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By careful study of the play decide, in committing Duncan's murder how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition; how far he is dominated by his wife's; and how far is influenced by the witches.

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Shakespeare Essay By careful study of the play decide, in committing Duncan's murder how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition; how far he is dominated by his wife's; and how far is influenced by the witches. In this Essay I will consider who influenced Macbeth. Do the witches put a spell on Macbeth to make him kill Duncan? Or when Lady Macbeth invites the spirits of evil to enter her, does this turn her soul into pure evil or do the witches take over her body? Shakespeare's 'Tragedy of Macbeth' is based on factual evidence. In Scotland in the 11th Century there was a man who reined called Macbeth from 1040-57. But those days where violent and troubled times and Lords and Thanes fought between each other. Claim to the thrown was a secure establishment compared to today. Even though William Shakespeare based his play on historical factual evidence, it could be just a coincident that a man called Macbeth is based on the real King Macbeth who lived in the 11th Century but Shakespeare might of wanted a Scottish name and liked the name of Macbeth. But that does not make the play really special, it is the fact that it is a tragic love story rolled into a horror in one. ...read more.

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He admits to the audience his thoughts "Black and deep desire" and calls upon the stars not to shine their light on his thoughts. After reading a letter from Macbeth telling Lady Macbeth about the witches and Duncan's visit, she vows to kill the king and persuades Macbeth to join her. A messenger comes to tell Lady Macbeth that King Duncan will arrive to night. She is excited and sees it as the perfect opportunity to make Macbeth King. She invites the spirits of evil to enter her and to take away her natural womanliness and to fill her instead with the worst of bitterness, wickedness and cruelty, She does not want any natural feeling of regret or convience to get in her way of what she intends to do. Also to hide her thoughts so not even the forces of heaven can see through "Blanket of the dark". She knows she has to steel herself to come up with a plan to help Macbeth " Unsex me here" Act 1 scene 3 line 40. But at the beginning of Act 1 scene 7, it is difficult to see what state of mind Macbeth is in. His words seem too decisive him, as he does not want to kill his Cousin and the King of Scotland. ...read more.

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which Macbeth does not have. She knew that her husband would take any opportunity that came his way but only if his honor were honest, and does not play falsely. He still wanted to be king even though it was not by right. She decides she will have to help him. The witches play upon Macbeth's weakness and so does his ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth thinks the witches' supernatural powers will help him but instead they lead to his downfall. They only told him of his own ambition would come true but they did not say how. It was Macbeth who harbored the ideas of kingship in his head and all the witches had to do was make Macbeth believe his greatest prize was near and that their propacy would help. Lady Macbeth part is persuading Macbeth to kill King Duncan is crucial. Her determination to make Macbeth king overcomes all his doubt. When Macbeth writes to his wife. Macbeths was ambitious but his concience was troubled by what would happen. He is clear about the reasons why he should not kill the King and the consequences it would have. But he is also tempted by the witches predictions which all seem to be coming true. When it comes to the night his better judgement is overcome by his wife's accusations about his lack of courage and her determination for him to be crowned King. Or you could say Macbeth was a victim of evil forces. ...read more.

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