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How do you consider lady Macbeth to be responsible for the many murders in Macbeth?

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Introduction

How do you consider lady Macbeth to be responsible for the many murders in Macbeth? In Shakespeare's Macbeth king Duncan is murdered first followed by the guards Banquo lady Macduff and her children. In order to establish the extent to which lady Macbeth is responsible I will consider her role and those of the witches, Macbeth and other characters There is evidence to suggest that lady Macbeth was well loved by her husband, as she was able to convince him that he should murder Duncan: "I am settled and bend upon each corporal agent to this terrible feat." The phrase terrible feat here shows that he has given in to his wives wishes but knows that what they are doing is wrong. Lady Macbeth takes charge when planning the murder because she knows that her husband is "Too full of the milk of human kindness." In her soliloquy in act 1, Scene 5 she recognizes that Macbeth's morals would prevent him from murdering his friend and king Duncan. ...read more.

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for slaying foes "Till he un-seamed him from the nave to the chaps" The Captain graphically explains to the king what a commendable hero Macbeth is to have fighting on Duncan's side Or maybe the killer instinct he had from the various wars he had fought had driven him to murder his respected king and friend? "God save the king" Ironically Rosse says it in act1 scene 2 as a mark of respect towards the king but Shakespeare only uses it once to symbolise the fact that it probably wasn't being said enough. The word murder in itself is a very unpretentious word but with so many meanings and ways for it to happen but why did it happen? I consider lady Macbeth to be ultimately responsible for the deaths. First we have to consider why she would want Duncan dead in the first place. She knew that if he died by Macbeth's hands that Macbeth would become king of Scotland so we can clarify that were to happen then she as his sweet caring and loyal wife would therefore become the queen of Scotland, which was what she wanted. ...read more.

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faith in her own will "Had he not resembled my father as he slept I would have done't" This displays to the audience that the tenderness and strong emotion of a woman still lay within her soul but that is not to say that woman can only be strong if she is unsexed The way in which I consider lady Macbeth to be responsible for the many murders in the play is by Channelling her will and greed through Macbeth by her despair, the strength on her sense of guilt and her utter determination to succeed. Shakespeare presents Macbeth's lack of morals and the empowerment that lady Macbeth has over him by that lady Macbeth adds "Wouldst not play false, and yet wouldst strongly win." Shows that there is weakness in him. Is her determination to get him to murder the King another circumstance of his downfall? Shakespeare has clearly used Macbeth as an important host for lady Macbeth's murderous intent. She has unleashed the tremendous killer instinct he saves for the battlefield locked away inside his noble heart by tampering with his innocent moral instability. ...read more.

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