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In committing Duncan's murder how far is Macbeth driven by his own ambition, how far is he dominated by his wife's ambition and how far is he influenced by the witches

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Macbeth Coursework 2002 In committing Duncan's murder how far is Macbeth driven by his own ambition, how far is he dominated by his wife's ambition and how far is he influenced by the witches. In the beginning of the play it is obvious that Macbeth is a hero but this is soon forgotten due to his wife and the encounter with the three very weird witches. At the very beginning of the play (Act 1 Scene1) it is clear that the witches have something planned for Macbeth "There to meet with Macbeth" Macbeth and his friend Banquo soon stumble across the witches (act1 scene 3). The witches all start to hail Macbeth with his current title "All hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of Glamis". Then they start to chanting and calling him the Thane of Cawdor and then "All hail Macbeth that shall be King here after". This alone must intrigue Macbeth as it's the dream of many people to become king. Macbeth is interested to find out more about himself and his future as he says "Stay you imperfect speakers tell me more". ...read more.

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She then finds out that Duncan is coming to dinner that night and plans to stay the night in Macbeths castle. Lady Macbeth calls upon demons to make her strong " Come to my women's breasts and take my milk for gall" This displays Lady Macbeths ambition and her desire for the murder and her strength of mind. Macbeth is reluctant to carry out Lady Macbeths plan as his conscience comes into play he makes it clear to Lady Macbeth he can kill at war but killing his friend who he has some feeling towards and is a fellow soldier would not be a good idea but then Lady Macbeth starts to taunt him " Was the hope sunk wherein you dressed yourself". Macbeth and Lady Macbeths relationship is strong but its clear by the body language and the way they speak to each other and its clear in the relationship she is in charge. Macbeth is already showing signs of regret (Act 2 Scene 2) "This is a sorry sight". ...read more.

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Macbeth goes back to the witches wanting to know more and they mix up this potion for him which makes him go all funny and he starts hallucinating and seeing images in the pool of water which is in front of him and he is told by the witches that "No human born of woman can kill him" so then he turns to the hard man believing this and at some point in the next scene he mentions he wont be scared until Burnham wood comes to Dunsinain and eventually it does with all the English soldiers with it they get in the castle and Macbeth kills some of the soldiers and then he has a final showdown with old friend Macduff and Macduff is near defeat and Macbeth lets him go and then Macbeth gets beaten by the baby that was ripped from his mothers womb and that baby is Macduff. This play has many different themes near the end I saw themes of evil, ambition and one of the biggest ones in my view was fate. THE END ...read more.

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