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Macbeth Who is responsible for the murder of king Duncan? The story of Macbeth dates back to around 1000 years ago. Shakespeare wrote this play in 1606 around this time a lot of things had happened to influence what Shakespeare wrote in the play Macbeth. One of the main events that persuaded Shakespeare to write the play was in 1605 when a man named Guy Fakes had plotted to kill king James and all the members of parliament by blowing up the house of parliament. This was known as the gunpowder plot, Shakespeare had been aware of this incident and was a close friend of the king so decided to write a play called Macbeth about the death of a king. ...read more.


Other people would say it was Macbeth's greed that leads him to kill the king. The witches maybe to blame for Macbeth killing king Duncan because the witches had predicted that Macbeth would be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. At that moment Macbeth already knows he is Thane of Glamis but is shocked with the other two predictions. I think from this moment Macbeth knows exactly what he has to do, at this point in the novel he thinks highly of the king and thinks it will be an act of treason to even think about killing the king. He also says " We will proceed no further in this business" meaning he did not want to think about killing the king anymore and him and his wife should not speak about it again. ...read more.


These are all key points in why some people believe that the witches were to blame for the death of king Duncan. Other people would say that lady Macbeth is responsible for the death of the king because when Macbeth writes the letter to lady Macbeth telling her about what the witches had predicted for him lady Macbeth thinks from then that the only way Macbeth will be king is if he killed the king himself but she knew that her husband was loyal to the king and she says that "he's heart is too full of human kindness". Lady Macbeth taunted and teased Macbeth into killing the king she did this by saying " Was the hope drunk... hath it slept since and wakes it know". I think that lady macbeths taunts is one of the main reasons why Macbeth did kill king Duncan. Sheridan Kawley ...read more.

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