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Macbeths Innocence

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: Welcome to the Kings Court. Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury I am here to defend Lady Macbeths honour against allegations that SHE caused the murder of King Duncan. These allegations arise on arguments that her INTENSE LOVE for her husband and her subsequent ENCOURAGEMENT were what caused Macbeth to commit the murder. But I have significant evidence that Macbeths own evil mind, his own inordinate ambition and hunger for influence would have PUSHED him to commit the crime even without Lady Macbeths contribution. I hereby find that Macbeths total incapability of remorse with his wifes intense guilt and remorse in turn makes Macbeth the true villain in teh murder, not that of Lady Macbeth. Lets start with the origin of the plot to kill King Duncan - Macbeths OWN EVIL MIND. The equivocal nature of the prophecies UNDERLINES clearly his IMMORAL and AMBITIOUS mind and ESSENTILLY his TITLE AS THE REAL VILLAIN. The salutation by the weird sisters of "All Hail Macbeth! That he shall be king hereafter!" HINTS NOTHING of HOW he is to OBTAIN the crown, RATHER Macbeth hears what he wants to hear, and infers with his malevolent mind that he is to murder Duncan in order to become King. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth also effortlessly smears the King's men with blood, which, is unnatural for a woman who would normally faint at the sight of blood. Lady Macbeth is without emotion, mainly fear and remorse, for much of the play, which is also unnatural. All of these facts point to her initial invocation of the spirits who seem to help her stay masculine and without remorse for so long. For the typical stereotype, the already approved function of the placid wife would be that of Lady Macduff. Does one contrast Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff and as a result find is it Lady Macbeths integrity, There could be an unjust One of her most masculine attitudes is her willingness to take things into her own hands as shown when she tells Macbeth "put/ This night's great business into my dispatch. This establishes her as being in control, emphasising the absence of her need for her husband. We must think about this carefully, when trying to decide who is most evil. Does this integrity - an attribute only thought to be employed by that of the opposite sex, and desire to be more than the already approved function of 'the husbands sidekick' encourage the audience to see her as unnatural, abnormal and essentially evil. ...read more.


His lust of power was so eager and inordinate, surpassing every other opposing feeling of honour or principle. * In regards to seeing Lady Macbeth as the real villain, would we be thinking the same if the character was a male - Banquo for example. Lady Macduff was the archetype or typical representation of the perfect female at that time, whilst Lady Macbeth was the opposite. Lady Macbeth lived in a world where for a woman to desire more than the approved function of a serene household wife -( ie lady macduff ) made a woman unnatural and ultimately evil. Was it this vilification of women that Shakespeare seemed to employ, the contrast of the placid Lady Macduff and the powerful Lady Macbeth that makes the latter out to be evil?. This fear of female power that makes her out to be the villain behind the murder. What if Lady Macbeths character was a male, would we still think the same. Just She is powerful and full of integrity - probably more so then Macbeth, of a nature that women of that time were not expected to be of, engaging attributes only thought to be employed by that of the opposite sex. ...read more.

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