I need help writing a thesis for an essay about Macbeth. Is Lady Macbeth responsible for Macbeth's downfall? I agree with the statement.I am currently working on writing an essay. I have been given...

I need help writing a thesis for an essay about Macbeth. Is Lady Macbeth responsible for Macbeth's downfall? I agree with the statement.

I am currently working on writing an essay. I have been given the question, "How much is Lady Macbeth to blame for Macbeth's downfall? Is she responsible for Macbeth's demise? I just need help writing a thesis. 

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Thesis 1:

Although the thought of murdering King Duncan crossed Macbeth's mind, Lady Macbeth's persuasion skills are ultimately responsible for Macbeth's decision to follow through with the murder. 

Thesis 2:

Without Lady Macbeth's persuasion skills, Macbeth would have been too cowardly to follow through with King Duncan's murder.

Thesis 3:

Using shrewd manipulation and control, Lady Macbeth is the one ultimately responsible for convincing Macbeth to murder King Duncan. 

Macbeth had indeed changed his mind about murdering King Duncan. In Act 1, Scene 7, Macbeth expresses his decision to proceed no further in the business of murdering King Duncan:

We will proceed no further in this business.
He has recently honored me, and I now have the
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which I want to enjoy for a bit longer, and
Not cast them aside so soon.

Clearly, Macbeth has changed his mind. He is matter-of-fact in his decision to proceed no further in the murdering of King Duncan. Then, Lady Macbeth begins her manipulation. She begins to insult Macbeth's manhood:

Are you afraid
To be the same man in reality
As the one you wish to be? Would you have the crown
Which you believe to be the ornament of life,
And yet live like a coward in your own self-esteem,

Lady Macbeth continues to manipulate Macbeth. She finally convinces him to follow through with the murder. In Act 1, Scene 7, he finally agrees to murder King Duncan:

I’m convinced, and I commit
Every part of my body to this terrible event.

No doubt, Lady Macbeth is shrewd. She uses her gift of persuasion to convince Macbeth to murder King Duncan. 

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