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Journal Entry #9: The Monster in Macbeth

In class, we had discussed about who the real monster is in this story. I still believe that Lady Macbeth is the monster in this case for several reasons. In the beginning of the text, you have Macbeth who is regarded as a respected individual as well as a war hero. On his journey home with Banquo, he meets three witches who prophesizes that Macbeth will become king. Macbeth then sends a letter to Lady Macbeth telling her of his encounter, never mentioning that he would take action to make this prophecy true. Lady Macbeth then pushes Macbeth to kill Duncan, as she comes up with the entire plan herself, when to execute it, and how to execute it. Not only that, but she even questions Macbeth’s manliness as well, as he is extremely reluctant to kill King Duncan. Macbeth then, succumbs to the pressure by Lady Macbeth and kills King Duncan, in which he begins to face extreme regret instantly. Lady Macbeth then places the blood on the guards as well to set them up. From this point forward, you see Macbeth being paranoid throughout the story. Therefore, Macbeth was pushed by pressure from his wife to commit the deed. Although later on in the text, Macbeth starts to become more confident and a monster as well, it had to first be initiated by Lady Macbeth. You can also take a real life example as well, with Charles Manson. Charles Manson fills a similar role as lady Macbeth, as he begins to grow followers, and tempts several other people to commit murders. Charles Manson himself had never killed anyone himself, however, we as a society view him as a monster. In fact, Manson was initially sentenced to death, but later was changed to a life sentence. In addition, he was denied parole several times as well, as he ended up dying in prison from a heart attack at 83. Based off this information and our society, we would have to classify Lady Macbeth as a monster.