Lady Macbeth to Blame?

By: Audrey Thuss

The Wife? The Wife did it?

Macbeth made a lot of his own desions ,but Lady Macbeth, his wife, was the problem. Lady Macbeth was the one who actually killed Duncan. Macbeth fell under because of all the stress he felt after Duncan's death. The only reason Duncan is dead is because Macbeth wanted the throwne and to be king. Duncan was next in line and he was in good health so he wasn't going any where for a long long time. If Macbeth wanted to be king he would of had to do something about it himself. Lady Macbeth was the one who actually killed Duncan. She asked her spirits to cleanse her of all good and replace it with evil saying "Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!" (Shakespeare, 35) What Lady Macbeth means by saying this is that if she's going to kill Duncan, she needs to remove all the nicness in her and replace it with evil to get the job done. Though Lady Macbeth and Macbeth invited Duncan over to spend time together, they already had plans to kill him saying, ''O, never shall sun that morrow see!'' (Shakespeare, 35) Lady Macbeth says this because she wishes that Duncan not live through the night, and that the darkness hides her deeds. Even though Macbeth and Duncan were very good friends, he still follows through with the plan to kill Duncan, because Lady Macbeth convinced Macbeth that he would not be king unless Duncan was dead. This was enough to convince Macbeth into going along with Lady Macbeth's plan saying, "I cannot fly, But bearlike I must fight the course" (Shakespeare, 175). What Macbeth means by this is that he can't bear that Lady Macbeth goes through with killing Duncan, but he goes along with it anyway. He is comparing himself to a bear tied to a post and he can't move or do anything. Although, Macbeth wasn't the one that actually killed Duncan; he feels like he did because he went along with his wife's plan. It was like a stab to the heart to Macbeth; Duncan was one of his good friends and his wife killed him. Macbeth goes through depression and he starts to see images that aren't really there. Macbeth is a wreck and he's depressed.

Dramatic Irony in Macbeth.

Shakespeare represents dramatic irony when Duncan comes to Macbeth's castle for a visit to celebrate Macbeth's elevation to Thane of Cawdor. The reader knows that Duncan is going to be murdered ,but Duncan has no idea. Duncan has no idea that he just walked into Macbeth's trap. Before the night's over, Duncan will be dead. Lady Macbeth has to explain to Macbeth that he can't show any facial evidence or emotion to what they're about to do. "Your face, my thane, is as a book were men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand your tongue: look like innocent flower but be the serpent under't" (Shakespeare, 35). This means Macbeth can't show any emotion. If he does, Duncan might get suspicious and leave or stay awake at night. If Duncan had left or stayed awake, he would still be alive and then Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's plan would have never happened.
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Alluison in Macbeth

Shakespeare shows allusion in the play "Macbeth" when Macbeth starts to see a dagger in his mind. Macbeth thinks it's real, but it's not. Macbeth can't sleep; since he can't sleep, he isn't mentally stable, so that's why he saw the dagger when he slept. Macbeth can't say "amen" because he feels like God shut him out of heaven so he isn't able to comprehend "amen". "As they had seen me with theses hangman's hands, List'ning their fear. I could not say "Amen"!" (Shakespeare, 55). Macbeth felt like all the courage and niceness that he may once have had was gone. Lady Macbeth was telling Macbeth to wash his hands, put on his night gown, and brush his teeth because they knew that the other people that were in the castle were going to come wake them up when they found out Duncan was dead.
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Foil in Macbeth

Lady Macbeth shows the literary term ''foil" by her unstable, obsessive, crazy personality. Lady Macbeth is suffering through the extreme confusion and depression. This is a pivot and well known climactic moment of the play that clearly demonstrates Lady Macbeth’s delusion. "Out, damned spot!" (Shakespeare, 155). Lady Macbeth shows a lot of ambition throughout the play. It may not be for the right cause for the reader or audience, but it is for Lady Macbeth. She is willing to be hurt or die for what she believes. She believes that Macbeth should be king, so she goes out and kills the next man in line for the throwne, Duncan, so that Macbeth can become king. Duncan is in perfect health and condition, he isn't going anywhere, so if Macbeth really wanted to be king he was going to have to do something about it. A good spouse will die for their loved one. Lady Macbeth took that way too seriously. Lady Macbeth literally killed for her husband. "I have done the deed!" (Shakespeare, 53). Eventually, none of this was worth it. It was blown way out of proportion. Macbeth ends up getting beheaded by Macduff. Lady Macbeth commits suicide and Malcolm becomes King of Scotland.
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Queen, "Another One bites the Dust"

I chose "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen because the song talks about death in a humorous way. The play "Macbeth" all is has is the death of people. "Out of the doorway the bullets rip... another one bites the dust" (Queen). Macduff beheads Macbeth, Duncan gets stabbed, and Lady Macbeth commits suicide. Time: 0:35-0:47.
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust (Lyrics)

Movie: Unfaithful

Unfaithful is about a woman named Connie. Connie cheats on her husband numerous times and turns his world upside down. Her husband ends up killing the man with whom she had an affair. The husband has stress and depression after killing the man and his wife finds out about it, and chooses to support his husband by keeping his secret. She experiences stress and depression, and both of their lives are ruined.This is similar to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth because they both chose to commits bad acts, and both of their lives are ruined because of it.
Unfaithful - Official® Trailer [HD]