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Lady Macbeth is responsible for the tragedy of Macbeth

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Charlotte Hodgson 10T Lady Macbeth is responsible for the tragedy of Macbeth To what extent do you agree with the statement? Examine and explain the motives for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's actions when justifying your answer? In the play we see the downfall of Macbeth from a loyal subject, to a murderer, to a King, to an insecure and lonely man, and finally as a hated King, killed by his own subject. Some of this is the fault of Macbeth and some the fault of others. The play Macbeth examines human emotions and inspects the flaws in a human character. There is no character that is solely responsible for the downfall and subsequent death of Macbeth. This essay will examine the involvement and responsibility of each character, paying particular attention to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship and her power and influence over him. The 'weird sisters' are often blamed for the death of Macbeth. In act 1 scene 1 the witches chant "Fair is foul and foul is fair" This paradox sets the tone of the play and introduces the idea of confusion that runs through the play. ...read more.


At the start of the play she has a very strong character- stronger than Macbeth's when she persuades him to murder Duncan, (although she has to make herself drunk in act 2 scene 2 because she becomes scared of discovery) and also when she takes the daggers back to the murder scene. "The sleeping and the dead are but pictures" - but by the end reduced to being afraid of the dark. At the beginning Macbeth calls her his 'dearest partner of greatness' but by the end she is his 'fiend-like queen (described by Malcolm at the end of the play). We first see an example of Macbeth's and Lady Macbath's relationship in Act 1 Scene 5, when Lady Macbeth reads a letter sent to her by Macbeth. Macbeth's letter is highly revealing and gives us an insight into the relationship and Macbeth's view of his wife. "My dearest partner of greatness" Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are equals in their marriage. The strongest factor in this relationship is the ability to support each other through everything. We see this by the way she is constantly trying to calm him down or convince him that they will not be discovered. ...read more.


But she only has to persuade him once as all the other times he does so without a second thought until after. This conveys to us that Macbeth does have some evil in his character but he also is overcome by guilt when he reflects on what he has done. Macbeth's major decline comes when he stops confiding in Lady Maceth, all the strength that was held in their relationship disappeared. We can see from this that neither Macbeth or Lady Macbeth have particularly strong characters on their own but when put together the weaknesses in one character is cancelled out by a particular area of strength in the others. Throughout the play we see the gradual loss of Macbeth's integrity and sense of right and wrong he had in the beginning. In conclusion, Macbeth's downfall is really his own fault because he makes a deliberate choice to take the road to evil. Lady Macbeth cannot be blamed for simply attempting to allow her husband to reach his potential. If anything, he is responsible for her death. Although Macbeth tries to overcome and halt fate all the predictions come to pass and fate, the most powerful character in the play, runs it's course. ...read more.

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