To What Extent Is Lady Macbeth Responsible Essay

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I believe that she is entirely responsible and will be arguing this by outlining some of the things she did and said. In act one, scene five, Lady Macbeth hears of Macbeth's meeting with the three witches and already starts to contemplate whether or not Macbeth has the courage to carry out whatever is necessary to become king. This is evident as Lady Macbeth ponders to herself: "Yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o' th' milk of human kindness," which means that she thinks Macbeth is too good and kind to take what he should not have. Lady Macbeth immediately decides that she will have to assist Macbeth in his evil deeds when she learns that King Duncan will be stopping the night at their castle. When she says "Come you spirits that tend on murderous thoughts, unsex me," and "make thick my blood, stop th'access and passage to remorse," she is already calling on evil spirits to take away her feminine nature, and to stop her feeling any pity, remorse or compassion; Lady Macbeth is determined to assist Macbeth in murdering Duncan. From this early point, it is already evident that she is contemplating, and intends to take part in a murder so that her husband could have the status he had always wanted, but had been too weak to obtain. When Macbeth enters, Lady Macbeth replies: "O never shall sun that morrow see." When Macbeth informs her Duncan will be leaving the following day. Here, she blatantly reveals that she intends to murder Duncan, saying he won't live to see another day. She then warns Macbeth that his face "is a book where men may read strange matters." Meaning that he has a blatant look of guilt on his face, which others may notice. Knowing Macbeth is having some doubts, Lady Macbeth tells him to leave the arrangements to her when she says: "put this night's great business into my dispatch," Here, Lady Macbeth is taking on the burden of arranging a plan,

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