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Discuss who is to blame for the murder of King Duncan and Macbeth's downfall

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Discuss who is to blame for the murder of King Duncan and Macbeth's downfall Macbeth is a famous Shakespearian tragedy. In all of Shakespeare's tragedies, a truly good character eventually experiences a horrific event. These tragedies are caused by a fatal flaw in the character's personality, which for Macbeth is ambition, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other" Macbeth was written for King James, because a huge interest of his was the supernatural. It was written at a time when the audience would have mostly believed in things such as witches, witchcraft and magical powers. Because of this the play probably had a much more realistic and believable appeal, and would have had a much greater impact on the audiences. ...read more.

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This made Macbeth believe that what the witches had said to him was slowly coming true and that they were able to predict the future. The fact that the witches may have predicted Macbeth's future would have been very believable to an Elizabethan audience. Shakespeare paints the witches as being evil, devilish and malevolent by using language such as, "fog", "filthy" and "hover". He does this because back in the time when Macbeth was written, witches were believed to be very bad and almost sent by the devil and many people who were believed to be involved in witchcraft were burned at the stake and killed. The witches also said things to Macbeth which made him believe that he was invincible such as: "None of women born shall harm Macbeth", "Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him". ...read more.

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I also feel that Lady Macbeth had a huge influence on Macbeth and therefore contributed to the murder of king Duncan and Macbeth's downfall. This is because she was very close to him and Lady Macbeth was obviously the more powerful in the relationship: "That I may pour mine spirits in your ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round". Lady Macbeth spurred Macbeth on and convinced Macbeth to commit regicide and kill king Duncan by always questioning his manhood, she tells him that he's not a brave man and he's a coward: "When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were , you would be so much more the man". ...read more.

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