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The Guiltiest Of Them All Essay

1006 words - 5 pages

What defines whether someone is reprehensible for such an odious deed? Is it the one on who commits the physical act, or the one who plants the venom filled seed into the accomplice’s head so that it imbeds its roots in every minute crevice of the brain? Which one is the most culpable for the execution? In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth three hideous witches reveal Macbeth’s prophecy to him. He will be Thane of Glaims, Thane of Cawdor, and King hereafter. The three grisly seeress’s also divulge Banquo’s future, Macbeth’s friend; Lesser but greater than Macbeth, not as happy but happier than Macbeth, and his son shall be king. Not him. Macbeth cherishes the idea of being king, but his good ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, Lady Macbeth is the most responsible because she is the mastermind behind the whole plot. She obviously wears the pants in their relationship. Lady Macbeth voices her behest which exudes supremacy: “Your hand, your tongue. Look the innocent flower, But the serpent under’t” (1.5.76-78). She orders Macbeth to act like a clueless innocent person and to play nice with Duncan, but it’s all just a façade; a mask to misstate and warp their evil desires. She expresses her dominance with these words; “Only look up clear, To alter favour ever is to fear: Leave all the rest to me” (1.5.84-86). Lady Macbeth’s venom laced mandate underpins her guiltiness and that she’s the line leader. She bewitches Macbeth into taking possession of the crown; meanwhile Duncan takes possession of a coffin.
On the contrary, some appeal that Macbeth is the most liable partaker in ridding of Duncan because he knows it goes against his moral code, but he does it anyway. If he commit the murder knowing how wrong it is, he knows exactly what he’s doing. The first time Macbeth thought of the possibility of a dead Duncan it immediately sickened him: “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man That function is smothered in surmise, And nothing is but what is not”(1.3.163-166). Murdering a friend of his repulses him but he went through with it anyway. That demonstrates how he is responsible for Duncan’s cold marble skin and bloody corpse.
In spite of this, yes Macbeth knows slaying Duncan is immoral for him but all he was doing was complying his wife’s wishes and salvaging what pride he has left. If it were not for Lady Macbeth Duncan would most likely still be alive. Macbeth conveys his authenticity as it encircles his vocalization, ”We will...

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