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Who was mainly to blame for the murder of Duncan?

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Who was mainly to blame for the murder of Duncan? The story of Macbeth looks deeply into the springs of action in the human soul. In Shakespeare's tragedies the plot relies on the conflict between the main character and another character engaged in an intrigue against him. In Macbeth there is a conflict between the hero and his conscience as he struggles with his ambition, that is, partly to due to Lady Macbeth. The tragedy is a penetrating, concentrated, and harrowing study of ambition. In Macbeth, Shakespeare depicts the tragedy of a great and basically good man who, led on by others and because of defeat in his own nature, succumbs to murderous ambition. In getting and retaining the Scottish Throne, Macbeth dulls his humanity to the point where he becomes capable of any amoral act. Macbeth and Banquo are co-leaders of the Scottish army, and are returning from battle when they meet three witches. ...read more.


So even though Lady Macbeth doesn't have a lot to say we know that what she does say is important due to this use of language. I get the impression that Lady Macbeth is a very morbid and bitter person. I get this impression by the way Shakespeare uses language as a method of characterisation. Lady Macbeth in her speeches has constant references to death or creatures related to the dark side such as ravens, and by the way she speaks of herself being "unsexed" in order for her to be able to carry out the immoral acts. In an Elizabethan theatre the audience are persuaded by Shakespeare's use of language, that Lady Macbeth is clearly to blame for the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is also a very clever and in-sensitive woman as even when she knows of the terrible fate she has planned for Duncan she is still warm and welcoming towards him and doesn't "flinch" at all, showing her in-sensitive side. ...read more.


At this stage Lady Macbeth is anxious to find out what her husband has done, to know if her plans have worked. Macbeth is not able to smear the guards with blood as he is so "shaken up" by what he has just done. This leaves Lady Macbeth having to do it, now she has actually participated physically in the murder. During one of Lady Macbeth's speeches she actually says that she was involved in the murder of Duncan, she says 'A little water clears us of this deed,' this tells the reader clearly that she was involved in the murder and that she holds herself partly responsible. Macbeth is aware of what the witches' said to Banquo, so hires two murderers and has him killed but Fleance, Banquo's son escapes. As Macbeth returns to the banquet he is faced with the ghost of Banquo. Macbeth is distraught. Lady Macbeth is worried in case Macbeth in his state tells the Lords about their involvement in the murder of Duncan and so she excuses Macbeth and asks if the Lords can leave, this shows that. ...read more.

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