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Is Lady Macbeth To Blame For Macbeth Killing Duncan Or Would He Have Done It Without Her Persuasion?

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Is Lady Macbeth To Blame For Macbeth Murdering Duncan Or Would He Have Done It Without Her Persuasion? For this essay I am going to discuss whether Macbeth murders Duncan because of Lady Macbeth's persuasion or if he was greedy and ambitious enough to have murdered him anyway, given time, in order to become king himself. I am going to approach the question by considering Macbeth's character throughout the scenes and looking at what he says and does and what others say about him. Also, I'm going to look at Macbeth's soliloquies including when he first had thoughts of murder, just after he is announced as Thane of Cawdor and when Malcolm is announced Prince of Cumberland. Also, I will consider the relationship between him and Lady Macbeth. The play was set in 1040, although Shakespeare wrote it in 1606. The opening was very important because it set the atmosphere for the rest of the play. At the time it was written, the Elizabethan audience would have been very scared of witches and anything supernatural. ...read more.

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Firstly, they promise Macbeth that he would become the Thane of Cawdor and 'hereafter king'. They turn to Banquo and promise that, although he won't be king himself, his children will be. They both react quite differently to how the witches present the prophecies. Banquo seems to take it in his stride because the prophecy doesn't directly affect him but pertains to the distant future for his children. Whereas the prophecy regarding Macbeth was more immediate and also was more fantastic in scale as a man like him wouldn't expect to be crowned king. This shook Macbeth momentarily as it was more than he had imagined possible. Especially in the fact that the Thane of Cawdor was still alive, as was the King. Banquo noticed how Macbeth was consumed by his thoughts one minute then, in the next, inquisitive of where the information came from. Once he had been told by Ross that he was the Thane of Cawdor Macbeth seemed to accept that it was inevitable that he would be King. ...read more.

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He is torn between loyalty to the King and what he believes is his fate. Despite all of the above, he carries out his grim task because he is easily influenced, firstly by the witches and then by his ambitious wife. His wife persuades Macbeth to go through with Duncan's murder by manipulating his feelings. Namely, calling him a coward ('and live a coward in thine own esteem'), threatening to leave him and attacking his masculinity. There is a fine line between her being clever enough to persuade Macbeth and him being weak enough to fall for it. I don't think Macbeth is a weak person per se, but he obviously can't resist the temptation of being King. It's interesting that, considering how strong and mighty Macbeth is in battle, he is unable to contradict his wife. Going back to the original question, I believe that Macbeth wouldn't have killed Duncan of his own accord because of the apprehension he displayed during his soliloquy. If Lady Macbeth hadn't intervened then I'm sure he would have backed out because he wrestled with his conscious that King Duncan was a great and kind King and did nothing but praise Macbeth. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charlotte Donovan Centre Number: 68303 Candidate Number: 4334 ...read more.

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