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Do you agree that Macbeth himself bears the greatest responsibility for the events in the play Macbeth?

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Macbeth Essay Do you agree that Macbeth himself bears the greatest responsibility for the events in the play Macbeth? I disagree with this statement, because Lady Macbeth and the witches had a great deal to do with the murders in this play. I think that Lady Macbeth and the witches are slightly more responsible for the events in the play Macbeth, than Macbeth himself, because they all influenced him to carry out the deeds, and he might not have done them if he hadn't have been under their influence. Witches Supernatural forces are definitely a major factor in the play Macbeth. I believe the witches had a great influence on Macbeth throughout the play. In the opening scene the witches signal their intention to confuse appearance: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair". Macbeth then echoes this line in his first line of the play: "So foul and fair a day I have not seen", which gives us a warning that Macbeth senses that something is not right, his open expression of his thoughts lead us in to believing that events are going to take a strange unexpected turn. ...read more.


"O, never shall sun that morrow see" - This line shows us that Lady Macbeth is definitely planning Duncan's murder, and he will not see the morning light, and never will do. "Leave all the rest to me" - Clearly states that Lady Macbeth is taking over, and is in control of planning Duncan's death. She has taken over Macbeth's thought, which was not to kill Duncan, because he found no reason to. Lady Macbeth doesn't think Macbeth will go ahead with the plan, because he is not strong enough and is too kind. "It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness." Lady Macbeth then gives Macbeth some advice: "Look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't" Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he must look innocent, so no-one gets suspicious about their plan - which shows us what a cunning, deceitful character she really is. I think that at some point Lady Macbeth and Macbeth had a child of their own that meant a lot to them, and it died. I think this because when Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth the plan is off, she tries to get back at Macbeth by saying: "I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple ...read more.


the future and predicted the outcome but created a false sense of security in Macbeth, he believed it was his destiny to become king and that he would in the process become invincible. Their ability to conjure the apparitions would clearly have shaken any person, we must remember that this happened at a time when there was no TV or video and that a great deal of credence was paid to such people. Some might argue that the witches' prophecies were knitted in to the play to warn Macbeth of the consequences of his actions but we also know that Macbeth was also conscious of the consequences and so I believe that their part was to influence him and to play a part in making things happen. Finally, had Macbeth been a stronger person he would not have allowed Lady Macbeth to convince him to murder Duncan, he would have dismissed these thoughts altogether and argued against it and determined not to do it. Additionally a stronger person would have dismissed the witches' prophecies as hocus-pocus, a load of nonsense and would not have allowed what happened to prey on his mind and be influenced in such a way. Gemma Hughes 10E Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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