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Imagine that i am Macbeth and explain my felings during the tense and difficult time of killing King Duncan.

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in my essay, i am going to imagine that i am Macbeth and explain my felings during the tense and difficult time of killing King Duncan I want the crown yet i fear the consequences of my terrible deed. I want the crown i do. I am not denying that being king has never crossed my mind after the witches prediction where they hailed me ''king hereafter''. but i know that it is wrong. My wife is much more ambitious than me and will do anything to become Queen. That is what i fear the most. I told her that ''we will speak further'' but that just makes her more anxious to become queen. I do not wish to kill Duncan. I am his protector. Itoo, if i commit the crime will be the same as the traitorous Thane of Cawdor who had this title before myself. The wierd sisters do frighten me. Their prophecy was so strange. How could they possibly know about my becoming of Thane of Cawdor? Surely they must be conspiring with satan. I think I amy be going mad.I saw a dagger leading me to Duncan's room to commit thisterrible crime. Its all imaginary though. ''theres no such thing. its the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes''. Iam not sure whether to consider this as a good sign or not. Its leading me to Dunacns room - surely this must mean that I was meant to do this. ...read more.

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They inform Macbeth he will be Thane Of Cawdor "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee", king of Scotland "All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hear after". They tell Banquo his descendants will be kings "Of noble having of royal hope". Peoples views and beliefs on witches in Elizabethan times was very widespread. Practice of witchcraft became punishable by death. James I would have enjoyed the play Macbeth because of Macbeth's decline when listening to witches. Macbeth's first words echo the witches "so foul is fair a day I have not seen". This suggests that Macbeth is already in tune with the way the witches think. Banquo thinks that the witches are evil "What! can the devil speak true?". However Macbeth wants to know more of this "strange intelligence", "Would they have stayed!". This is exactly what macbeth wants to hear because it is his ambition to become king. Banquo warns Macbeth of the witches "instruments of darkness" these are prophetic words "I win us to our harm". The soliloquy beginning "Two truths are told" which shows that Macbeth's first prediction from the witches has come true being Thane Of Cawdor. Macbeth then begins thinking about the witches third prophecy " the greatest is behind" and what he needs to now to become king. At this point the first word of murder is said by Macbeth. After a lot of thinking "why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature?" ...read more.

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Ross warns Lady Macduff, but it is too late: she and her son are murdered. Ross arrives and informs Macduff of the slaughter of his family. Malcolm informs Macduff that England will provide an army under Seyward to defeat Macbeth. Macduff vows to personally kill Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is now ill: sleepwalking and talking in her sleep. The English army marches on Macbeth who fortifies his castle at Dunsinane and prepares for a siege. Malcolm orders the bough's of trees to be cut down and used as camouflage - hence anticipating the prophecy "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him". Macbeth hears a scream and learns his wife has died- apparently by suicide- but he is unconcerned "Signifying nothing" : his life appears to lack any meaning. However, he is enraged by the next message he receives. Birnam Wood is coming to Dunsinane. His army is losing but nobody seems to kill Macbeth: he kills Seywards's son in combat. Then he meets Macduff. They fight, but upon learning that Macduff is not born of a woman- he was born by cesarean operation - he loses his courage and refuses to continue. Macduff baits him and they engage to the death- Macbeth is killed. In the opening scenes Macbeth is described as "brave", "valiant", and "heroic!", and is even described as "noble" by king Duncan. Throughout the play Macbeth changes dramatically into a murdering "lying" "fiend". Ambition and greed get the better of Macbeth, as he only has one thing on his mind to become King. ...read more.

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