Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Act Two Prompt
Who wanted to kill Duncan more, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? Why?

15 comments:

  1. Lady Macbeth clearly wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. From the introduction of Lady Macbeth as a character, her lust for power is expressed in ever facet of her being. She revels more in the idea of becoming wife to the king than the arrival and promotion of Macbeth to Thane of Cawdor. She questions the strength of her husband when he opposes the idea of murdering the man who just promoted him. Macbeth is very content and in awe of Duncan after his promotion. Yes, Macbeth had thought of the idea of becoming king, and possibly killing Duncan, but proven from the beginning of "Macbeth', that is not who he is at his core. He never would've killed Duncan if it wasn't for his ruthless wife.

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  2. Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. As soon as Macbeth mentions the fact Duncan was coming over, Lady Macbeth mentioned that she saw that as a prime opportunity to kill Duncan. Macbeth objects and then acts almost as if he has an angel and a devil on his shoulder like in the cartoons and is going back and forth debating whether he should use this opportunity to kill Duncan or not. Lady Macbeth however, is very determined and ambitious and has already decided on the fact that Duncan should be killed.

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  4. Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. There are some signs, however, pointing to why Macbeth may have had to kill him. Macbeth is the one that interpreted the words of the witches in saying that he needs to kill Duncan in order for him to become king. Macbeth has the original idea of killing Duncan, however, if it were not for Lady Macbeth he would have never committed the murder. Lady Macbeth convinces him to kill Duncan, after Macbeth had already deliberated with himself for days. Lady Macbeth saw an opportunity to become queen, and more powerful, and took it. If it were not for both of them together, Duncan would still be alive, in the story.

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  5. Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. The witches put the idea of killing Duncan into Macbeths head but after Lady Macbeth said something he wants to even more. Lady Macbeth wanted to be queen and the only way to do that was if Duncan was out of the picture.

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  6. Lady Macbeth seems to want to kill Duncan more. When Macbeth talks about Duncan what stands out to me the most is that he says he's genuinely a good king and a great guy. If he were to kill Duncan, it would have to be out of cold blood, because Duncan hasn't done anything to Macbeth or even given him the slightest reason why to kill him. Lady Macbeth just wants him gone. She doesn't want to do the deed, but she asks the witches to give her some sweet things to say to Macbeth to persuade him to do it. I feel that there has something to do about Duncan having an heir to the throne and Macbeth being barren. She talks about how she has kids, but they're illegitimate so they can't come to the throne. I think thats why Lady Macbeth has more of a drive to kill Duncan.

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  7. Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. She was the driving force throughout the play. Lady Macbeth knew what needed to be done for Macbeth to become king. She even commented that she would kill Duncan herself. Lady Macbeth has been married before and she knows how to manipulate her partners. She constantly comments on Macbeth's weaknesses and manhood. Though Lady Macbeth's drive to kill Duncan surpasses Macbeth's she could not bring herself to kill Duncan herself when she had a chance, she said he reminded her of her father. Macbeth is a honorable man he wants to do what is right but outside influences such as his wife prohibit him from doing what is right. He has a close relationship to Duncan and the thought of killing him tears him apart. As manipulative as Lady Macbeth was not able to commit the deed herself which is ironic do to the fact that she thinks Macbeth is a coward. Her only drive is to gain power and she uses her words as a weapon of choice, much like Richard III.

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  8. I think that Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more. When she heard of Duncan was staying one night in their house, she immediately considered it as a chance to help her husband get the crown. At first, Macbeth was not willing to murder Duncan. Macbeth thought Duncan was a smart and diligent king who did a lot of good things for the citizens. He did not want to lose such a nice king. Lady Macbeth persuaded him, however, she made Macbeth ignore his inclination to hesitate. It was his wife Lady Macbeth who owned a firm determination to be the queen.

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  9. I think its clear Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. I think Macbeth murdered Duncan only because he was so greatly influenced by the witches and Lady Macbeth "pouring spirits in thine ear." If it wasn't for the witches and Lady Macbeth's convincing verbal power, Macbeth most likely not have murdered Duncan. Lady Macbeth wanted Macbeth to be king in order to gain power, but I think its possible that Lady Macbeth wanted to remind Macbeth that being king is a way to show what manliness he can since he can't give Lady Macbeth children.

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  10. I think its clear Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. I think Macbeth murdered Duncan only because he was so greatly influenced by the witches and Lady Macbeth "pouring spirits in thine ear." If it wasn't for the witches and Lady Macbeth's convincing verbal power, Macbeth most likely not have murdered Duncan. Lady Macbeth wanted Macbeth to be king in order to gain power, but I think its possible that Lady Macbeth wanted to remind Macbeth that being king is a way to show what manliness he can since he can't give Lady Macbeth children.

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  11. In my opinion, Lady Macbeth wants to kill Duncan more than Macbeth wants to kill him. Lady Macbeth is the first to bring up the idea of killing Duncan. She uses Macbeth and manipulates him into killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth says, "That I may pour my spirtis in thine ear" (1.5.23). This shows us that she is going to manipulate Macbeth into killing Duncan by poking at his insecurities. Macbeth shows that he does not want to kill Duncan through this line, "We will proceed no further in this business" (1.7.32). This is Macbeth actually standing up to Lady Macbeth for once and telling her that he does not want to kill his best friend and King, Duncan. However, once Lady Macbeth realizes that Macbeth is really against killing Duncan, she begins to insult his manhood with this line, "I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:" (1.7.58-59). Through this line she tells Macbeth that he can't have a child and is therefore less of a man in her eyes. This convinces Macbeth to go through with killing Duncan to please his wife and hopefully become more of a man in the process.

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  12. Lady Macbeth most definitely wants to kill Duncan far more than Macbeth. She is a pusher. She always pushes people to do what she wants. We see an example of this when in Act Two particularly when she is forcing Macbeth to do the deed she wants done and is not thinking about the aftermath as thoroughly as she should. She tells Macbeth that it is for the better and is trying to show him that when it is done, he will be king and she will be queen. It takes a lot of convincing in order for Macbeth to actually kill Duncan. He talks himself into doing it and when its done he feels damned already. Lady Macbeth pushed him to kill Duncan in my opinion.

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  13. In my opinion, I think it was relatively clear that Lady Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan more than Macbeth. After reading the letter Macbeth sent her in Act 1, we get out first inside view of Lady Macbeth's real character. She is power hungry and will do anything to satisfy that ambition, including killing the king a dear friend of their's. Before King Duncan's murder actually takes place, we constantly see Macbeth going back and forth between killing him or not killing him and if it was not for Lady Macbeth, I do not believe Macbeth would have ever actually done it. She was constantly there to goad him and taunt him to keep his ambition in check. Even after Macbeth killed him and is paranoid about it, Lady Macbeth says she would have killed him herself if he did not resemble her father as he slept. This goes to show the readers that she considers herself having no qualms about doing this deed in any other situation. All of this implies to me that Lady Macbeth pushed Macbeth into killing Duncan to satisfy her own ambition of power.

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  14. After hearing that her husband could be King, Lady Macbeth is willing to do anything in her power to make sure that happens. Duncan and his sons are going to come over to Macbeth’s house for dinner and little do they know Duncan will not leave alive. Macbeth feels hesitant on whether or not he should kill Duncan and Lady Macbeth says if he is going to kill Duncan he needs to do it that night. Lady Macbeth contrives a plan for Macbeth, and then he feels a lot more confident. Lady Macbeth plans to get all of the servants drunk and when Macbeth goes into Duncan’s room he kill him. After hearing the possibility of her husband being King, Lady Macbeth is confident that Duncan will die. Lady Macbeth hears the possibility of her husband being King, and she is going to do everything in her power to make sure that happens.

    In the pursuit of fulfilling the prophecy and achieving his goal of ultimate power, Macbeth loses sight of morality and justice attempting to receive success. In addition, the witches use this prophecy and goal of Macbeth in order to coax him into becoming a worse man in society. Believing in these prophecies told by the witches pushes him to do something so malicious… KILL! Not only does Macbeth need the achievement of this prophecy, he believes that through the killing of Duncan and assent to the crown, he will become a man in Lady Macbeth’s eyes, and finally be approved by her judgment. Macbeth kills and tries to show power to everyone around him to make himself seem as a strong and unbreakable figure.​

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