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Macbeth by William Shakespeare In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Lady Macbeth unconsciously uses Macbeth and others as a shield for guilt When she wants something but doesnt have the guts to perform the task herself she calls upon anyone but herself to do it She thinks that this will erase her conscience of any guilt it has on it but the shield is faulty The first and most obvious of all places where this shield is placed is in the first two acts where Lady Macbeth is trying to convince her husband to kill King Duncan and become King of Scotland She persuades by attacking Macbeths manliness Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself Hath it slept since And wakes it now to look so green and pale At what it did so freely From this time Such I account thy love Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteemst the ornament of life And live a coward in thine own esteem Letting I dare not wait upon I would Like the poor cat I th adage I vii 39-49 By doing this she manages to get Macbeth to kill King Duncan however in the end she knows she is just as guilty as he is Her guilt emerges in her visions of blood remaining on her hands The Thane of Fife had a wife Where is she now What will these hands neer be clean No more o that my lord no more o that You mar all with this starting V I 44-47 Another less obvious place where Lady Macbeth uses others to shield her guilt is when Banquo is murdered Both MacBeth and Lady MacBeth discuss their fear of Banquo knowing too much and Lady MacBeth resolves to do nothing and leaves the chore up to
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