Lady Macbeth is one of the most complex characters of all time. Before King Duncan is murdered, she is extremely ambitious; she craves power and is willing to sacrifice anything for it. In pursuit of her goals, she is traitorous, brutal, and audacious. For example, when she receives a letter from Macbeth declaring that it has been predicted that he will become the next King, Lady Macbeth begins to devise a plan of action to make this prediction come true. A part of her agenda is to murder King Duncan; although she is aware of the negative consequences of this action, she wholeheartedly
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“Then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself.” Macbeth notifies his wife that they will not be killing the king. “We will proceed no further in this business” he tells her.
4. Thesis Statement: Even though Lady Macbeth did not play a direct role in King Duncan’s murder, she was still responsible because of her malevolent and persistent nature towards her husband.
She wanted Macbeth to be king, which shows her ambition, and as soon as she heard that he had a chance at being a king, she planned to kill Duncan. As she did not change her mind for even a second throughout the story, this shows us that she doesn’t have any conflict with herself related to these matters. To state the fact, she is a fairly simple character; she has one goal and is determined to complete it. “The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlement,” informs us that she started to plan the murder of Duncan very early. Even better than that, “what cannot you and I perform upon / The unguarded Duncan? What not upon / His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt / Of our great quell?” tells us very clearly that Lady Macbeth was the one who plotted everything and influenced Macbeth to carry out the plans. There is no denying that Macbeth was the one with the knife when he said, “Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires,” which is just too much information relating to at least one of them, if not both, were involved in this murder
William Shakespeare`s Macbeth tells audience a play of murders and sleepless nights. Macbeth is the thane of Glamis and a mighty general of Scotland. Macbeth is predicted to be the king of Scotland. However, the King of Scotland,King Duncan, is alive and is a good king to not to be murder by his people. Macbeth kills King Duncan and he becomes king with the fear of everyone killing him. Therefore, he kills anyone that is suspect to kill him. Macbeth becomes progressively more evil as the play continues.
Shakespeare's "Macbeth" holds many hidden themes within its already exuberant plot. The first of these surrounds the murder of Duncan and the role that both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself played. However, the true guilt of the murder can fall on either character. Although Macbeth physically committed the crime, it was Lady Macbeth that pushed him to his limits of rational thought and essentially made fun of him to lower his esteem. With Macbeth's defenses down, it was an easy task for Lady Macbeth to influence Duncan's murder and make up an excuse as to why she could not do it herself. The guilt of Duncan's murder can be placed firmly on the head on Lady Macbeth.
“When Lady MacBeth receives the letter from MacBeth telling her that he wants to kill Duncan, she fears that he would not have the courage to go through with it” (Shakespeare 31). She brings out the worst in him and encourages him to kill King Duncan. She persuades him by constantly telling him negative things to get MacBeth to believe that he is doing the right thing. “Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ’t” (Shakespeare 35). Lady MacBeth is the one who tells MacBeth to be this vicious creature and makes him think that killing King Duncan is okay. Because of Lady Macbeth’s behavior, MacBeth was led to become a murderer. Macbeth should not be held accountable for his actions since Lady MacBeth is the one who convinced him to commit the crime that started his madness and turn him into a monster.
As the strong hold in the relationship, Lady Macbeth shows remarkable strength up to the point of Duncan's murder. She is the comforter of Macbeth immediately after he commits the crime. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth later lose the ability to sleep because if they do, they have terrifying dreams but she still shows more strength during the day than her husband. To help keep Macbeth from feeling guilty and to help keep him calm in the night, she once again questions his manhood. That is until she cracks and her conscience becomes too much for her to handle. She was the one who had more
Assuming the role of stronger partner, she manipulates Macbeth with effectiveness by ignoring his objections about the murder. Refusing to understand his doubts and hesitations about the situation, she scorns his manhood by calling him a, “coward,” (1.7.43) and questions his virility, “What beast was’t, then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man,” (1.7.48-49) until Macbeth feels that he must commit the murder to prove himself.
She convinces Macbeth on the night of Duncan’s arrival to their castle that murdering him is the only thing to do to make sure he does get the crown. She tells him to look innocent and follow her lead. ‘Only look up clear; To alter favour ever is to fear: Leave all the rest to me.’
Lady Macbeth is more evil than her husband and is blamed more with the things she did. She is responsible more of the blame in the King Duncan's murder than her husband is.
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, blame for the atrocities committed within the play can be divided between multiple parties. The death of Duncan at the hands of a man who should be a loyal thane as unnatural. Although both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth each bear some of the blame, most of it falls on Macbeth, because he takes action. Lady Macbeth convinces him, but never forces his hand. In addition, Macbeth has the idea to kill Duncan before he talks to Lady Macbeth. Consequently, Macbeth bears more guilt than Lady Macbeth.
Less sleep and a lot of wicked thoughts and dreams. This shows lady Macbeth as being wicked, untrustable and dreadful because she was the one to fill Macbeth’s head with wrong actions and told him that it will be okay and that no one will find out. After lady Macbeth told Macbeth to kill the king and he did so, later in the play lady Macbeth started to feel the guilt and was seen walking in her sleep multiple times in which has been seen by the gentlewoman who said “Since his Majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep”(5.1.4-9) and after a doctor observed her he said ”This disease is beyond my practice. Yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep, who have died holily in their beds”(5.2.62-64). In this quote “Since his Majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep” lady Macbeth is being showed as being concerned about Macbeth and what might happen to him because of her. Additionally, the night when the doctor
Essay topic: Is Lady Macbeth more responsible than Macbeth for the murder of King Duncan? Is Lady Macbeth a more evil character than her husband and, if so, why?