• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Is Lady Mac Beth the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Macbeth Is Lady Mac Beth the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan? Lady Mac Beth is the main driving force behind the murder. She persuades Mac Beth in doing this evil act. She overcomes all her womanly features and call's upon her spirits for help in doing this. She acts in an evil and unpropitious manner towards Mac Beth's failure in completing this evil act. Lady Macbeth is ready to sacrifice all her womanly features to complete this deed, but in Macbeth's case he is still unsure in doing this evil & unaccountable deed. Macbeth was surprised to receive such prophecies from the witches but at this resist moment he didn't worry about it as much as he does near the murder, "we will proceed no further in this business". Macbeth then writes a letter to his most gracious wife about the prophecies from the witches. Macbeth is then astonished to find that the prophecies from the 3 weird sister had been fulfilled, Ross and Angus had met them and told Macbeth of the glad tidings of becoming the new thane of cawdor. ...read more.

Middle

Macbeth has an opportunity after dinner to reflect about the slaying of his king. Macbeth knows it is a to bigger leap for him "which o'er-leap itself and falls on the other". Macbeth then makes a firm decision that he will not precede any further in this business. Lady Macbeth calls him a coward, insults his virility and claims that she would fulfil her duty if she had promised like Macbeth has, as she says: "I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his Boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this" Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth into doing the murder by the insults he gets from his wife. Macbeth and his persuasive wife discuss how they will carry out the murder and how they will act when they receive the news of King Duncan's death. Macbeth meets Banquo & Fleance in the courtyard, Banquo advances to Macbeth and asks "What, sir! ...read more.

Conclusion

If he do bleed, I'll guilt the face of the grooms withal; for it must seem their guilt." Lady Macbeth leaves the place to finish the murder. Macbeth is devastated with the sight of his hands "what hands are! Ha! They pluck out mine eyes." Macbeth stats "Will all great neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" Lady Macbeth returns from her business and stats "my hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white as yours" Lady Macbeth insults him again for his manhood and insult him by saying that if I had a heart so pure and as good as yours, I would have shame in me. Lady Macbeth then hears the knocking and tells Macbeth to change into his nightgown so it looks like we have been asleep. Macbeth then remarks "Wake Duncan with the knocking! I would thou couldst!" I conclude that Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind Macbeth as we have seen in several places and how she convinces him to carryout the murder. Lady Macbeth had plenty of ambition and her ambition was to force macbeth into doig the deed. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan" Do you ...

    And She accuses him of being a coward. Macbeth has weaknesses; he has a lot of pride in his manliness, Macbeth wants to prove to her that he is masculine. She constantly pushes Macbeth into the murder calling him names this proves herself to be a driving force.

  2. "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan" Discuss this ...

    Here she is saying that if she was as determined to do something, she would, as the example put it, "smash her own baby's head in, whilst feeding it". It is very effective as she is suggesting that she is more determined to see Macbeth King, rather than he is.

  1. "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan" Do you ...

    She makes him feel like he has betrayed her by breaking his promise. However, Lady Macbeth can be feminine. She is a loving wife, caring for her husbands needs only forcing him when she knows that he definitely can't do something for himself.

  2. Who was the driving force behind the murdur of duncan?

    The language used is ambiguous: "fair is foul, and foul is fair" It seems to tell us that people may not be as they seem: 'fair' can be used to describe a person as pleasant and innocent, 'foul' can be used to describe something as nasty and repulsive.

  1. Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan." Discuss this ...

    they didn't believe that a king should be murdered and that the women of the household is there just to and help man and they shouldn't be as dominant as lady Macbeth seems. Some people think that Lady Macbeth wants to become queen more than Macbeth wants to king but

  2. Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan!

    In scene 3 the witches appear again, and this time to speak strange prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo. Here Macbeth has another link to the witches when he arrives at the battlefield with Banquo, he is quoted as saying 'I've never seen a day so foul and fair' which is what the witches said in Act 1 scene 1.

  1. 'Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan'. Discuss this ...

    cover her tracks and for her not to be found out, "my knife see not the wound it makes". Here Lady Macbeth refers to the murder as her knife. This could show that she was intending to murder Duncan herself; however this cannot be as she would not need Macbeth,

  2. I believe that Lady Macbeth was the real driving force behind the murder of ...

    "Get on your night-gown, lest occasion call us, and show us to be watchers." The people knocking at the gate were actually Macduff and Lenox who had come to escort Duncan. Once they got in they were greeted by Macbeth who pretended to have been awoken by the knocking.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work