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Is Macbeth morally responsible for the murder of Duncan?

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Is Macbeth morally responsible for the murder of Duncan? Macbeth is the last of the great tragedies set in 1606 by William Shakespeare. The play is about deceit treachery, treason and conspiracy and the fall of the noble Macbeth. Macbeth is tempted by evil. The story revolves around and based in Scotland in the 11th century. The play begins with a battle of epic proportions and the outcome of the battle will change Scotland forever. The first impressions the reader gets of noble Macbeth. At the start of the play there is a gigantic battle going on. Macbeth is portrayed as a loyal courageous general 'For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name.' With Macbeth's strength and bravery ' as sparrows eagles of the hare the lion' that's how fearless Macbeth is. He helps crush the uprising by Macdonwald then the King of Norway attacks and Macbeth 'Doubles redoubled strokes upon the foe' then defeats the Norwegian army. The king Duncan rewards Macbeth for his bravery and valour on the battlefield by giving him the Thane of Cawdor. The origin Thane of Cawdor sided with the rebels. So Macbeth inherits his title. Macbeth and Banquo leave the battlefield and upon their way back they meet the three witches. The witches know that Macbeth is coming to see them. The witches can see in to the future because they spoke about it in the first scene they are going to trick Macbeth because they are implacable. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth gives us an insight into her husbands character by saying he is 'It is too full o' th'milk of human kindness'. Macbeth has made a mistake at this point in the play by telling his wife because she is already plotting of a way to kill the king so her husband Macbeth can become king. In her speech to herself she is giving herself to the dark side 'And fill me from the crown to toe top-full the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty;' and aligning her self with the devil 'Pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell', which in those days when the play was written there was a lot of witch trails because people were scared of witches. So this would extremely evil. When Macbeth comes to the castle Lady Macbeth urges Macbeth to leave things up to her. Macbeth is unsure at this stage but his wife is. Macbeth still remains unsure about whether to commit the murder or not. Macbeth is clever and thinks of the implications of the murder of Duncan and him becoming king. Macbeth is saying that he should protect the king from murders not kill him himself 'Who should against his murderer shut the door' and the king as honoured Macbeth and macbeth likes that he has a good reputation 'He hath honoured me at late'. ...read more.

Conclusion

This really sticks in Macbeth's mind he wishes he could undo the deed, which he has done. But the completely opposite is Lady Macbeth who is calm and collected and tell Macbeth to pull himself together and put the daggers back with the guards 'Why did you bring these daggers from the place?' Lady Macbeth ends having to put the daggers back because Macbeth can not. When they are washing their hands Macbeth says there is not enough water to wash away the blood and Lady Macbeth is still thinking clearly ' My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white.' The witches right from the start they knew he had ambition and they played on it tricked Macbeth. Macbeth made a mistake by telling his wife about killing the king and she forced him to kill the king. Macbeth is portrayed as a murderer but actually he was tricked by the witches and led into the murdering Duncan by over ambitious Lady Macbeth. But after the body of Duncan is found when they all gather round and Macbeth's says how he killed the guards because he loved Duncan, so much which is over, top by the Macbeth is enjoying murder and becoming a cereal killer. But the witches led on Macbeth because they knew he had ambitions to become king and Lady Macbeth pushed him into but he was extremely remorseful when he killed Duncan. Macbeth is not totally responsible for the murder of Duncan only partly responsible. ...read more.

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