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In the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare the play is set in Scotland where, at the time a war is going on between the Scottish and the Norwegians, therefore the atmosphere is bloody, sweaty and gloomy.

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In the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare the play is set in Scotland where, at the time a war is going on between the Scottish and the Norwegians, therefore the atmosphere is bloody, sweaty and gloomy. It's not a romantic play or a sad play this is a tragedy. This means that, not only one person dies, a lot of people die in order to save or help others. This is a play where the strong and the cunning succeed and take power, but when reading Macbeth remember once your King and powerful there is nothing else to achieve other than defending your territory. It's as good as it gets for Macbeth and things said or predicted to Macbeth, seem to have surprising and mischievous meaning. Macbeth seems to believe and trust others, rather then trust himself and people close to him, people he could trust before seem to get pushed away. After King Duncan was killed, things began to get really bad for Macbeth. This could make the King, at the time James I, look more respectable and more precious because people would think if you kill the King bad things would begin to happen. This would have pleased James, because not only was Macbeth tampering with the chain of being, but also the king was being killed (regicide) by his own people, so that would have entertained him further. In all of the Shakespeare plays the main character always has a flaw in their character, e.g. ...read more.

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Macbeth first meets them after the battle against the Norwegians and they first predict that he will be Thane of Cawdor and then later on the King. At first he cannot believe this, but when he finds out he is Thane of Cawdor, which is out of pure coincidence, Himself and Banquo are surprised. Banquo says, 'Can the devil say the true?' in disbelief. This shows us that they did not expect the witches to be telling the truth. After this Macbeth seems to be astonished and Banquo points out, 'Look how our partner's rapt,' which shows us Macbeth is deep in thought about the third Prophecy. Therefore, we could argue that the witches make him feel, that he will be King and it is also his destiny. He is always thinking about the prophecies after this and drops hints to Banquo, e.g. 'Let us speak our free hearts to each other.' He is trying to see whether Banquo is on the same wavelength as him and also whether he is interested in helping. It also shows his great interest and desire for the throne. However, we could argue that the witches put real ideas to him that were already in his head. He has great ambition and may already want to be king, so the witches therefore could not be totally responsible and just act as a catalyst. We can it is quite easy to resist the witches as demonstrated by Banquo. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth is his kinsman, one of the elite and one of his generals. He is his subject, and should not murder his ruler if he has doing nothing wrong. He is also the host and should prevent someone murdering him and not do it himself. He also says,' He hath honour'd me of late,' which is saying he has received the title of Thane of Cawdor. He says that he should enjoy all the praise he receives and should not throw it all away. All this shows us that Macbeth is simply too intelligent to be a puppet, being used, he is aware of all the consequences and wants to be king. Also, he could have backed out at any point. There are many opportunities when he allows Lady Macbeth, to push around like a domineering mistress. When he first meets her, he could have said to her that he was not prepared to take extreme measures or right until the end he could have backed out. So I feel Macbeth is mostly responsible for killing Macbeth. Yes, there were many factors, which helped, but he was a weak man who let people and ambition take over his mind. I think the two other factors, the withes and Lady Macbeth, acted a catalyst towards the murders and he needed to take responsibility for his own actions. He had enough he was a respected man, a main hero in Scotland, but this wasn't enough he wanted power too and wanted to be able to control Scotland. It's a bit ironic as others controlled him more, rather then him controlling his own actions. ...read more.

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