Lady Macbeth to Blame?

By Ashlee Loomis

Why is she to Blame?

Why might Lady Macbeth be to blame? Maybe, it is the fact she was the one who insisted on killing Duncan, or maybe her guilt got to her. Whatever the reason may be, Lady Macbeth seems to be blamed.

Lady Macbeth wanted the thrown all to herself for Macbeth, but in order for that to happen, the current king, Duncan, would have to be taken out of the picture, "Once alone, Macbeth imagines a dagger leading him toward the king's chamber. When he hears a bell, the signal from Lady Macbeth, he knows it is time to go to Duncan's room" (Act Two Scene 1). The signal that Lady Macbeth gives, tells Macbeth that it is time to kill Duncan. Another reason Lady Macbeth is to blame is, Macbeth told her that he did not want to proceed with the act, she then responds with "What a beast wasn't then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man"(Act Two Scene 2). This was her way of insulting Macbeth's manhood, by saying he wasn't a man if he didn't kill Duncan. Most importantly, Lady Macbeth made Macbeth keep in all the secrets and tell no one what they had done. This makes Macbeth go crazy and lose his mind. Macbeth is at dinner with some friends and he sees the ghost of Banquo, this is when he really truly loses his mind. He then says, "Which of you have done this?"(Act Three Scene Four). After this happens, it is clear that Macbeth has lost his mind.

In my opinion, Lady Macbeth was obviously the main reason for Macbeth's downfall, especially because of the reasons listed above. She started out in the very beginning of the play as an evil and cruel woman and towards the end of the book/play after the "ghost" really started messing with Macbeth's conscious, the killing of Duncan really affected her and how she acts in the rest of the play.

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The Conjuring

The supernatural presence that tortures the family in The Conjuring relates to the supernatural presence in Macbeth. The supernatural force in Macbeth really gets to Lady Macbeth and makes her feel guilty for killing Duncan and then the supernatural force in The Conjuring tortures the family and impacts how the story goes along. The "ghost" in Macbeth is Lady Macbeth's conscious trying to make her feel bad about killing Duncan. The movie resembles this connection because the supernatural force involved in both the play and the movie manipulate the women/wife to go in a downfall towards their family/husbands. In "The Conjuring", the wife gets possessed by a demonic force and turns against her family by trying to kill her husband and children. In "Macbeth", the wife feels bad about the deed they did to Duncan, which makes her start talking in her sleep, and blow their cover.
The Conjuring Movie Trailer (2013)

"Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks

The song, "Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks represents the downfall of Macbeth, caused by Lady Macbeth. In the song. it talks about how the wife is sick and tired of her husband being gone and being a truck driver, so she goes and cheats on him and crashes his truck into a building. Later on, the husband is put in jail and the wife is still out with different men. The comparison is that the wife in the song ruins her husbands life by getting him put in jail, due to of her doings because of her jealous. The lyrics, "Papa loved Mama, Mama loved men,Mama's in the graveyard Papa's in the pen" resemble the explanation of the example given to represent Macbeth's downfall. These two downfalls are both related to each other because the wife ruined the husbands life, because of something they did.
Papa Loved Mama; Garth Brooks


Tragedy is when there is a big negative problem or impact in a story, in the play the king is murdered and that is the biggest tragedy in the whole story, it is what the whole story is about. The Macbeth's wanted to kill the king so that Macbeth could become the new king, so that is exactly what they do. The couple kills Macbeth, "As Lady Macbeth waits for her husband, she explains how she drugged Duncan's servants. Suddenly a dazed and terrified Macbeth enters, carrying the bloody dagger used to kill Macbeth"( Act Two Scene Two).
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Dynamic Character

The Dynamic character in the story is Macbeth, because he is the main character and he impacts the story immensely. The story is all about Macbeth's life and all of his troubles and problems to become king. Macbeth is the one who killed Duncan in order to become king, he is the one who loses his mind, and he is the one the witches told would become king. In the text it states, "You shall be king" (Act One Scene Three). Once the witches told him he would be king, he and his wife (Lady Macbeth) were determined to be king.
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Tragic Hero

In the very end of the story Tragic Hero is used quite a lot. Macduff eventually kills Macbeth once he finds out Macbeth killed King Duncan. This made Macduff a hero because Macbeth believed he would not be harmed by anyone born from a woman. Macbeth believed everyone was born from a woman, however, "Macduff was from his room untimely ripped" (Act 5 Scene 8). After, Macduff heard this, he knew Macbeth had to be killed, and this led him to his death.
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