Who's to blame?
There are many things to consider when thinking about who is to blame, for example:
- Whose idea is Duncan's murder?
- Who is the stronger - Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?
- Whom do we pity?
- Are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth a team, and if not, when do things change?
- He already harbours thoughts of the kingship.
- He willingly listens to the witches.
- He writes to his wife to excite her interest.
- He begins to back off when the plan has been hatched.
- He takes over the planning from Lady Macbeth.
- His speech is full of evil, threat and darkness.
- She is obsessed with the news sent by Macbeth.
- She immediately hatches a plan.
- Her speech is full of evil double meaning.
- She taunts Macbeth when he tries to back down.
- She takes the knives back to the servants after the murder.
- She tries to make everything normal again afterwards.
- They select their target precisely.
- They speak Macbeth's thoughts.
- They make him believe his greatest prize is near.
- They show him they have the power of prophecy.
- They torment him with riddles.