: The Blame of the Tragedy
Shakespeare blurs the line between protagonist and antagonist in The Tragedy of
. He makes the audience care about Macbeth yet the blame for the tragedy falls on him. Lady Macbeth encourages him, convincing him to live up to his word, but Macbeth himself initiates the murders in the play out of his deep desire to be king. While he’s initially known as a loyal kinsman and trusted warrior, Macbeth develops into an evil, malevolent king, causing the tragic deaths in the play. His actions, unjustified by anything but his own personal ambition, make even his own death purely his fault. While Lady Macbeth significantly contributed to the tragedy in
, Macbeth himself is ultimately the most responsible for the tragic fall of characters in the play.
Lady Macbeth’s actions in
contribute to the tragedy of the play because of her influence on Macbeth as his wife. In Act 1, Scene 7, Macbeth is reluctant and doubting his original plan of murdering of Duncan to steal the throne for himself. However, Lady Macbeth, out of her own desire to be queen, manages to convince him that he’ll regret it if he doesn’t follow through with his original intent (Text 2, lines 4749). She challenges his masculinity and makes him feel like a coward (Text 2, lines 5658), making him want to prove his strength and bravery to her. Lady Macbeth is also largely responsible for Duncan’s death because she formed the plan of his death for Macbeth to follow through (Text 2, lines 7181). She takes initiation and makes the murder feasible. After the murder has been committed, when Macbeth is beginning to go crazy, Lady Macbeth tries to counsel him to conceal their crime (Text 4). At this point she is the stronger of the two, keeping their crime secret and preventing them from getting caught. Macbeth is primarily responsible for the tragedy of Duncan’s death. Without his ambition ...
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