In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Lady Macbeth is responsible for the death of King Duncan. Although other characters did contribute to the downfall of the king, such as the three witches and Macbeth himself, Lady Macbeth’s role in his murder is the most prominent and influential. Upon first reading her husband’s letter, Lady Macbeth instantly believes that the way to achieve the crown is to kill King Duncan. The three witches in the play, who play an important role in the King’s downfall, are not as responsible as Lady Macbeth, as they never claim outright that any foul play must occur in order for their prophecies to come true. Furthermore, Macbeth himself, although clearly playing a pivotal role in the fatal act, is not entirely convinced that he should murder in order to become king and is therefore not nearly as responsible as his wife.
What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that: you mar all with this starting.” This quote by Lady Macbeth in the play refers to her guilt she hides. She says this while sleepwalking and she is saying that the thane of Fife, MacDuff’s, which was one of King Duncan’s nobleman and a thought to be threat to MacBeth, wife is dead. MacBeth had sent someone to kill MacDuff’s family so there would be less of a threat towards him.
Lady Macbeth on the other hand ignores nothing and ask evil spirits to come into her to achieve her goals. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are two very different minds, striving for the same goals, they both throw of their consciences to fulfill their evil motives. In Act one, Scene 3 the story line is laid down. The witches speak the prophesies to Macbeth in this Scene. After two of the prophecies come true Macbeth thinks the third prophecy must also come true and that the king will be murdered.
Along with this, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship change after the many murders they have performed. Finally, after all the deaths that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth performed, she finally can’t sleep knowing what she finished. From the beginning, Lady Macbeth wants to be the queen and if that happens macbeth would be king. In order to do that the king, Duncan, would have to die. This is where Lady Macbeth’s idea of killing Duncan comes in.
Lady Macbeth showed that she was supportive to Macbeth by encouraging him to kill Duncan in order to clear all obstacles that would get in the way of the third witches prophecy “All hail, Macbeth, that s... ... middle of paper ... ...lood off her hands after recalling the murder of Duncan. “What, will these hands never be clean” (Shakespeare 5.1.37)? In fact, Lady Macbeth’s madness shows that Macbeth didn’t know her as well as he thought. She completely fell apart. Their relationship faces serious obstacles and strains are put on their loyalties to one another.
Although Macbeth murdered Duncan, it was not planned and thought out. When Macbeth heard the prediction given to him by the three witches, he wrote a letter to his wife (Lady Macbeth). On reading this letter, Lady Macbeth believed that if Macbeth murdered Duncan he would take his place at the Throne. Lady Macbeth did not know that Duncan thought of her husband as a hero and really wanted him to be Thane of Cawdor, as the original traitor would be killed. When Macbeth returned home, Lady Macbeth told him that he must kill Duncan and persuaded him by calling him a coward.
She could not kill Duncan herself, so she told him to slay Duncan. Even though, Lady Macbeth did not kill Duncan, she knew it was because of her provocation that Macbeth was forced to take this step. In the beginning of the play, she is blood thirsty and cruel. In the middle, when she had to hide Macbeth’s hallucination of seeing Banqous ghost, she said “Good friends, think of this as nothing more than a strange habit. It's nothing else.
Even, later on, he even kills one of his best friends Banquo. This Macbeth isn’t the Macbeth we saw earlier in the book which got a scared feeling from thinking of murder; this is a Macbeth who has been transformed by Lady Macbeth. We see this transformation when Macbeth and Macduff meet for the last time before Macduff kills Macbeth. When the two meet Macbeth starts by saying that he was the last person he wanted to have to kill because Macbeth already murdered his family. It seems that Macbeth still has flashes of his old, friendly and caring self, but then Macduff delivers the punch, “I have no words.
Before he commits the first murder he says that he sees a dagger pointing him to Duncan's room. This dagger that he sees is a figure of his imagination justifying to himself that it is ok to commit the murder. When they are at the dinner and Banquo's ghost appears and Macbeth is the only one who can see it, but this time Macbeth is having a feeling of regret why he has had his best friend murdered. Even though Lady Macbeth and the witches might of pushed Macbeth to do it, it was actually Macbeth who causes all the madness. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, and John Crowther.
She is always on the side of Macbeth telling him what she thinks he should do. When Macbeth was off at war, and told lady Macbeth that the witches greeted him as Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland before he received those titles, she was probably scheming no how to fulfill those before he returned home. Once home, they had King Duncan stay at Dunsinane. Lady Macbeth then b-tches at her husband and ridicules his masculinity in order to make him commit murder (Friedlander). Macbeth reluctantly murders Duncan, even though he wanted to wait and have it all play out without killing anyone.