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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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Millie Popovic English Coursework-Macbeth 'Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan'. Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree. Macbeth is a very exciting play containing all kinds of plots and murders. Many of the characters deceive one another in some form, and are generally very treacherous. Two of the most dangerous characters in the play are Lady Macbeth and her husband, Macbeth. Together they commit a most dreadful crime by killing the King; Duncan. It is for this reason that it is difficult to determine if Lady Macbeth is the real driving force as they each do their own part in committing the crime. Lady Macbeth prepares and directs the plan, encouraging Macbeth to go through with it. Macbeth does the actual murdering; he however was also the first person who thinks about killing Duncan. Furthermore he commits some murders on his own. Lady Macbeth does not have any involvement in these cases. And it is purely for him self that Macbeth kills Banquo and his son. So does this mean that Macbeth is totally to blame for the killing of Duncan? Or is Lady Macbeth the one that pushes him into it, putting the dagger into his hand as it were? Well in my opinion, Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan to some extent. I believe that after Macbeth's letter home, she iss very sure of the course of action they should take. ...read more.

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Macbeth thinks of murdering Duncan before Lady Macbeth suggests it, but he is much more vague and wavering about it than Lady Macbeth. In this soliloquy he shows his true feelings toward the witch's predictions as he talks of what they have said. Macbeth has not yet told Lady Macbeth at this point. "why do I yield to the suggestion, Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair" Here, Macbeth is thinking of murder, but does give any real detail. When Lady Macbeth talks of murder, she talks of daggers, but Macbeth gives no indication of a weapon. By the beginning of Act 1, scene 7, Macbeth is debating whether or not to kill Duncan. He starts his soliloquy saying that he would, but only if there were not to be any consequences, "If th'assassination Could trammel up the consequence and catch With his surceases, success" Macbeth believes that if only there were no consequences resulting from the murder, he would risk it, not worrying about the future, and would "jump the life to come", meaning that he would go to hell for it. He dose however consider the arguments against killing Duncan. He starts with vengeance saying that the killer will be killed, but moves on to kinship, as he is a relative to the king and that it would be wrong to kill him. "Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door" He also thinks of hospitality, and says that he should be protecting the king, as his host, from murderers. ...read more.

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Macbeth was very curious about what the witches knew, and how they new this. "Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence...Speak I charge you." He tries to command them, to find out more, but they ignore him, and do not answer. This shows that Macbeth likes to control things, maybe his future and by killing Duncan he was, as he thought, controlling his future. Macbeth was also a very responsible man, as he was Thane of Glamis, and fought for the king, proving that he is a strong-willed man. Therefore, I see no reason as to why he would not be able to control him self and resisted giving into his wife and own ambition. He had a choice after all. I think however, after considering all of the evidence, that Lady Macbeth was the driving force behind the murder of Duncan. She used the love that Macbeth felt for her to get Macbeth to agree to kill him, and then made sure he did not fault in their plan. She did however; feel guilty after the murder as shown here when she says, "what, will these hands ne'er be clean?" She imagines that the blood that was spilt on her hands when killing Duncan was still there, and that she can not wash it off. Lady Macbeth does feel guilty for murdering Duncan, as did Macbeth. She does not feel this till much later in the play however, and only after she dwells on what they have done feels any resentment towards there actions. I believe that Lady Macbeth was just as ambitious as Macbeth, if not more so and therefore was the driving force behind the murder. ...read more.

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