Macbeth’s motive for murdering King Duncan was possibly based upon pleasing his wife as much as Macbeth’s desire to assume power. Macbeth committed the murder but Lady Macbeth was the strategist behind the plot. She was the one whom persuaded Macbeth, drugged the guards beforehand, calmed Macbeth down and instructed him what to then do afterwards. One would ponder as to why she did not murder King Duncan herself but the reason for this is revealed when she commented that she would have killed Duncan herself had he not resembled her father as he slept. This shows throughout all the meticulous planning of this cold hearted plot, deep down, Lady Macbeth had a level of morality that was not shown openly.
Lady Macbeth - cold hearted, power, witch-like - is the most reasonable for turning Macbeth into an evil murderer. Her influences and desire to acheive more power is displayed throughoutthe play, particularly within her relationship with Macbeth. When Macbeth attempts to reconsider his plan to kill the King Duncan, Lady Macbeth is absolutely furious. She tells Macbeth "Screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail". Lady Macbeth understands that in order to committ murder they both must remove all sense of humanity.
An opportunist, she jumps on prospects as soon as they arise. When she receives Macbeth’s letter about the witches’ predictions, she immediately begins plotting Duncan’s murder, and calls upon dark spirits to “fill [her] from crown to toe top-full of direst cruelty” (1.5.49-50) to assist her in getting the job done. While most women would never dream of summoning evil to become queen, Lady Macbeth will do whatever it takes to achieve the power she yearns for. She easily squashes her husband’s doubts in their scheme by belittling his manliness, calling him “a coward in [his] own esteem” (1.7.47) and other demeaning names. This type of manipulation comes naturally to Lady Macbeth, as does an attitude of relentless determination.
Macbeth is an extremly complicated character to portray. His personality changes throughout the play beginning as an honurable war-hero and being praised highly by the King; making him Thane of Cawdor even though he was already Thane of Glamis. He then becomes a hesitant murderer, constantly distressed about his situiation ‘I am afraid to think what I have done’ to actively planning the murder of Banquo and showing little contrition for the death of his wife, Lady Macbeth ‘She should have died hereafter’ and becoming responsible for the massacre of Macduff’s wife and children.it is imperative that the actor playing Macbeth understands the intricacy of his character. He must also be able to show the contrast between Macbeth’s character in Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 5, in order to portray Macbeth, the actor must contemplate the mood and tone of what he is saying, his gestures and actions to match a certain phrase or speech. Also his facial expressions are very important.
- Speaks to Macbeth and tries to manipulate him into acting a certain way- Goes back to being the strong one and even says she will kill herself| “come thick night and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell.”“Bear welcome in your eye……be the serpent under’t”“Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the deadAre but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood.”| Speech| She wants Macbeth to kill. She is ambitious and determined.-She has a whatever attitude and wants to kill Duncan | “Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirts into thine ear.”“A little water clears us of this deed:How easy is it then!.”| Thoughts| | | Interactions| Lady Macbeth is more determined and devoted to this murder than Macbeth is| “And live a coward in thine own esteem”| Macbeth |Observations|Text Support| Looks| | | Actions| -Macbeth goes back to being the weak one| “I'll go no more:I am afraid to think what I have done;Look on't again I dare not.”| Speech|-He is still struggling with the fact he has to murder Duncan saying the blood can not be washed from their hands| “Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No.”| Thoughts| -Thinks that the crime he is about to commit to become king will come back unto him-a dagger appears and he thinks it’s a figment of his imagination| “To plague the inventor: this even-handed justiceCommends the ingredients of our poison'd chaliceTo our own lips.”“false creation/proceeding from the heat oppressed brain”-the| Interactions| -the way he speaks to lady Macbeth shows
It was his decision and he made it in a clear mind with the goal of becoming King. Macbeth was definitely not a villain before he was the Thane of Cawdor.A couple of forces might have drove Macbeth to cause all his crimes. The most evident of the forces that causes Macbeth kill Duncan is Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is very baffled about the prediction and he almost decided to not go forward with the deed when Lady Macbeth entices him to kill Duncan by telling him he is fragile and lacks masculinity. She has a lot more ambition than Macbeth and hopes that he succeeds so she can benefit from all the killings.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth while being filled with ambition, convinces her husband to kill the king. There are many atrocious crimes committed in the play, not least of all regicide, and the most guilty of all the characters is Lady Macbeth, husband to Lord Macbeth. Lady Macbeth may seem to the outside world to be innocent as a flower, but in fact she uses deception and persuasion to convince others to carry out her bidding. When her lackeys fail at their tasks, she is fully able to finish the deed for them. Near the end of the play she admits to her crimes, further solidifying her guilt.
A central motif in Macbeth is the darkness brought on by night and how it conceals and reveals aspects of the characters personalities. In one example, Lady Macbeth reveals herself while lamenting over the future murder of Duncan. She calls for the “thick night” to cover her regrets so they won’t even be hinted to God. Since she believes she is completely invisible, Lady Macbeth is able to ask for the ability to be filled with the “direst cruelty.” Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth has to face the battle between her own ambitions and the constraints placed upon her as a woman and that of the wife of Macbeth. She uses her womanhood to portray her innocence but it is then exposed by her soliloquy that she wishes the spirits “unsex” her, leaving Lady Macbeth only with mortal thoughts.
In the play, the two women – Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale- who are only brought along with the sheriff and attorney to retrieve some items for a wife – Mrs. Wright/ Minnie foster- accused for killing her husband –Mr. Wright, are the ones who actually find the evidence to indict the accused. In trifles, the title is ironic as the reader sees what is silly and "trifle" to men, is the key for solving the murder. In a general look at Trifles, a reader can figure right away the roles given to women in that era. Women's roles were mainly reproductive and briefly social.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, most of you have heard of the terrible tale of the Macbeth family, a tale of ambition, greed and murder. Many of you may believe that Macbeth was the only culprit in the murder of Duncan, King of Scotland. However today, we the prosecution, will demonstrate to you that it was, in fact Lady Macbeth who was the mastermind behind the murder. She may not have killed Duncan herself, however she planned the murder, she took complete control of Macbeth and she covered up the murder. She used Macbeth like a puppet on a string.