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Someone might say that Lady Macbeth was the coward because she would not kill Duncan herself, even though she wanted him dead more than anybody. Instead she used an excuse, she said "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't" (II, ii, 16-17). She must have been scared to do it herself or just didn't want to feel the guilt even though she ended up feeling it anyway. A person might ask why she is guilty. They might see the situation as "Macbeth needs to learn how to resist peer pressure". Yes this is a good point, but Lady Macbeth is guilty for more than just persuading Macbeth to commit the crime of murdering Duncan. First, she is guilty because she made an outright killing machine out of Macbeth. Secondly, Lady Macbeth had to do with some of the actions of the murders such as her framing Duncan's attendants. "Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there: go carry them: and smear the sleepy grooms with blood" (II, ii, 66-68). "If he do bleed,/ I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal,/ For it must seem their guilt" (II. ii. 54-56). She then goes to the attendants' room smears the blood on them, and leaves the daggers there with them. This would now make her a manipulator and a framer. Lady Macbeth is altogether a dishonest person. Would these actions make her more guilty than Macbeth at this point? Lady Macbeth then talks to her husband about the guilt they might have later on. She says "These deeds must not be thought/ After these ways; so, it will make us mad" (II. ii. 33-34). This shows us that she knows that the guilt will eventually make them go mad.
Lady Macbeth is similar to Judas Iscariot in the Bible. These two are similar because they both commit suicide out of guilt. Lady Macbeth is guilty for persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan and acting as his accomplice. Judas Iscariot on the other hand, was guilty for betraying Jesus and turning him over to the guards. "Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, 'How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?' And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus" (Matthew 26: 14-16 NLV). Judas betrays Jesus and turns him over to the guards for money. "Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself." (Matthew 7:5 NLV). Judas and Lady Macbeth were both involved in evil deeds that led to someone's death. They both felt very guilty about what they had done. Lady Macbeth's guilt made her extremely self-conscious because she thought that someone would find out. Eventually she got to the point where she was paranoid, so she killed herself to escape the guilt.
Macbeth pretends to still be loyal to the king and kills the guards who "murdered" Duncan Guilt Macbeth killed Duncan and that was seen as a crime. Do you think it was reasonable for Macduff to kill Macbeth? How do you think the way people dealt with guilt and crimes in Shakespeare's time differs from the way that people deal with them now? How were the feelings of Lady Macbeth similar to the feelings of Victor in Frankenstein? Why do you think Lady Macbeth was guilty at the end of the play, but Macbeth was not? In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Shakespeare displays how the repercussions of guilt can be detrimental towards the individual because it creates emotional instability and distorted judgment. Discussion Question In Macbeth’s situation, his guilt manifests due to his emotional instability but do you believe that guilt has the power to cause “hallucinations” or severe mental handicaps just as it caused Macbeth? BACKGROUNDFurthermore, William Shakespeare conveys ideas about guilt through the use of Lady Macbeth's power and control over Macbeth. For example when Lady Macbeth says 'If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal; For it must seem their guilt'. Here Lady Macbeth shows a lot of power and control by the use of 'I'll' suggesting that she will do all the dirty work for Macbeth and that she doesn't need him and that she is much more powerful by herself, again relating to how in a patriarchal society men would be much more powerful than women but in 'Macbeth' it seems to be vice versa. 'Gild' is normally used as an adjective to describe how you paint or cover something, therefore showing that Lady Macbeth is covering the 'grooms' faces with blood suggesting that she just wants to cover the murder up, get rid of it but in real fact it will not get rid of anything, inferring Lady Macbeth guilt as she doesn't want to see what she has caused and just wants to get it out of her head but in real fact, the murder of King Duncan will always be there haunting her.This picture represents Lady Macbeth's contribution to the death of Duncan. She didn't stab him with her own hands-however condemned him to "death by husband". Just as Lady Macbeth holds guilt over the murder she technically did not commit, characters such as Malcolm and Donalbain would feel responsible as well. Their family gave the Macbeths their trust, and gifts for their hospitality, and recieved a tragedy in return.