She immediately concludes that "the fastest way" for Macbeth to become king is by murdering King Duncan. Lady Macbeth's immediate thoughts may make her appear as thoroughly irreligiously cold and ambitious, but this is not so. To prepare for what she feels must be done she calls on evil spirits to "stop up th' access and passage to remorse" in order to be relentless. Otherwise her conscience would not allow her to act. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth knows her husband well.
The wyrd sisters predicted that Macbeth would be king. This means that the obvious result would be Lady Macbeth as queen. Instead of waiting for Duncan to die naturally or to be killed by someone else, she ushers the task to Macbeth. She forces it upon him, which is unfortunate, for he starts a moral character. It is the methods she uses to convince Macbeth that murder is the answer that are extremely cruel and manipulative, sending no doubt that she is the chief culprit in the murder of Duncan, and his death may be put squarely in her hands.
Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth, who decided strongly against murdering Duncan, to go ahead with their plan to murder Duncan. Lady Macbeth is very successful at persuading him to do things that he knows are wrong. Macbeth is not an evil person, but when he is allowed to be influenced by Lady Macbeth, he is vulnerable to committing deeds he knows are wrong. Lady Macbeth entirely breaks the stereotype of women being kind and benevolant in the first act. After Macbeth writes home telling of his murderous plans, Lady Macbeth begins talking to evil spirits.
If she hadn’t insisted on the murder, she would not be driven in... ... middle of paper ... ...can presume that it was out of guilt. As we saw, it was plaguing her dreams, and taking a heavy toll on her mental health. The reader can assume that she saw death as the only opportunity for peace of mind. Lady Macbeth committed the ultimate crime, and this is how she payed the price. Lady Macbeth began to see the consequences of her actions, but couldn’t handle the repercussions.
She is the reason for the plays existence and had she not convinced Macbeth to move forward and kill Duncan, the play would not exist, because Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are so close at the beginning of the play, she knows exactly how to manipulate him into committing murder. This can easily be perceived due to how Lady Macbeth manages to manipulate Macbeth into killing Duncan and then ensuring the rest of the play would be filled with the murders of other characters who stand in the way of Macbeth’s
As Macbeth shrives to success guilt overcome’s Macbeth where he can no longer think straight. Initially Macbeth planned was to kill Duncan but it wasn’t enough he also had to kill Banquo and Macduff’s family. On the other hand Lady Macbeth had to call upon the weird sister to unsexed her so she had no true feeling towards anything as if she was a man. However, the true guilt of the murder can fall on either Lady Macbeth or Macbeth. Perhaps one of the strongest obvious evidence that show guilt, is how it affects lady Macbeth, how she couldn’t handle it any longer, and that was the reason of her death.
Overall Lady Macbeths ambition, confidence and naivete is perhaps the major factor in pushing Macbeth into the murder of Duncan. She does not think of the consequences of the murder so she is 100% behind Macbeth killing Macbeth, which makes it difficult for Macbeth to go against her. Another factor is Banquo. The fact that Banquo knows of what the ‘imperfect speakers’ said is a major factor pushing Macbeth away from killing the King. If the King were to be murdered Banquo would be suspicious and would most likely suspect Macbeth of doing the evil deed of killing the king.
The emphasis of the evil and monstrous qualities in the beginning are contrasted at the end with the feelings of remorse. The first clue that showed that Lady Macbeth was not a monster was her statement about how she would have killed King Duncan if it was not for his resemblance to her father. After Macbeth revealed to her that there was a possibility of him becoming king, she told herself that Macbeth was too kind to do the evil things necessary to become king. She called to the spirits to make her more of a man and less of a woman. She also asked them to thicken her blood so she would not be affected by feelings of remorse or guilt.
"Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’th milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great. Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it." (Act 1, scene 5). Lady Macbeth is the force behind Macbeth’s sudden ambition and she tries to manipulate him into feeling guilty and unmanly for not following through with the murder, by using her husbands emotions, she manages to convince Macbeth to murder Duncan.
This gives Macbeth less to worry about and helps to convince him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s persuasion and manipulation of Macbeth was the “last straw” factor, and it was the deciding factor that causes Macbeth to kill Duncan. All in all, many events are responsible for causing the murder of Duncan, but the most significant cause—the cause that starts all the madness—is the former Thane of Cawdor committing treason. However, that being said, the character of Lady Macbeth has the most influence on Macbeth’s decision to kill Duncan. Of course, all of these causes contributed to Macbeth’s killing of Duncan, but soon the killing of Duncan will become the cause of a larger story.