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Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan. Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree.

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Macbeth Assignment "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan". Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree. From the beginning of this play we can sufficiently judge the character of Lady Macbeth. As evident in her early soliloquies 1 we can see that she is of a somewhat manipulative nature as she was already plotting to kill Duncan prior to Macbeth's return home. In my opinion she is a very conniving individual. She plans ahead and understands that Macbeth will kill Duncan. She is a bit too certain of it I think. It almost seems as if she had it planned for some time. Maybe not that the witches would talk to Macbeth but that Macbeth would heed her constant badgering2. ...read more.

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We find out much later in the play that she does go insane and eventually kills herself. She even states how she plans get the servants drunk so they can plant the bloody dagger on them and frame the unsuspecting servants for the evil deed. At this point Macbeth sways to her plan. He refers to her as "the mother of boys" meaning that she seems too scheming and driven to be feminine. I do however think that although Lady Macbeth may have acted as a co-conspirator, Macbeth was still the murderer. I also believe that he had the ambition and desire to succeed already. When he writes to his wife he mentions that "he burned in desire to question them further" (the witches). In my opinion this can be perceived in two ways. ...read more.

Conclusion

He eventually kills his best friend Banquo and MacDuff's wife and child. These murders seem to be of no consequence to him at all. We even see Macbeth that demonstrates mental instability when he starts to "see" Banquo sitting at the banquet after he is dead. In short, both Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, share responsibility for the bloodbath that follows. Both display disturbing signs of ruthlessness and are equally capable of doing anything to fulfil their ambitions. Their obvious love for each other cemented and re-affirmed each other's ambition and desire. 1 Act 1 Scene 5 2 Act 1 Scene 7 3 "And live like a coward in thine own esteem," 4 "...I have given suck and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me - I would wile it was smiling in my face Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you Have done to this". ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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