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The biggest question was Who was the ultimate villain; Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?

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Macbeth Essay: By: Elisa Mangal The play ?Macbeth? was a different type of tragedy compared to Romeo & Juliet and 12th Night. The death of King Duncan was definitely no surprise to some characters in the play, because it was in fact planned. The biggest question was? Who was the ultimate villain; Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? After reading the entire play, it seems that Lady Macbeth was in face, the ultimate villain. Lady Macbeth had pushed her husband Macbeth to murder King Duncan, against his own will. After the murder took place, Lady Macbeth started to act very guilty, which practically made her go insane. Lastly, when Lady Macbeth passed away in Act 5, it seemed like Macbeth felt no remorse towards it. It was most-likely because he himself felt that everything was in fact, her fault. As soon as the play began, the plot to murder King Duncan started to form. ...read more.


When Macbeth brought the news of Duncan?s death to Lady Macbeth, the readers can quickly see that she was very paranoid. After Lady Macbeth hurried away to wash the daggers that Macbeth used to kill King Duncan, they both began to ?see things?. It was evident that they were both paranoid that someone would find out that it was Macbeth who killed Duncan. After this incident, Lady Macbeth?s character changed juristically. In Act 5 Scene 1, Lady Macbeth starts to hallucinate even more than before. After the Macbeths had moved into Dunsinane?s Castle, more people began to worry about Lady Macbeth. Her actions were making her look very guilty, and this brought up many questions into peoples? minds. Obviously Macbeth started to hallucinate too, but he had a legitimate reason as to why. He was the one who actually did the deed, why would Lady Macbeth act so guilty if it was not her idea in the first place? ...read more.


Macbeth knew that Lady Macbeth?s conscience was very guilt, and he probably suspected that that was part of her death too. Macbeth, Along with the others, got over her death very quickly. That usually does not happen when people know that the person who passed away is innocent. When it comes down to it, Macbeth himself knew that that Duncan?s death was mostly her fault. Duncan?s death was definitely not a ?one-mans? doing. Macbeth himself had made up his mind to not go through with the murder, but Lady Macbeth started to judge his character, which gave him no choice. She began to get paranoid and started hallucinating, and lastly, her death was not exactly a surprise, nor something to mourn about. Lady Macbeth knew Macbeth?s weaknesses, and she definitely took advantage of that. Even though it would be beneficial for Macbeth to become an option to become king, she knew that it would also be beneficial to her. Lady Macbeth is the ultimate villain, and no one else. ...read more.

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