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Who do you feel can be held mostly responsible for the death of King Duncan? The play Macbeth is about a man changing from good to evil, greatness to eventually being killed. Macbeth at the beginning of the play is Thane of Glamis and has just beaten the Norwegians. On the way back to the camp they meet some witches that make prophecies that he is going to become Thane of Cawdor and King which change Macbeth completely. He becomes Thane of Cawdor and his wife pours evil thoughts into him. He murders the King Duncan and anyone who stands in his way, but Macduff knows what Macbeth is doing and builds up an army and eventually kills Macbeth. When this play was written, James 1 was king. This play would have pleased King James 1 because he hated regicides and to see Macbeth get his head cut off and put on a spike would scare people to even think of killing the king. Also most people believed in witches in those days which would make the play seem more realistic. The three main people to be blamed are Macbeth himself, Lady Macbeth, his cunning wife and the 3 witches that made the prophecies in the first place. Lady Macbeth could be mostly to blame because she told Macbeth what to do when he was in doubt. Lady Macbeth did not represent a stereotypical woman in the Shakespearian time because she was the more dominant person in the relationship and the man usually looked after the money and was head of the family. ...read more.


Also in this scene the witches know when Macbeth is coming and meet Macbeth and Banquo after their battle against the Norwegians. The witches told Macbeth about him becoming Thane of Cawdor and King and this made him curious: "Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more." This is what the witches tell Macbeth and tell Banquo that his son will one day become King. This is when Macbeth had first thoughts of evil and how the witches change him. After the witches speak they disappear which shows their powers and show the audience of their how important they are. Lady Macbeth explains her plan to Macbeth. He is impressed and carries on with the murder. He asks her: "If we should fail." She says: "We fail?" This implies that Lady Macbeth feels that it is inevitable that they should succeed. She has control over Macbeth in this part of the play. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth's letter out as a soliloquy. He speaks about the witches as the 'weird sisters' and the witches have now infected Lady Macbeth and poured evil into her like a poison. Between Act 2 Scene 1 and Scene 2, the murder has taken place which is the witches fault because if ideas of Macbeth being King had not been given to him this would not have happened. In Act 2 Scene 5 Macbeth has been chosen to been King: "The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth." ...read more.


Why worthy Thane." This shows Macbeth's doubt and that he is troubled, then Lady Macbeth boosts his confidence. After he has visited the witches he know feels stronger and much more powerful, because the witches have told him no-one born of woman can hurt him. When his wife committed suicide he did not show much remorse because he was already in trouble and was too confused to think straight: "The Queen, my lord, is dead." After this he was going to die and he felt as though he was invincible because the witches had said: "for no woman born shall harm Macbeth." This had made Macbeth very full of himself. In Shakespeare times people believe that before you were born you would have a pre-destination fate. So when the witches told Macbeth he would be king, he could have become king with out killing anyone. The king may have become ill and died, and his son would have been too young to be king, but we will never find this out! So Macbeth was trying to become king and therefore following his fate. Overall I think that Macbeth is to blame for the death of King Duncan because however much someone tries to make someone commit a murder, it is always the murderers fault, as he did not have to listen to his wife or the 3 witches. When the witches told Macbeth about him becoming King, they may have meant that Duncan might have died naturally. But instead he made an immediate reaction and started thinking in an evil way with tragic consequences. ...read more.

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