Who's to blame?

Who is responsible for Macbeth's downfall

Lady Macbeth was using manipulation

Macbeth had a constant whisper in his ear telling him what to do, and that whisper was none other than Lady Macbeth. She was only interested in benefiting herself, and used Macbeth to make sure it happened. Lady Macbeth is constantly found telling Macbeth what to do. She is a spiteful person, yet she looks even more spiteful when put next to Macbeth in the beginning of the play. Macbeth is very uncomfortable with killing Duncan, and Lady Macbeth pushes him to do it. "We will proceed no further into this business."(Macbeth 1.7 35). Macbeth has many reasons not to kill the king. But Lady Macbeth keeps pushing him, "Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem"(Lady Macbeth 1.7 47-48). Macbeth then is persuaded to murder Duncan by his own wife. It is revealed before Lady Macbeth convinced Macbeth of murder, that she had thought her plan through in her soliloquy in the play. "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear"(Lady Macbeth 1.5 27). She had intentions to control Macbeth and make him do what she wanted. She made him believe that she would do something of the same sorts if he had asked her to. "I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done this"(Lady Macbeth 1.7 65-67). Lady Macbeth was using an allusion to her husband to make him think he had to kill Duncan. Therefor, Lady Macbeth is the one to hold accountable for Macbeth's spiraling downfall into a life of crime.

Beheading the Truth

Salome by Lucas Cranach is portraying a women of high authority holding a severed head on a platter. This painting is very similar to what Lady Macbeth did. Lady Macbeth is a women who will murder to be of high power and authority. She is okay with killing others to benefit herself. In Salome, the women seems to be very content with the severed head, much as Lady Macbeth would be. Lady Macbeth's character is very similar to Salome.

Double life

Macbeth can be compared to Hannah Montana in some ways. Hannah Montana wanted to be super famous and popular but she also wanted a small regular life. So did Macbeth. Macbeth wants to be king and he wants everyone to like him and he wants to be powerful, but he also doesn't want the consequences that come with leading that sort of lifestyle.