Lady Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

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“A villain is the person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm, or damage” (Oxford Dictionary). In Macbeth by William Shakespeare even though Lady Macbeth may appear to be the villain in actuality it is Macbeth. Although Lady Macbeth and the witches manipulate and pressure him, Macbeth is ultimately the true villain of the play because of the depth and breadth of the suffering he causes to so many innocents.
Firstly, Macbeth is the real villain because he instigates the murder of King Duncan. After being told he that he’s been named Thane of Cawdor Macbeth says:
I am thane of Cawdor:/If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, /Against the use of nature? Present fears/Are less than horrible imaginings:/My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, /Shakes so my single state of man that function/Is smother 'd in surmise, and nothing is/But what is not(Shakespeare 1.3.132-141).
Although one may argue Lady Macbeth is the real villain due to her persuading and manipulating Macbeth. Though his words Macbeth reveals that he thinks about killing King Duncan before returning home to see and tell Lady Macbeth that he is the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth’s words are momentous because they corroborate that even though once Macbeth arrives at his home and is persuaded and manipulated by Lady Macbeth he is the one who instigates King Duncan’s murder. Furthermore, Macbeth makes the choice to murder…

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