In the play of Macbeth, there are some characters that could be responsible for Duncan’s death. I personally think Lady Macbeth is the cause of Duncan's murder. She is the most ambitious to kill the king in the beginning of the play, pressuring Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was persuasive of driving Macbeth to commit the murder. She manipulates him to go through with the murder even though he was very doubtful about it.
Once Macbeth completed his mission, he went back to Lady Macbeth with the bloody daggers and proudly stated, “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?” Lady Macbeth became enraged when she saw he had the daggers and told him he needed to bring them back to the crime scene. Macbeth also says how he heard someone scream, “murder!” (2:2 25-26). This is a sign of Macbeth’s dirty conscious. Although Macbeth’s conscious is in this state, it becomes overridden by his ambition for power.
Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead/Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood/that fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt.” (2.2.52-57). As a result of unrestrained ambition Lady Macbeth has gone senseless, she is blaming the murder of King Duncan on the innocent servants.
Therefore, it becomes necessary for Macbeth to get Banquo killed. Macbeth is sympathetic towards others in the beginnings. However, the lust for the throne overshadows Macbeth’s kindness and Macbeth turns into an evil king. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth is able to wash away King Duncan 's “blood clean” from her hands. However, Lady Macbeth begins to experience guilt after the murder.
By saying this, Lady Macbeth shows she is determined to kill Duncan in his sleep, and if it didn’t happen, her plans would be ruined. When she says “Th’ attempt and not the deed confounds us”, she describing how bad it would look for people to see an attempted murder, but not success. In saying this, Lady Macbeth shows she is determined to successfully kill Duncan. Macbeth has been having strange dreams recently, so he decides to talk to Lady
She is evil because she prays for spirits to give her the strength to turn emotionless. Lady Macbeth could be seen as truly evil for asking the spirits to fill her up with cruelty. However, by the end of the play, she is so consumed with guilt from her actions, that she kills herself. As Malcolm informed the crowd, “Fiendish queen, who took her own life,”(V,vii, 205). By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth felt guilty about her role in the murders.
From a young age, Queen Cersei started her evil off with the jealousy that fueled her to push her best friend into a well, ultimately killing her. Hereafter, Cersei continued to murder if necessary to the point where redemption is out of the question. Which is comparable to Macbeth in the way he plotted clandestine deaths of the people around him and killed to achieve his only desire; the throne. Queen Cersei could not escape the evil that fixated itself on her, or in other words, all the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten her little hand just like Lady Macbeth. Regardless, Lady Macbeth brought up an interesting topic if evil can really be taken away from a person.
Macbeth is encouraged by Lady Macbeth to commit the murder. Once, Duncan is murdered the only way Macbeth sees to keep the murder a secret is to keep murdering. The climax of the play is when Macbeth see Banquo's ghost. When the ghost appears it seem that things begin to change for Macbeth. The denouement of the play is when Macbeth realizes that he can't trust the witched.
Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, for better or for worse had stuck by Macbeth. That being said she shares a much of the responsibility of Macbeth’s fall from grace. She pretty much is a catalyst to Macbeth’s actions, she pushed him to do things that he wouldn’t have. She pushes Macbeth to murder King Duncan by challenging Macbeth’s manhood; she also uses disturbing images of their unborn child to push Macbeth. “And dash'd the brains out” such a disturbing image that shakes Macbeth.
He even had hallucination of the Dragger. Lady Macbeth was behind him for all those crimes. Macbeth easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned king of Scotland, he had to kill other people to keep his secret safe and to secure his throne and the moment of awful guilt when Banquo’s ghost appears and also his lady’s death seems to give away the misery. These reflect the tragic tension to Macbeth. Macbeth cannot maintain his power because his increasingly brutal actions make him hated as a