How Is Lady Macbeth Responsible For Duncan's Murder

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Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a dark play full of witchcraft and foreshadowing. Lady Macbeth showed scheming qualities throughout the play which had a lot of influence on her husband, Macbeth. Because of her controlling personality, Macbeth was scared to disappoint her. She was the one who positioned the idea of Duncan’s murder into her husband’s mind where he was succumbed by her supremacies and made the ultimate mistake. It was also her idea to place the blame of Duncan’s death on the soldiers. The most prominent example, in my opinion, was that she said she could not get the blood off of her hands. In my opinion Lady Macbeth is more responsible for King Duncan’s murder, and Macbeth’s treason, than Macbeth himself. Upon hearing the prophecy of the witches,…show more content…
175 that “the smell of the blood is still there, All the perfumes of Arabia cannot sweeten this little hand.” It is clear that she is guilty, so Robinson 2 much so that she cannot sleep. She also starts to sleepwalk and sleep talk and it worries her gentlewoman and the doctor who said that this is a matter of guilt. In act 5 scene 1 page. 175 the doctor says “she needs a priest more than she needs a doctor.” She was so paranoid over the ordeal that she eventually killed herself. Even though she died before Macbeth, she still had an influence on what he did. Eventually, it leads to his death and treason. In conclusion, Lady Macbeth is more responsible for King Duncan’s murder, and Macbeth’s treason, than Macbeth himself. She placed the idea in his mind and created this path that he couldn’t return from. It was her idea to put the blame on the soldiers, and she said that she couldn’t wash the blood off of her hands no matter what she did. One is not innocent just because they did not commit the
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