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In this presentation, I will focus on who or what is responsible for the death of Duncan. The main characters that I suspect are Lady Macbeth and The Weird Sisters.

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Presentation - Speaking and Listening Assessment In this presentation, I will focus on who or what is responsible for the death of Duncan. The main characters that I suspect are Lady Macbeth and The Weird Sisters. The Weird Sisters or The Witches as they more commonly known, are the voice of fate and represent the supernatural. The fact that they are witches obviously signifies death or tragedy. The plot outline so far is that the witches foretell Macbeth that he is to be promoted to Thane of Cawdor and later be crowned King of Scotland. The witches also predict Banquo (a general in the army and also a good friend to Macbeth) that his sons are to be heirs to the throne. At hearing this news, Macbeth is anxious to find out more but Banquo is a bit reluctant at first. This scene is set in thunder and lightening which is negative and cold and indicates tragic events to follow. ...read more.

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In this scene, we learn that Lady Macbeth is a very evil woman, almost a fourth witch. We know this because she is the person who came up with the idea in the first place. In the evening, King Duncan arrives at the castle where Lady Macbeth who plays a very traditional womanly role, in contrast to what we learn about her earlier greets him. Macbeth leaves the dinner party and thinks about the situation. He feels guilt and he is very confused. This is the first time we see Macbeth in a state of panic as this is a complete contrast of what we learn about him at the beginning of the play. At the beginning, we learn that he is very brave and ruthless. Shortly afterwards, he is followed by Lady Macbeth who persuades him to stop being a coward and to be brave. The language she uses here very persuasive. For example, ' And live a coward in thine own esteem'. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that after killing King Duncan, Macbeth feels a lot of guilt. This is not what we expect because Macbeth is known to be a brave hero who fights for his country and who is very strong. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth, I think feels happiness as she is now going to become Queen of Scotland. This proves to us that she is an evil woman, almost like a witch. The settings in this play play a very important role because they help us create images in our minds to help understand the plot better. Overall, I think that the characters to blame for the death of the king are the witches. They represent the supernatural and they are the voice of fate and therefore caused the death of Duncan. They predicted Macbeth's future and told him he was to be king. If they had not done so, Macbeth would not have killed Duncan. However, Lady Macbeth has a huge role to play in the death of Duncan too. She used her persuasive language to make Macbeth carry out the murder. Without Lady Macbeth, Macbeth would not have committed the murder. ...read more.

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