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consider the actions of the characters that are said to be to responsible for Duncan's death

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The play "Macbeth" gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider reasons for the main character's actions. In this essay, I will consider the actions of the characters that are said to be to blame for King Duncan's death; they are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches. It is clear that at the beginning of the play Macbeth is a brave war hero with plenty of ambition. At the beginning of the play during a battle against Norway, Macbeth is told he fought bravely by his cousin King Duncan. This could mean that he is not to blame for the murder because it can be seen he's fighting for his country showing he is patriotic to his country, so why would he kill his king purposely as here he is fighting in battle for Scotland. However, King Duncan is Macbeth's cousin so he could be jealous that he is not the king and as a solider, it's his duty to protect his country and his King. ...read more.


Macbeth then says: "If chance will have me king, Why chance may crown me without my stir." Act 1 Scene 3 line 146 This shows Macbeth is willing to wait for the time in which he becomes King. Then again, why does Macbeth decide to murder Duncan instead of waiting for time to run its course? We can see that Macbeth is having doubts about his decision to kill Duncan. He says: "First as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murder shut the door, Not bear the knife myself." Act 1 Scene 7 lines 13 - 16 Macbeth is saying that he shouldn't kill Duncan, out of loyalty and because Duncan has been a good king, he says Duncan is a guest in my castle and we should be protecting him against murder. ...read more.


He can also be said to be weak as he doesn't want to kill Duncan, but he is persuaded by Lady Macbeth to go ahead with the murder as she calls him a coward so Macbeth does go ahead with the murder, this could be because Macbeth is seen as a "brave" warrior at the beginning of the play and he wants to be seen as brave in the eyes of his wife. After Macbeth kills Duncan he doesn't stop killing and he arranges to kill Banquo and his son and Macduff's family without the influence of anyone else. Thus, we can see Macbeth as "cold-hearted", not caring that he's killing innocent people so he can stay as King of Scotland and maybe it can be said that Macbeth has always been this type of person even before he murdered Duncan, showing he's the type of man who **************************************** ...read more.

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