Macbeth Essay

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Individuals are not always responsible for committing a crime, instead someone who manipulates the person into the act have a big responsibility. Accessories to murder get punished and not just the criminal, especially if one is ambitious with a weak personality. In Macbeth written by Harbrace Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is the person most responsible for all events of this play. Her manipulation and insistence led Macbeth to the murder of King Duncan. She uses emotional blackmail and knows he is morally sensitive to instigate him. She manipulates him into the act and drives him to the murder acting as a physical catalyst to encourage him. Most importantly is how she plays a key role in removing her femininity so she can push Macbeth to carry out the murder. King Duncan’s death eventually leads to the rest of the events in the play; because Lady Macbeth was responsible for his death, she is therefore considered to be responsible for all the events in the play. Firstly, with Lady Macbeth’s strong personality, she knows exactly how to convince Macbeth of the murder. She uses emotional blackmail and knows he is morally sensitive. She is consumed with such hatred and bitterness for the world having an extreme idea of what a man should and should not be. Lady Macbeth makes her idea that a man should be pleasing, protecting, and giving everything a women needs. Her blood thirsty nature makes her version of a real man do whatever it takes to get what he needs. She mocks his bravery and knows he is a warrior and will be insulted. When Macbeth is having doubts she questions his manhood saying, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man…” (1.7. 54-56). This quote shows Macbeth that he is more of a man if he kills King Duncan. Since Macbeth is morally sensitive with a weak personality but ambitious about becoming the king, Lady Macbeth manipulates him and he goes along with the murder. Secondly, she...
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