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In this essay I will discuss the effects that the witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have on the " Rise and Fall of Macbeth "

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In this essay I will discuss the effects that the witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have on the " Rise and Fall of Macbeth ". Macbeth is at the beginning a succesful general of the Scottish army and when he wins a battle for Scotland and king Duncan hears of it he holds Macbeth in the highest respect calling him a ; " Valiant cousin, Worthy gentlemen " Macbeth is awarded the title 'thane of Cawdor' for his bravery. Macbeth hears he has gained this title when told by some witches before the kings servants have a chance to tell him. The witches also predict that he will be "king hereafter". Macbeth consults his wife and she uses psychology to push Macbeth in to killing King Duncan. Macbeth does kill the King and this is when his downfall begins . His good friend Banquo starts to be suspicious and Macbeth kills him without a second thought. Later he sees Banquo's ghost and he begins to go mad as so does Lady Macbeth and she commits suicide. Macbeth runs Scotland very badly and Duncan's son Malcolm comes to claim his throne. With the help of the English army Macbeth's castle is taken and Macbeth is killed by Macduff. As you will see in my outline of the play Macbeth committed a number of crimes killing King Duncan, Killing Banquo and attempting to kill Fleance I will examine these crimes in more detail and try and come to a conclusion of why Macbeth committed these crimes. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth takes him in hand saying; " Consider it no so deeply." This shows that she understands that if they think about it too much they will slip up and either be killed when being caught or kill themselves from going mad by guilt. She aided Macbeth in the murder she "drugged the possets" of the grooms, she laid the daggers all ready. All Macbeth had to do the actual murder. When Macbeth brings back the daggers which should have been left at the scene she takes them back and smears the grooms with blood. When she returns she finds Macbeth transfixed with the thoughts of blood and guilt she tells him to go and wash the blood from his hands but Macbeth fears for his bloodstained soul. Macbeth is now king and a short time has passed. Now Macbeth plans to murder Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth is afraid that the witches prediction for Banquo; " Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none:" He is afraid that this prediction will come true. Macbeth has changed in the sense that he does no longer ask his wife's opinion and he no longer needs to be persuaded to murder someone. But it is not he that will attempt to murder Banquo and Fleance he will ask some murderers to do it for him you might wonder why he does not do it himself after all he is a great warrior who is used to killing perhaps the answer lies in his reaction to killing Duncan or it may be that he does not want the risk of being found out, he has to persuade them to kill Banquo and Fleance. ...read more.

Conclusion

I suppose that his description is true Macbeth is dead and he did kill (butcher) a lot of people, but as for Lady Macbeth being his friend, I don't believe this to be true they seemed very distant and untrusting of each other. It is very different from the beginning of the play where Macbeth is described as "noble" among other good things. I think that they are all to blame but they come in an order Macbeth being the least to blame and the witches being the most to blame which leaves Lady Macbeth in the middle. If the witches hadn't of made predictions and suggested that he would become king then Lady Macbeth would never of pushed him in to killing the king. They predicted he would become king and if they had never of said that would he still of became king ? . I think if he would have become king it would not have been his doing. If the witches had never suggested it then he would never have done it. But Macbeth still went out and did it he was only Also I think if his wife hadn't of been so persuasive then he never of done it. Basically it was fate that he would meet the witches and they would make such accusations and it would just so happen that the king would be coming to stay that night making the perfect opportunity for the killing. The great tragedy of the play is of the kind of men Macbeth could have been and almost was, but forgot the contradictions in his character and his fatal mistake of giving in to his ambition. essaybank.co.uk ...read more.

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