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King Duncan’s murder marks the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall. Who can be held mostly responsible for this?

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GCSE Coursework Assignment-Macbeth King Duncan's murder marks the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. Who can be held mostly responsible for this? Macbeth is a play that was written by William Shakespeare in 1605-1606. The main characters in the play are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Macduff and the three weird sisters. The play was set when James 1 was king. The play was written because William Shakespeare wanted to show people that they should not commit regicide, as it would please the king. He also wanted to show that it is hard to commit just one crime, once you have committed one crime it will lead to another. The play also show that if you do something wrong you will be punished for it. There were more than one character that were to blame for king Duncan's death, they were Macbeth who actually committed the dead, as well as Lady Macbeth and the three weird sisters. They all had something to do with his murder. Lady Macbeth had a lot to do with the murder of Duncan as she influenced him into committing the murder. Macbeth did say that he would "proceed no further in this business" but Lady Macbeth would not let him do so. She did everything she could to "screw his courage to the sticking place". ...read more.

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kills herself resulting in Macbeth not caring about his life saying that he is "but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage" and "that which should company old age, as honour, love, obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have", meaning that he has no friends or loved ones to be with him when he grows older. People in Shakespearian times would have believed in witches, so they would have had no problem about believing the demoniac actions of the witches. This is why they were described as things like "you secret, black and midnight hags". The witches have a dramatic effect on the play, the whole idea of witches would have made dramatic effect at the time when it was written as witches were so widely believed in and many people were scared at them so the fact that the witches are in the opening scene of the play would cause dramatic tension. The appearance of the witches would also have caused tension as the stereotypical view of what many people would have thought at the time and also thunder and lightening effects would have been used to add to the tension. In the play the witches played a big part in Macbeth's downfall, they used equivocation to encourage Macbeth to kill King Duncan because of the prophesies that they told Macbeth at the beginning of the play, "all hail Macbeth, that shalt be king here after". ...read more.

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Although he had not planned to meet the witches the first time he chose to meet them, he chose to meet them the second time and if he had not heard the second set of prophesies he may not have died and other people may not have been killed. It was Macbeth's ambition that caused him to commit the murder; he had free will so overall it was his choice in whether he committed the deeds. He was described as a tyrant many times in the play and even if it was the witches and Lady Macbeth that helped to encouraged him to carry out the original murder it was his choice after that. He may not have believed the witches if their original prophesy, that he would be the Thane of Cawdor, he went on to say later in the play that "this supernatural soliciting cannot be ill". Macbeth did not decide straight away whether he would kill Duncan, he would probably not have done it without the encouragement from Lady Macbeth but she did not force him. He did not want to kill King Duncan because Duncan thought very highly of Macbeth and he did not want to betray his trust. All these things resulted in Macbeth getting murdered by Macduff. The mixture of the witch's equivocation, Lady Macbeth's domineering character and Macbeth's moral judgements resulted in Macbeth's downfall. ...read more.

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