With that being said, it is clear that Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the Death of King Duncan. As stated in the last paragraph, Lady Macbeth had convinced Macbeth to kill the King, when Macbeth was clearly hesitant about the whole situation. When Macbeth tells his wife, instead of being understanding, like a normal wife, Lady Macbeth says, “ Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?” (1.7.36-37). By saying this Lady Macbeth is insulting and manipulating Macbeth into following through with his plans.
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,
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.
Aide Pompa ERWC Pd.4 Mr.Lombardi 2016 April 11 Lady Macbeth Lady MacBeth shows that female can be just as ambitious to manipulate her way into MacBeth’s head in a way to achieve power and a guilty conscience. In the opening of the play Lady MacBeth persuades MacBeth to kill King Duncan with her own self ambition. In Act 1 LAdy MacBeth reads the letter from the prophecy of the three witches. She wanted Macbeth to be crowned head so she can be queen and her conscience got the best of her. Lady MacBeth controlled MacBeth with manipulation into killing King Duncan.
After Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s letter he wrote to her about the prophecies, readers started to understand what kind of character Lady Macbeth was. Of course with her being the plotting character in the crime scene, it is obvious she is the more evil character. Never once did she question herself to not go along with the plan, unlike Macbeth. After Macbeth had committed the murder, he brought her the dagger in which he used to murder King Duncan. Her response was, “Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
Manipulation is a recurring theme in Macbeth because whenever Macbeth shows signs of weakness, Lady Macbeth undermines his manhood. Lady Macbeth’s actions portray her as strong and evil rather than nurturing and good. Lady Macbeth’s character exemplifies the complete opposite of social expectations during the Elizabethan era. By being able to manipulate her husband, Lady Macbeth is also seen as being a stronger character than Macbeth. Conclusively, Lady Macbeth’s actions portray Shakespeare’s exploration of gender roles, and his evaluation of
Ambition can be used for good or evil. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth uses her ambition for cruelty and wants to gain power. Lady Macbeth shows her cruelty by saying, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty!” (1.5.38--41). What she means by this is that if Macbeth is too scared and cowardly to kill Duncan then she wishes that she was not a woman so that she could do it herself. She persuades her husband into killing Duncan by saying, “screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” (1.7.60--61).
She persuades Macbeth into murdering Duncan. Macbeth was reluctant to commit the murder. During Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s conversation he mentioned, “If we should fail?” (1:7 59) and Lady Macbeth replied with a long statement explaining that they will not fail. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth then configured their plan: Lady Macbeth was to make the guards drunk and ring the bell once it is safe for Macbeth to go kill King Duncan. Once Macbeth completed his mission, he went back to Lady Macbeth with the bloody daggers and proudly stated, “I have done the deed.
A messenger visits the Macduffs and warns them saying, “I doubt some danger does approach you nearly” (4.2.73). Even though Lady Macduff and her son do not pose as a threat to Macbeth, Macbeth has them killed. Lady Macbeth, while sleepwalking, announces to her doctor and maid, “Will these hands ne’er be clean?” (5.1.45). Lady Macbeth is finally starting to realize that her husband has took his obsession with power too far. She expresses her guilt and remorse without even realizing it, showing that she truly regrets her actions.
The witches ‘ignite’ his ambition, which is what eventually turns into greed. The three weird sisters decide to meet Macbeth right after the battle so the idea of violence is fresh in his mind. The witches and their seductive prophecies tap into Macbeths ambition making him crave the throne. After Macbeth becomes the thane of Cawdor; one of the prophecies, he realizes that the possibility of him becoming the king grows greater. Macbeth contemplates killing the king; “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?” (1.3.134-137) It is evident that Macbeth’s ambition is getting the best of him because he is already considering committing regicide to get what he wants.