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Is the Welfare State Desirable?

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TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU JUDGE LADY MACBETH SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ASSASSINATION OF DUNCAN? William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" was first performed in the year 1606 it is a play which was set in Scotland, 1040 and it is one of the four great Shakespeare tragedies .The first main plot within the play is the assassination of Duncan, at the time the King of Scotland. It is Macbeth who physically had murdered him, however, it is conveyed the murder of Duncan was solely the responsibility of Lady Macbeth, his wife. It is definite to say that Lady Macbeth was a great and dominating factor, which led to the assassination but to say that it was solely her responsibility, would be incorrect. There were several other factors that led to Duncan's murder. Even though without the contribution of Lady Macbeth, the murder may have never taken place, her influence alone would not have resulted to the death of Duncan. One of the major factors, which led to the murder of Duncan, was the pure drive and ambition shown from Macbeth; at heart he was a loyal man, he was patriotic and was an honourable man. However, was eventually drowned by his weakness, his ambition to become powerful. It was always clear that Macbeth had great ambition: "Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires"; indicating he always had dark desires, which can be seen as his desire to become King. ...read more.


When she says that it is a "fatal entrance" she has already planned that she is going to kill Duncan, demonstrating her purposes and plans for him. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth's ability to remove all forms or guilt, remorse and purity from her body and mind is a key factor. She says "stop up th'access and passage to remorse" this allowing her no reason why she would not be able to assassinate Duncan. She shows the audience how she is able to remove emotions and does not have to worry about her conscience working on her. This is instrumental as Macbeth says "Without my stir" giving a clear idea he will not be able to kill or perform any acts of crime in order to get where he was prophesized. It is his conscience which is stopping him; Lady Macbeth is able to completely remove this conscience state of mind, she feels no remorse, this is important as it is this fact which does not allow Macbeth get past Duncan. As Lady Macbeth is able to bypass this feeling, she will be able to do what is necessary to commit the murder. In addition, her ability to manipulate Macbeth and control him through knowing his thought of mind so well proved important. Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth is a kind person; and his real weakness is his ambition. ...read more.


There have been several reasons as to why Duncan was assassinated and as to why Macbeth had become King. However stating that it was Lady Macbeth's fault alone would be the wrong conclusion to reach. If Macbeth did not have the compassion for power and ambition to become great, then he could never have been persuaded from the first instance .His good nature and good values meant he became blinded of how the outcome was achieved; it proved a much simpler task for Lady Macbeth to manipulate and persuade him. Furthermore the witches also played a major role in the assassination. They planted the first seeds of thought to claiming the throne into Macbeth's mind, and inevitably started to believe that he would become the King. Moreover, the role of Lady must not be forgotten. Without Lady Macbeth tempting and persuading Macbeth into killing Duncan for the throne, he probably would not have committed the murder. Furthermore, Duncan himself would have led to his own downfall with his foolishness. It was a combination of all of these factors that led Macbeth to murdering Duncan. Thus, it is clear to come to a conclusion that Lady Macbeth played a large contributing factor that resulted in the assassination of Duncan, however, her actions alone would not have resulted in Macbeth killing Duncan; it was a result of a culmination of all these factors. Therefore it is clear to say the Lady Macbeth was not solely responsible in the assassination. ?? ?? ?? ?? Neil Gujar ...read more.

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