Why Is Lady Macbeth More Responsible For The Murder Of King Duncan

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WHO IS MORE GUILTY?

In my essay we are going to talk about why I think Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the murder of King Duncan. I think the reason she is guilty is because she put her nightwear, she pushed her husband Macbeth to kill him, and because Duncan was more in charge than she was over all of the people. Lady Macbeth puts on her nightwear to indicate that she had been sleeping. Whenever they would find the body, she would act all surprised saying that she had been in bed at the time of the murder. She wanted to wash all the sins away before anyone else found them so that they would look innocent. “ Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us And show us to be watchers. Be not lost So poorly in your thoughts ” (Act II Scene
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She did this because she didn't want to be seen in the act of doing so. She told her husband if he didn't do it, he wasn't a man in her eyes. So he had to do it to prove her wrong. “He’s here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself ” (Act I Scene VII).
This meaning that Macbeth would not do it unless he had to prove that he was a bare wit of a man. Macbeth then says that Lady Macbeth is only supposed to take care of the house and bring forth children not to tell him what to
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She was a woman and in this time period she could not do as much as she wanted to. She was the homemaker and took care of the children. She could not take it anymore so she told her husband to kill Duncan so that she could be queen and in charge. “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well It were done quickly. If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch With his surcease success: that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all, here, But here upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here, that we but teach Bloody instructions which, being taught, return To plague the inventor. This even-handed justice Commends th ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips. He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this

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