Lady Macbeth Is Not A Murderer, However, An Accessory To

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Lady Macbeth is not a murderer, however, an accessory to murder. Macbeth, a famous shakespearean play, was written by William Shakespeare. The main characters include Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, King Duncan, Banquo, The Witches, Macduff, Malcolm, Donalbain, and Fleance. Macbeth, a courageous Scottish general, hears from three witches that he is to be next in line to take the throne in Scotland. Macbeth kills King Duncan, at the persuasion of his wife Lady Macbeth. Due to the fact that she made all preparations for the assassination, and lead her husband to be filled with guilt, shame, and paranoia, Lady Macbeth may be the one to blame for the murder. Lady Macbeth may be more responsible for the assassination of King Duncan then Macbeth, because …show more content…

She forced Macbeth to kill King Duncan against his own will, which resulted in a large amount of guilt and paranoia being placed on his back. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were so intertwined in their thoughts and actions that they knew what the other was thinking before anyone acted on it. Lady Macbeth knew that the best way to get under Macbeth’s skin was to question his manliness and courage. “What beast was’t, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more than man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both: They have made themselves, and that their fitness now, Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know. How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from boneless gums, And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you, Have done to this” (1.7.55-65). Macbeth was having second thoughts about killing King Duncan, however Lady Macbeth will not allow for Macbeth to pass up this opportunity. Because of the fact that Lady Macbeth knows exactly how to get under Macbeth’s skin, she was easily able to manipulate him into continuing this deed to murder King Duncan. Although Lady Macbeth did not physically do the action of murdering King Duncan, she mentally did the action of messing with Macbeth’s head, persuading him to physically murder King Duncan, frame the chamberlains, and take the throne of Scotland.

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