violence for the sake of violence and enjoyment of violence. (See here.) Lady M doesn’t revel in the violence. She doesn’t delight in it the way some of the characters in, say, Titus Andronicus do, or even Margaret in Henry VI does after the murder of Rutland/during the murder of York. For Lady M violence is always a means to an end. “Infirm of purpose” is what she calls her husband when he starts to get faint-hearted. He’s too full of the milk of human kindness “to catch the nearest way.” For her, it’s all about the outcome. The ends justify the means. Like I said in one of those posts, I think her driving force is ambition. She wants more than what she has. 

Interestingly, she never expresses any personal desire to be queen. She does, however, use the singular possessive pronoun ‘my’ when she says “The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlements.” She claims the crime as her own, and even though the idea of murder occurs to her and her husband independently, she is the criminal mastermind. She says,you shall put / This night’s great business into my dispatch; / Which shall to all our nights and days to come / Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.” And at the end of the scene: “Leave all the rest to me.” This regicide is her baby–and I use that word very deliberately. There are a million possible explanations for why Lady Macbeth is so desperate to seize this power for her husband. My guess is it has something to do with that baby she mentions in 1.7 which doesn’t appear in the play. A woman’s function at this point in history was basically to be a baby-making machine and ensure the survival of her husband’s line. She hasn’t been able to do that (for whatever reason) and her husband, at least, is already middle-aged, so that procreation window is rapidly closing, if it’s not closed already. By early modern standards, that’s a huge dynastic failure. My guess is that her power-grabbing is about agency and compensation. Maybe she can’t continue Macbeth’s line, but she can make him king. And she does

But here’s the other part of it which I think is really important and often gets overlooked, and it goes back to the fact that Lady M never expresses a personal desire to be queen. She wants her husband to be king, and she thinks he is fully deserving of that office. “Thou wouldst be great;” she says, “Art not without ambition, but without / The illness should attend it.” AND THIS IS SO KEY. Because Lady M is nothing if not full of ambition. What she’s saying here is “You don’t have enough darkness in your soul to do this, so I’m going to do it for you.” Now. Is that somewhat fucked up? Absolutely. However, that is an enormous sacrifice to make. I’m not going to get into this in depth, but there’s a lot of natural law theory floating around in this play. What’s important to know is this: In the protestant ethos of this play, if you commit regicide, you are 100% going to be damned for eternity. There’s no doubt about that. So, in an insane backwards way, this is actually an incredibly loving, selfless thing to do on Lady M’s part. She is willing to sacrifice her own salvation to make her husband king. Let that sink in. That is so much more hardcore than just saying, “I’d take a bullet for you, babe.” She is willing to burn for all time to put him on the throne, and not only is she willing, but it’s her idea, not just something she does with her back against the wall. That is a crazy kind of love. And that’s one of my favorite things about this play. This is not a unanimous opinion by any means, but I firmly believe that even though the Macbeths are terrible tyrannical people, they are desperately, devotedly in love with one another. Their language is incredibly intimate. In his first letter Macbeth addresses his wife as “My dearest partner of greatness,” and throughout the play they are constantly struggling to help and heal one another. Theirs is a relationship built on love and equality, whatever else they do (and however their relationship is also sometimes toxic and fractures through the play). Look at Macbeth’s conversation with the doctor in 5.3 when his wife’s health begins to fail: “ If thou couldst, doctor, cast / The water of my land, find her disease, / And purge it to a sound and pristine health, / I would applaud thee to the very echo, / That should applaud again.” That. Is. Love.

So. Why does Lady Macbeth do the terrible things she does? There’s no certain answer. Ambition has a lot to do with it. But I think that ambition is rooted in guilt about what she hasn’t been able to provide her husband with, and a passionate yearning to make up for that, somehow. Leo’s character says in Inception that positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time, and I think that’s true here. Lady M doesn’t orchestrate Duncan’s murder because she’s inherently cruel. She does it for love.

“Deciding whether Lady Smallwood’s first name should be Elizabeth or Alicia is hard, but not as hard as my cock.”


Video: Lady Gaga seen driving a Mercedes in The Sunset Strip In West Hollywood on March 13th.

I once had a lady in the drive through, she had a coffee with cream on the side (so, the cream was in a bag on the side with her coffee). She comes up, I ask if her order is correct, I hand it out. She asks me if there is cream in the bag, I bagged it myself, so I say yes, she takes it and drives off. As my next costumer comes up, I start to ask her about her food when I hear her horn. I turn (naturally learning to ask what I’ve done wrong and apologize in EVERY situation with angry customers) when I see she isn’t looking at me, but a car in front of her. Then, the lady who was before her SQUEEZES past her car to the drive through window and says “there wasn’t enough cream.” I was so shocked I didn’t even know what to do. She had tried to back up into the next costumers car, then instead of coming inside, she squeezed between a strangers car to get to the window??? I quickly called over my manager, who told her “ma'am, we cannot serve you here, you have to come inside.” This lady DEMANDS to get serviced, so my boss simply hands her a handful of creamers to get her to leave. The customer who was at my window was at a loss for words, and said she’d never seen someone be so stupid and rude to anyone before (and even though she was trying to embarrass US, she was seen by everyone else in line, we got jokes for the next 15 minutes about the crazy old lady who thought the window was front counter.)

julian x emma playlist

(spotify link coming soon!)

Drive - Halsey
almost self explanatory. julian and emma spend so much time in the car throughout the book. emma in the passenger seat with her feet on the dashboard. julian in the drivers seat, angsty and brooding.

“all we do is drive
all we do is think about the feelings that we hide
all we do is sit in silence waiting for a sign
sick and full of pride
all we do is drive

and california never felt like home to me
and california never felt like home
and california never felt like home to me
until i had you on the open road”

“it’s so simple but we can’t stay
overanalyze again
would it really kill you if we kissed?“

Burn With You - Lea Michele
a perfect description of blackstairs affection and devotion to each other. sometimes to a fault.

“we are broken, we can’t fix it
there’s no cure for our condition”

“even angels have their demons
trapped inside this twisted circle
it ain’t right but it’s eternal”

“but I don’t wanna go to heaven
if you’re going to hell
i will burn with you”

“i don’t wanna dream without you
i don’t wanna bleed without you
i’ll do anything you want me to
cause i know you’ll burn with me too”

Youth - Troye Sivan
Julian and Emma grew up together. This song captures the childhood adventure mixing with their more adult worries perfectly. 

“what if, what if we run away
what if, what if we left today
what if, we said goodbye to safe and sound
what if, what if we’re hard to find
what if, what if we lost our minds
what if we let them fall behind
and they’re never found”

“my youth, my youth is yours
trippin’ on skies, sippin’ waterfalls
my youth, my youth is yours
run away now and forevermore
my youth, my youth is yours
the truth so loud you can’t ignore”

“what if, what if we start to drive
what if, what if we close our eyes
what if we’re speeding through red lights into paradise
cause we’ve no time for getting old
mortal bodies, timeless souls
cross your fingers, here we go”

Trouble I’m In - Twinbed
Instantly picture their scene on the beach. *feels*

“i wanna feel your touch
it’s burning me like an ember
pretending is not enough
i wanna feel us together
so I’m giving in
so I’m giving in
to the trouble I’m in”

“you are, you are my favorite medicine
you are, you are, you’re where the edge began
you are, you are, just one last time again
you are, you are
you are the trouble i’m in”

anonymous asked:

Lady pulls into drive through. "Hi welcome to ___!" Minute goes by, no answer. "Let me know when you're ready!" Another minute goes by, no answer. "If you have any questions let me know!" A minute goes by, still no answer. Customer then starts honking her horn and screaming into the speaker because I haven't taken her order yet.