This is why it is difficult to determine which one of these two ismore guilty, because they each do their own part in committing the crime. LadyMacbeth would prepare the plan and then encourage Macbeth to go through with it. Macbeth did the actual murdering, he was also the first person who thoughtabout killing Duncan. Furthermore he did some killing on his own. Lady Macbethdid not have any involvement in these cases.
Based on these facts, Macbethwould be found more guilty than Lady Macbeth. The very first murder in this story was committed on Duncan. This crime wasplanned by both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The actual murder was done by Macbeth,making him more guilty of the crime. Lady Macbeth just talked about committingthe crime, but she never actually went through with it nor would she ever, andthat is all that counts. Talking about committing the incident is verydifferent from actually doing it.
Lady Macbeth did a little more than just talkabout it though. She also urged Macbeth into doing it and that is what makes herpart of this crime, but she is not as guilty as Macbeth. He really didn’t haveto listen to what his wife said. Macbeth had a mind of his own and he couldmake his own decision. The other murders that Macbeth was involved in were notcommitted by him, but were ordered by him.
The people who did the killing had nochoice, they had to do it, because they worked for Macbeth. Macbeth knew thisand was a bit more guilty in these murders then lady Macbeth was when she urgedhim. The idea of killing Duncan first came from Macbeth. Macbeth listened to thewitches prophecies that said he would become King. Macbeth did not want to waitany longer and he thought the only way to become King was to kill the presentKing; Duncan.
Macbeth later told Lady Macbeth about this and she just wanted tohelp him and do whatever she could for him, so that he would be happy and beKing. She was also excited about becoming a Queen so she pushed Macbeth forwardand did not let him back down from doing what he said he’d do. Macbeth had agood chance of becoming King if Duncan was out of the picture, so Lady Macbethhelped stage a plan so that Macbeth could kill him without being caught. LadyMacbeth wanted to do this for herself as well but she was mostly doing this forMacbeth because she loved him so much. Macbeth is a regular murderer throughoutthe play and is involved in a lot more murders then Lady Macbeth is. She wasonly involved in the murder of the King while Macbeth was killing peoplethroughout the whole story.
He killed lots of men fighting for the King, andlater on he killed the King. After killing the King he ordered some of his mento murder Banquo and Fleance, Fleance got away though. Later on through thestory when Macduff went to join Malcolm, Macbeth had Macduff’s family killed. Macbeth was a man that murdered far more people then his wife did. So he was amore guilty person then she was.
Through the story Macbeth got obsessed withkilling others and he wanted to kill more, while Lady Macbeth became so selfconscience that she went crazy and killed herself. Throughout the course of thestory it is tough to decide who is a more guilty person, but if you look at itthrough the eye’s of today’s law you will see that Macbeth is more guilty ofmurder. This is because he had killed a lot people before he killed the King,and when he did kill the King by himself Lady Macbeth had nothing to do with it. She only made a plan and told him to do it and that isn’t as bad as actuallycommitting the crime unless Macbeth was mentally ill.
Macbeth was not consideredmentally ill though because he went on to become King where he made decisions onhis own and ordered even more people to be murdered, and Lady Macbeth hadnothing to do with those murders at all.