Lady Macbeth and Guilt Analytical Essay by Write Fine

Lady Macbeth and Guilt
This paper discusses Lady Macbeth's guilt regarding the murder of Duncan in William Shakespeare's play "The Tragedy of Macbeth".
# 112590 | 1,293 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (MacBeth) , Sociology (General)

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In this aticle, the writer points out that in 'The Tragedy of Macbeth', even a modern-day audience is struck by the manipulative efforts of Lady Macbeth, whose scheming appears to drive her husband to commit horrible acts, including murder. The writer discusses that Lady Macbeth's apparent guilt by the end of the play makes some people question how much responsibility Lady Macbeth has for her husband's actions, because she shows more remorse than he does. Rather than suggesting that she is not responsible for her husband's actions, Lady Macbeth's guilty conscience actually helps demonstrate that she was as responsible for Duncan's murder as her husband. The writer concludes that although Lady Macbeth is not physically responsible for Duncan's murder, her actions make it clear that she is morally responsible for his murder, and would even be considered a co-conspirator under today's modern criminal law.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. "The Tragedy of Macbeth." The Riverside Shakespeare. Ed. G. Blakemore Evans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1974. 1307-1342.

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