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In the year 1040, the Scottish king Duncan was brutally murdered - Where do you think the blame lies for this evil deed?

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In the year 1040, the Scottish king Duncan was brutally murdered. Where do you think the blame lies for this evil deed? 'O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee.' The great king Duncan has been murdered, we know that Macbeth is physically responsible for this atrocious action. However we do not know who is spiritually accountable for this 'deed'. There are three possibilities - the supernatural, Lady Macbeth, or Macbeth himself. The Supernatural must be considered as the prime instigator of the evil in this play. The Three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play. They narrate to Macbeth three prophecies by hailing him three times. The first witches' prediction was "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee. Thane of Glamis" This does not surprise him, because he is what they 'hailed' him by. However the second witch prophesises "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" This in fact, does come to Macbeth as a 'bolt from the blue' because he is not what she called him by. Most shockingly, the third witch shrieks "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter" This last prediction is the root from which all of Macbeth's future actions stem. ...read more.

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After the witches confront him with their three prophecies, he does not at first ponder on them with great detail. However, as soon as the second prophecy is proven then Macbeth relies on fate to assure him of his third and final prediction, in the same way as he did for the first two. When Macbeth learns, that Malcolm is to be the 'prince of Cumberland', he quickly realises that the only possible way of his third prediction coming true would be to resort to violence. Although the thought of murder dawns very quickly on his mind, so do the consequences of failure. Macbeth calls on the stars to hide his 'black and deep desires'. From this we can tell that he is planning something unnatural and does not want his ambitions to show up. He is ashamed of such thoughts. Macbeth is in a state of mental torment for many reasons. 'First I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed and then as his host who should against his murder shut the door, not bear the knife myself.' 'This Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office that his virtues will plead like angers' From the above quotes we can see that firstly Duncan is Macbeth's Kinsman, King and guest, and therefore the murder would be triple treachery. ...read more.

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She was also excited about becoming a Queen so she pushed Macbeth forward and did not let him back down from doing what he said he'd do. Macbeth had a good chance of becoming King if Duncan was out of the picture, so Lady Macbeth helped stage a plan so that Macbeth could kill him without being caught. Lady Macbeth wanted to do this for herself as well but she was mostly doing this for Macbeth because she loved him so much. Throughout the course of the story it is tough to decide who is a more guilty person, but if you look at it through the eyes of today's law you will see that Macbeth is guiltier of murder. This is because he had killed a lot people before he killed the King, and when he did kill the King by himself Lady Macbeth had nothing to do with it. She only made a plan and told him to do it and that isn't as bad as actually committing the crime unless Macbeth was mentally ill. Macbeth was not considered mentally ill though because he went on to become King where he made decisions on his own and ordered even more people to be murdered, and Lady Macbeth had nothing to do with those murders at all. MOHAMED PANCHBHAYA 11L 02/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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