Lady Macbeth's Murder

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Macbeth’s Murder In today’s society, people are pressured by several forces to conform and carry out actions that are considered to be socially acceptable. Although it still happens today, coercion was an act from a long time ago that lets a person execute one’s bidding under duress. While some used the technique of blackmail, others utilized the weakness of a person’s judgement to impel them into acting in ways they should not be. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, undergoes several instances where outside forces sway his judgement and virtues. It is evident that these factors play a heavy role in Macbeth’s life for these urge him to commit the unthinkable crime, which is to assassinate the king. This then leads to the…show more content…
Before he makes his way home, Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth stating the happenings with the witches and the message of the king for him; after the witches tell Macbeth of his fate, they vanish into thin air and the messenger of the king comes with the news, confirming the prophecy concerning being the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is aware that the path to power is through bloodshed, which she approves and encourages Macbeth to accomplish while they receive King Duncan as a guest in their house. In a scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk on how they should approach the situation, Macbeth says that he cannot follow through with this scheme for it is against the law of honor to murder a king who has done a country nothing but good and is acting as an honored guest. Lady Macbeth then replies “was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely? From this time Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire” (I, vii, 35-41). Macbeth finally makes a decision but the selfishness of Lady Macbeth thwarts it away and poisons his thoughts by saying that the coward she speaks with now is also a coward in showing his love and passion for her. Macbeth shows that he has a will that can kill number of people who he knows not but also…show more content…
First is the prophecy that the three witches proclaim to him and Banquo in the forest. This occasion is what starts the entire debate of possessing power or not through violence. Next is Lady Macbeth for the reason that she is thinking of the benefits being the queen will have. Lastly, Macbeth’s own ambition of gaining power and seeking the love he does not wish to be lost from his wife compels him to accomplish the cowardly act of murdering King Duncan while he is asleep. So far, Shakespeare wanted the audience to not necessarily villainize Macbeth, but see him in a bad
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