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Discuss the statement "Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan".

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English coursework Discuss the statement "Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan" In this essay I will be discussing the statement "Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan" and deciding from the evidence I've gathered whether I agree with the statement or not. The first time Macbeth appears in the play is in Act 1, Scene 3, Macbeth seems to be a courageous and high ranked soldier because in the previous scene a captain describes Macbeth as "brave" and describes how Macbeth "unseamed" a slave. Also Banquo, a general (who appears upon the barren heath alongside Macbeth) says to Macbeth "My noble partner" so we've got quite a good picture of what Macbeth is like. Also upon the heath are 3 witches who say three prophecies for Macbeth:- "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!" "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!" "All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter!" After hearing the prophecies that he will become the thane of Glamis and Cawdor and become the king, Macbeth seems startled, shocked and scared of the prophecies, he doesn't say much and Banquo asks:- "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair?" ...read more.

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She is saying she wants to renounce her femininity and from head to toe be filled of murderous intent. She is saying she will do it herself and she s thirsty for murder. One of the reasons why she may feel like this is because she thinks Macbeth is not courageous enough to do it and she wants to overpower him and do it herself. This is an indication to me that Lady Macbeth wants power over Macbeth. She is naturally more evil than Macbeth but if she's alone she isn't because to me she can't survive without Macbeth. In line 67 Lady Macbeth says:- "Your hand, your tongue: look like th' innocent flower But be the serpent under 't" She is telling Macbeth to act innocent on the outside but to stay evil on the inside. Lady Macbeth thinks the murder is definitely going ahead but Macbeth has second thoughts and ends the conversation by saying:- "We will speak further" It seems as if Macbeth doesn't want to carry out the murder much at all, he conceals his real feelings he doesn't say, "I don't want to this anymore, lets forget it" he covers up his feelings. ...read more.

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But Macbeth goes along with the murder almost not at all for his personal benefit but largely because of Lady Macbeth using persuasive reasons as to why her husband MUST go along with the murder, here are a number of reasons why Macbeth must proceed with the murder largely down to Lady Macbeth. 1 Macbeth will be king and so be rich and powerful. 2 Lady Macbeth has threatened to leave him if he doesn't commit the murder. 3 Macbeth will be branded a coward by his wife. I think you'll find that the reasons not to go along with the murder far outweigh the reasons too kill him. By belittling him and persuading him Macbeth reluctantly goes along with the murder. But if Lady Macbeth wanted Duncan dead so badly why didn't she kill him herself? Also Lady Macbeth goes crazy about the murder and she didn't even kill him this tells me that she felt as if it was all her fault, Macbeth doesn't go as crazy Lady Macbeth - he goes on a killing rampage. In the end if you ask me, although it doesn't say this Lady Macbeth commits suicide, I think because she knows she was the real reason Duncan was killed and this proves it. Sion Brooks 10N LADY MACBETH HAS THREATENED TO LEAVE BUT WE ALL KNOW SHE WONT ...read more.

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