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

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A.M.D.G Macbeth Coursework Rizwan Osman 22nd May Question: By careful study of the play decide, in committing Duncan's murder how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition; how far he is dominated by his wife's; and how far he is influenced by the witches. The play Macbeth, gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider the reasons for the main characters actions. In this essay I will firstly look at how Macbeth is driven by his own ambition and secondly how he is influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth and the witches. It is clear at the beginning of the play that Macbeth is a brave war hero and that he is the King's cousin. We have evidence of this by the Sergeant who says, "Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name." As I will look at further in this essay, could it be that Macbeth was fed up of being a warrior? We then see that Macbeth wants to believe the witches predictions. We see this when he says himself," Stars hide your fires! ...read more.


From then on she plans the murder of Duncan. The first quote that shows the influence of Lady Macbeth is that when she says, " Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it." Lady Macbeth then questions Macbeth's weakness and persuades Macbeth to have the strength to commit the murder. For Lady Macbeth to persuade Macbeth to commit the murder, she first had to use strategies. One of these strategies was praise. A good example of this is when Lady Macbeth says that Macbeth is brave and strong but still in the presence of his wife, Macbeth shows himself to be a weak man and basically, Lady Macbeth plans the murder for him. We also see that Macbeth does not know how to get rid of the blood on his hands but Lady Macbeth says," A little water clears of this dead." This shows that Lady Macbeth is washing the blood of her hands but at the same time is organised. Lady Macbeth is not feeling the same regret as she treats the blood on her hands not as a mark of something evil but something that will come off with the aid of water. ...read more.


We see that Macbeth is so influenced by the witches that he is hypnotised by what they tell him. In conclusion it is clear that throughout the play, we find Macbeth�s character changes. At first he appears to be a brave and honourable soldier. However, his character proves to be more complex. There is a darker side to him; his weakness, his greed and ambition leads him to murder the king. The weak side of his nature lays him open to manipulation by his wife. His thirst for power drives him on. He is eclipsed by the ruthless side of his nature and is driven to commit more atrocious murders to further his ambitions. We have learnt that Macbeth was not a person who was predictable or to be underestimated. In conclusion, to make it easier to understand the play of Macbeth and what makes it a good play, you have to understand Macbeth himself and by describing how Macbeth is driven to commit Duncan's murder by ambition, his wife and the witches, you can see that Macbeth was not an evil person at all but a person who was driven by forces. ...read more.

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