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.. y, she kept getting worse. Toward the end of the play she was sleep walking, pretending to wash her hands, trying to get the blood the Duncan off of her. When Macbeth asked the Doctor to heal her, he replied that because she was sick in the head, she had to heal herself. Then, shortly after, Lady Macbeth killed herself.

It is obvious that the murder of Duncan was emotionally to distressing for Lady Macbeth to handle. The murder of Duncan in Macbeth’s eyes, I believe, was kind of an awakening of his evil capabilities. Soon after the murder, Macbeth and his wife switched their personalities. Where Macbeth was scared and distressed before the murder, he was willing and eager to kill again very soon after. By killing Duncan, Macbeth slowly started eating away at any goodness he had left in him.

He was soon so evil that he ordered his friend Banquo and his son murdered. With these new killing fresh in his mind, he decided to cross the boundary into the realm of completely satanic behavior when he had Macduff’s family slain. It is clear that by simply murdering Duncan, Macbeth was able to set free all the evil urges he had inside of him, and thus, wreak evil havoc on all of Scotland. When Macbeth and his wife decided to kill Duncan, I do not think they had a clue it would transform their entire moral and psychological well-being. For Lady Macbeth, she went from being the instigator to simply becoming a recluse that could not control her guilt.

It was directly opposite for Macbeth. Before the murder, he was kind and very slow to come around to deciding to kill. Soon after though, he would hardly think twice before ordering more death brought to his land. Shakespeare showed us how powerful murder can be. Macbeth and his wife, I feel, were the two most important characters in the play. Their two personalities worked together to perform deeds that one or the other could not have done alone. Their actions shaped the remainder of the play and also changed their supporting characters’ lives. Without his wife behind him, Macbeth would not have become the king of Scotland. It was his idea to murder Duncan, but he could not have done it without his wife’s guidance.

Macbeth was too nice to commit the murder alone, and his wife knew just what to say and do to get Macbeth the courage to change his life. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and his wife form one of the most powerful duos in history. Throughout the play though, this all changes. Macbeth no longer needs the extra nudge from his wife to be able to put a life under the knife, and his wife, in return, is slowly becoming quiet and shameful. She is still a great help to Macbeth though.

When he sees Banquo’s ghost, she covers for him by saying that he is having another one of his headaches, and smoothly excuses the guests so Macbeth can get some rest. Without his wife at his side, I feel that Macbeth would not have been able to handle all he had going on in his life at the time. As the story progresses, we can see an even greater change in Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth is a full blown murderous psycho, and his wife is sleep- walking and having guilt-fed hallucinations. At the stage in the play where the doctor and Lady Macbeth’s servant see one of her fits, it signals the emergence of a new role for her. She is no longer her husband’s right hand, but she is instead her husband’s guilty conscience.

Macbeth is busy trying to keep Scotland from falling apart, so he has no time to feel guilt and repent his sins. His wife, I feel, has somehow become a vent for all the guilt that Macbeth refuses to identify that he has. She has somehow taken all of Macbeth’s guilt and made it her own. By becoming a vent for all of his guilt, Lady Macbeth is giving her husband the clear mind he needs to desperately cling to his failing country. It is said that behind every great man, there is a great woman.

In Macbeth’s case, this is definitely true. Now, Macbeth might not be what we would consider to be a great man, but his wife was surely used as both a catalyst and a crutch throughout the duration of the play. Without her, the play Macbeth would not even be worth studying. Throughout the course of the play, Macbeth had a lot of important decisions to make, as well as a number of outside forces contributing to his decisions. His fate, his conscience, his wife, and the witches were all important forces acting on him. In my opinion though, Macbeth was not affected by his fate, but it was his own free will that caused it.

From the opening scene of the play, the witches were already a part of the story. They informed Macbeth of his new title and then foretold him a surprising future. They told Macbeth that he would be king. This was a very open ended statement though. In no way did they tell Macbeth how he would become king, or how he should become king.

They simply told him that it was going to happen. Using this information, Macbeth then took his life into his own hands when he decided, along with the help of his wife, to kill Duncan. This single action changed the course of his life and thus, changed what some would call his fate. Besides the fact that Macbeth decided his own future by killing Duncan instead of waiting to see what would happen, the witches even told us that it had to be Macbeth’s own will that would drive him over to the dark side. The witches told us the story of how they were going to punish the fat woman by tossing her husband’s ship about the sea, denying him any time to rest.

They could not reach out directly and kill him, but they could punish his soul and his emotions. This is an example of what they are doing to Macbeth. They are punishing him, leaving him to wonder how, or even if, he will in fact become king. The witches did not put a spell on Macbeth to make him kill, they just stimulated his emotions and raised a questions deep within his soul that caused him to take action into his own hands and commit the life altering murder. There are many different paths in life that can lead to the same place.

Many people would explain that is a person’s fate. In some instances this may be true, but with Macbeth, I feel that it was his own actions and decisions along those paths that altered his final destination.