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Is Macbeth a cold blooded murderer or

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Is Macbeth a cold blooded murderer or a man possessed by supernatural events beyond his control? Is Macbeth a cold blooded murdered or a man who cannot control his actions. Macbeth was a brave soldier who fought for his country but everything changed when he met the witches. Are the witches responsible for the murders carried out by Macbeth? I am also going to look at the evidence of the witches influence. Did the witches really know what was going to happen? Was Macbeth responsible for the murder of King Duncan? What part did Lady Macbeth play in the murder? In doing this essay I am going to find out if Macbeth was a cold heartless murdered or if he was controlled by the witches. Macbeth was a brave and ambitious soldier who fought for his country. He showed a lot of strength and courage. At the beginning of the play there is a war going on. Macbeth and his good friend Banquo are fighting for their army. The Scottish army have won the war and new gets back to the King that Macbeth showed bravery. King Duncan asks Ross to call Macbeth over as he is going to be titled 'Thane of Cawdor' Act 1 scene 2 65 - 67 "No more that Thane of Cawdor. And with his former title greet Macbeth." The King appreciates what Macbeth has done. In Act 1 scene 3, there is a sign of evil as there is thunder on the moor. The witches are preparing the meet Macbeth who is travelling with Banquo towards the King's camp. Macbeth doesn't know he is going to be given the title 'Thane of Cawdor', but the witches tell him. ...read more.

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An Elizabethan audience would believe that Macbeth could see a ghost as they would be more superstitious than a modern day audience. They would fell sorry for Macbeth as he was being haunted. A modern day audience wouldn't believe in ghosts coming back to haunt people as they wouldn't be very superstitious or believe in ghosts and witches. Lady Macbeth criticises Macbeth and says he is weak. She doesn't seem to be very understanding or sympathetic. She is much more masculine and emotionless. She doesn't have any feelings. She is cold blooded at times "Feed, and regard him not you a man?" line 59. In Act 3 scene 5, the witches meet again. This time their Queen Hecate is present. She scolds them for speaking to Macbeth. Later on in Act 4, Macbeth meets the witches on the moor. He makes them promise to answer his questions. The witches tell Macbeth to beware of Macduff "Macbeth! Beware Macduff. Beware the Thane of Fife" line 71. This is because they know something will happen and Macduff is a threat to Macbeth. They also tell Macbeth that everyone not born of a woman naturally can harm him "The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" line 80. The last of the prophecy is that "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until great birnam would to high Dunsinan Hill shall come against him" line 92 - 94. This means that he will only be destroyed when the woods move to the hill. He thinks the witches are talking rubbish. He thinks that he is invincible and cannot be destroyed. Macbeth has become very big headed. He is being driven by greed and power. ...read more.

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He shows a lot of courage. "Yet I will try the last" line 61. He carried on fighting until the end. He was very strong and brave. Evil is finally defeated when Macbeth dies. Macbeth was a cold blooded murderer because he killed Banquo and Macduff's innocent family and wasn't bothered at all. He didn't show any emotional guilt. Macbeth was also influence by the witches as when he was given his prophecy of becoming King he became greedy. He wouldn't have killed Duncan if he hadn't had the witches. After the witches first prophecy had come true he thought they had real powers and met up with them again. This time the prophecy is to beware of Macduff, so he murders Macduff's innocent family. Macbeth was influenced by the witches a lot as he did whatever he had to by murdering people who were in his way to get what he wanted. Macbeth really thought the prophecy was real and the witches had power. Macbeth was also influenced by his wife too, but after becoming King of Scotland he became confident and decided things for himself. Overall, I think that the witches influenced Macbeth as in Elizabethan times people believed in witches. Macbeth would have never believed that the witches had powers and that they knew what was going to happen in the future. As they believed in witches he would have been influenced by them. A modern day audience wouldn't believe in witches and would think witches are superficial. They wouldn't be able to understand why Macbeth would think that witches had powers. Humans that are very greedy and too ambitious can ruin their life like Macbeth did. He died in the end because of his greed and ambition. He was a tragic hero. ...read more.

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