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How far do you agree that Lady Macbeth is responsible for the downfall and for that of Macbeth?

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Stephan Seiler English: Response to Shakespeare Set 3, Mrs. Short Macbeth -William Shakespeare Word count: 1,081 How far do you agree that Lady Macbeth is responsible for the downfall and for that of Macbeth? I agree very strongly with this statement. This is because Lady Macbeth is very ambitious. Even more so than Macbeth, she also has no regard for morality. When we first meet Lady Macbeth, we can see that she has a good relationship with her husband, "This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness" But when she hears about the 'weird sisters'' tellings, "All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter." She becomes very determined to do something about it so that Macbeth can become king and she can become queen. But she feels Macbeth is, "Too full o' the milk of human kindness." So, in order to urge her husband on to become king, she calls for evil spirits to help her, "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts!" ...read more.


Lady Macbeth is very forceful and she explains how far she would go to get what she wants. She makes the point that she knew the joy of being a mother, and would have given that up for Macbeth to be king. She uses terrible, violent imagery as a shock tactic: "I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you." It is Lady Macbeth who plans the murder, "When Duncan is asleep ... his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince ... what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan?" In a way, I believe that Lady Macbeth wanted her husband to prove to her that he was a man. This is another serious part of Lady Macbeth's responsibility for both of their downfalls. ...read more.


When Macbeth kills Duncan, immediately after, he feels deep sorrow. But later on in the play, he does not care about it. Whereas with Lady Macbeth, immediately after the murder, she feels no remorse. But near the end of the play, in Act 4 - scene 5, Macbeth is told by Seyton that Lady Macbeth has committed suicide, "The queen, my lord, is dead" This proves that the murder actually drove her to her own death. But Macbeth's reaction is not very shocked because he saw it coming, "She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word." In conclusion, I do feel that Lady Macbeth is deeply responsible for her own and her husband's downfall. This is because, whenever Macbeth is tempted to do any evil, Lady Macbeth drives him to go on and do it. Also, she is practical - she plans the details of the murder - and she has the future worked out. She is pre - eminently cunning. ...read more.

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