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I believe that Lady Macbeth was the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan

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I believe that Lady Macbeth was the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan I believe Lady Macbeth plays a vital role in the murder of Duncan as she plans the crime and bullies her husband into perpetrating the crime. However Macbeth's own ambitions triggered by the witches also play a vital role. Even before Lady Macbeth gets involved Macbeth shows hidden ambitions. We can see this as when the witches tell him he will be the Thane of Cawdor and wants the witches to tell him more about his future as king "Stay you imperfect speaker." He has high ambitions. Also we (the audience) get to hear about Macbeth's ambitions when Macbeth is informed that he has been given the Thane of Cawdor he thinks back to the witches' predictions. "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me." When Lady Macbeth reads her husband's letter she is worried that Macbeth is to kind to take action on the prophecies. "It is too full o' m' milk of human kindness" Even before Macbeth returns from battle Lady Macbeth begins to plot the murder, Lady Macbeth asks the evil spirits to take away her female sexuality and fill her with evil and no guilt "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here, and fill me up from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature." ...read more.

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Later that night Macbeth has trouble more trouble sleeping showing a real sense of regret and guilt for the crime he had just committed. "Methought I heard a voice cry "sleep no more!" Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to go and plant the daggers and to smear blood on the sleeping grooms. "Go, carry them, and smear the sleepy grooms with blood." She tells him to do this as it will frame the grooms and make it look like the grooms committed the murder. Macbeth is afraid to go back to Duncan's chamber and look upon what he has done "I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again I dare not." Lady Macbeth says that she will take the daggers and plant them on the grooms. "Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures; 'tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I'll glid the faces of the grooms withal; for it must seem their guilt." Macbeth is very jumpy and any noise he hears startles him. For example when someone knocks on the gate he hears the noise and panics. "Whence is that knocking? How is't with me, when every noise appals me?" Lady Macbeth also gets worried when she hears the knocking as herself and Macbeth are both stood with blooded hands. They both run the risk of being caught if they are not clean and in bed by the time the people at the gate get inside. ...read more.

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"'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak; the repetition in a woman's ear would murder as it fell." Banquo then arrives and Macduff tells him that Duncan has been murdered. "O Banquo! Banquo! Our royal master's murder'd!" Lady Macbeth hears this and pretends to be shocked to appear innocent. "Woe, alas! What! in our house?" This was the wrong thing to say as the murder would have been a bad thing any where not just in their house Banquo realises this and comments on it. "Too cruel anywhere." When Malcolm asks who murdered his father Lenox tells him it was the grooms as they were smeared with blood and had the daggers. "Those of chamber, as it seem'd had done't: their hands and faces were all badg'd with blood; so were their daggers, which unwip'd we found upon their pillows: they star'd, and were distracted; no mans life was to be trusted with them." Macbeth killed the grooms to make it look like he was shocked and killed them in a fit of rage when he saw they were both smeared with blood and so were there daggers. "O yet I do repent me of my fury, that I did kill them." After having looked at everything that led up to the murder I believe that lady Macbeth was in fact the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan. Although Macbeth had his own ambitions, I don't believe he had the malice to kill Duncan without Lady Macbeth's persuasion and bullying. Daniel White 1 11GD 27/04/07 ...read more.

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