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Is Lady Macbeth the driving force behind the death of King Duncan?

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Is Lady Macbeth the driving force behind the death of King Duncan? The play Macbeth is a tragedy about a battle hero who had a major downfall which was influenced by some of the characters. Macbeth was an honest and trustworthy man who was respected by his friends, the army and his king but this honesty turned into greed and ambition which are the main themes of the play. The play gives the messages that, jealousy can cause the worst of crimes and ambition can bring the mightiest low. The play symbolises the differences between light and dark The Witches represent the dark powers that have the capacity to influence men's decisions, but, more importantly, they are an outward representation of Macbeth's inner evil. Having said this, the brooding and mystifying darkness itself is a recurring motif in the drama and, like the Witches; it symbolizes the darkness in Macbeth's heart and the evil nature of his horrible deeds. King Duncan represents the light as he died an innocent man. Although Macbeth killed Duncan he was influenced by other characters such as the witches and Lady Macbeth, as at the start of the play Macbeth is a brave and honest hero but ends up a murder and a tyrant. ...read more.


of being a coward and questioning his manly hood: "When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man." (Act 1 scene 7 lines 49-51) When Macbeth decides to go through with the murder Lady Macbeth finishes of the plans and Macbeth leaves to go do the deed. Banquo has a feeling that something is wrong. Macbeth and Banquo meet and discuss what the witches had said; after Banquo retires Macbeth who is alone imagines he sees a blood-stained dagger leading him to Duncan's chamber. He talks to the dagger and then the bell rings and he goes through with the murder. Although Lady Macbeth doesn't commit the murder she panics and is excited at the same time but still stays in control. The reason in which Lady Macbeth cannot commit the murder is that the king asleep made her think of her father. Lady Macbeth has more presence of mind than Macbeth, and she manages to faint at the discovery of the king been murdered. ...read more.


A drum! Macbeth doth come." (Act 1 scene 3) They also use alliteration: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air" (Act 1 scene 1) Some characters use simile such as Banquo: "The earth hath bubbles, as the water has..." (Act 1 scene 3) Many of the characters language stay the same. Although I think that Macbeth has the best language once he has committed the murder his language started to deteriorate. Lady Macbeth uses imagery when persuading Macbeth to kill King Duncan creates a sinister, evil atmosphere. "I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out..." I think that Macbeth is driven by other forces beyond his control and had the opportunity not risen I don't think Macbeth would have killed King Duncan. I also think that Lady Macbeth only saw what would be in it for her and not the actual realisation of the murder it's self. If Macbeth hadn't seen the witches or if Lady Macbeth hadn't been told about the witches prophecies the murder wouldn't have happened. So I think that Lady Macbeth was the driving force but the witches also played a part in influencing Macbeth. ...read more.

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