The Finger of Blame
Macbeth is a very exciting story containing all kinds of
plots and murders. The characters that are killing and are
planning murders are all very deceitful and treacherous.
Two of the most dangerous criminals in this play are Lady
Macbeth and her husband. Together they commit the most
dreadful murder by killing the King; Duncan. It is
difficult to determine which one of these two is more
guilty, because they each do their own part in committing
the crime. Lady Macbeth prepares the plan and then
encourages Macbeth to go through with it. Macbeth commits
the actual murder, and he was also the first person who
thought about killing Duncan. After this initial crime,
Macbeth committed other crimes and killed more people.
Lady Macbeth did not have any involvement in these cases.
Based on these facts, Macbeth would be found more guilty
than Lady Macbeth.
The very first murder in this story was committed on
Duncan. This crime was planned by both Macbeth and Lady
Macbeth. The actual murder was done by Macbeth, making him
more guilty of the crime. Lady Macbeth just talked about
committing the crime, but she never actually went through
with it nor would she ever. Talking about committing the
incident is very different from actually doing it. Lady
Macbeth did a little more than just talk about it though.
She also urged Macbeth into doing it and that is what makes
her an accomplice to this crime, but she is not as guilty
as Macbeth. He really didn't have to listen to what his
wife said. Macbeth had a mind of his own and he could make
his own decision.
The other murders that Macbeth was involved in were not
committed by him, but were ordered by him. The people who
did the killing had no choice, they had to do it, because
they worked for Macbeth. Macbeth knew this and was a bit
more guilty in these murders then lady Macbeth was when she
urged him. The idea of killing Duncan first came from
Macbeth. Macbeth listened to the witches prophecies that
said he would become King. Macbeth did not want to wait any
longer and he thought the only way to become King was to
kill the present King; Duncan. Macbeth later told Lady
Macbeth about this and she just wanted to help him and do
whatever she could for him, so that he would be happy and
be King. She was also excited about becoming a Queen so she
pushed Macbeth forward and did not let him back down from
doing what he said he'd do. Macbeth had a good chance of
becoming King if Duncan was out of the picture, so Lady
Macbeth helped stage a plan so that Macbeth could kill him
without being caught. Lady Macbeth wanted to do this for
herself as well but she was mostly doing this for Macbeth
because she loved him so much.
Macbeth is a regular murderer throughout the play and is
involved in a lot more murders then Lady Macbeth is. She
was only involved in the murder of the King while Macbeth
was killing people throughout the whole story. He killed
lots of men fighting for the King, and later on he killed
the King. After killing the King he ordered some of his men
to murder Banquo and Fleance, Fleance got away though.
Later on in the story when Macduff went to join Malcolm,
Macbeth had Macduff's family killed. Macbeth was a man that
murdered far more people than his wife did, so he was a
more guilty person than she. Throughout the story Macbeth
got obsessed with killing others and he wanted to kill
more, while Lady Macbeth became so upset that she went
crazy and killed herself.
It is difficult to decide who is a more guilty person, but
if you look at it through the eye's of today's law you will
see that Macbeth is more guilty of murder. This is because
he had killed a lot people before he killed the King, and
when he did kill the King by himself Lady Macbeth had
nothing to do with it. She only made a plan and told him to
do it and that isn't as bad as actually committing the
crime unless Macbeth was mentally ill. Macbeth was not
considered mentally ill though because he went on to become
King where he made decisions on his own and ordered even
more people to be murdered, and Lady Macbeth had nothing to
do with those murders at all.
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