Lady Macbeth

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Who is Guiltier?
In the play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare it is difficult to determine who is more responsible for the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? It is difficult to determine who is more responsible because each Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have done so many things to each be named the guiltier person.

Macbeth is guiltier than Lady Macbeth because Macbeth actually committed the crime of killing king Duncan. When Macbeth is on his way to kill King Duncan he says, “I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell” (II. i. 62-64). While Macbeth is coming back from committing the crime of killing King Duncan he says, “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?” (II. ii. 14) we can see that in the citation Macbeth has just now finished killing Duncan. Because of this Macbeth is guiltier than Lady Macbeth because he has actually committed the deed of killing Duncan. Throughout the story there is a motif of guilt that Macbeth feels before and after he committed the crime.

Macbeth is guiltier than Lady Macbeth because Macbeth has motive that Lady Macbeth did not have to kill King Duncan. When the three witches approach Macbeth they say, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, which shalt be king hereafter!” (I. iii. 48-51) because some of the prophecy that was predicted by the three witches came true, Macbeth has started having thoughts about if he was going to become king and how would he be able become king. Macbeth wants to be king so that he could have the power over others instead of being the one to serve, in other to become king he kills the current king and other people as to cover his track and secure his place as the new king.

Macbeth is guiltier than Lady Macbeth because he had a choice of not killing Duncan....
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