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

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By careful study of the play "Macbeth" decide, in committing Duncan's murder how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition; how far his wife dominates him; and how far he is influenced by the witches. The play Macbeth is a story of ambition and revenge. The two main characters are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth who is currently "Thane of Glamis", is taken over by his own ambition to become "King" and rise to top. Lady Macbeth is a very mixed up character with a very misleading personality, she is also another character who wants to rise to the top, and have power quickly, instead of waiting for it. Other main characters in the play are the three witches. The three witches in the play are very stereotypical. For example they sit round a cauldron chanting the famous lines "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble". Another example is that the witches are evil as are most witches. The witches play very devious and stirring characters, who in the play, help to drive Macbeth and his partner, Lady Macbeth, to insanity, and eventually death. At the beginning of the play it is obvious that Macbeth is a brave war hero, we also find out he is Duncan's cousin because Duncan says "O' valiant cousin, worthy gentleman." ...read more.

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This would have shocked a Shakespearean audience because it would not have represented a "stereotypical" Shakespearean women, because in those times a women would have been very feminine, and would not have talked about killing, especially killing the King. Lady Macbeth's main role in Duncan's murder is to try and persuade Macbeth to actually kill him. In the end she turns to insulting Macbeth and using reverse psychology. She says to Macbeth "Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour, as thou art in desire?" She is basically saying, "Are you scared to realise what you are, and what you want, and are you scared to realise your ambitions?" She also says "Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem" In this quote she tells Macbeth that if he does not pull off the murder he will have to live as a "Coward" in his own self esteem. Both of these quotes show hints of insults and reverse psychology, they also show that Lady Macbeth helped drive Macbeth to kill the King. When you first meet Lady Macbeth she seems an extremely strong and independent women due to her opening soliloquy. ...read more.

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Tell me more." I think that the witches told Macbeth their predictions because they wanted him dead. I think this because if Macbeth hadn't of gone to see the witches he wouldn't have had any reason to kill the King, but as a consequence of killing Duncan he was killed. Even though the apparitions said that "For none of women born shall harm Macbeth." Macduff, the person who killed Macbeth, was born a caesarean; I know this because Macduff quotes "Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped." So this quote also shows that the witches were telling the truth, but had a tenancy to not tell Macbeth the whole truth. But the witches did give him a slight clue that they might not be telling the whole truth, because they said "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" This means that appearances are often deceiving, like Macduff for example, Macbeth wouldn't have known that he was a caesarean if Macduff didn't tell him. I find the end of the play quite ironic compared to the beginning of the play, because at the beginning Macbeth is described as a "War hero", but at the end his downfall made Macduff the hero. Sought of like Macbeth the "Hunter" has become the "Hunted". ?? ?? ?? ?? Joe Franco/11w1/English Coursework/Mr Wood ...read more.

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