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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? In this essay I will be stating how the main characters could in some ways be held responsible for Macbeth's downfall and also why they did this. I shall also discuss how Macbeth's own ambition and certain events in the play assist in his downfall throughout the progress of the play. This play that Shakespeare has written, was firstly performed for King James I. James I would have enjoyed this play because it was all about murder, treason and witchcraft. He would have been interested in witchcraft because in Shakespearian times people believed in witches and also King James I wrote a book all about the subject called Demonology. At the time of Shakespeare, people would have believed in witches and witchcraft. James himself believed he had an experience with witchcraft after he was at sea and there was a terrible storm, which had, supposedly, been conjured by witches. In my view the main characters that can be held responsible for Macbeth's downfall are Lady Macbeth , Macbeth himself, the three witches, Macduff, Banquo and Duncan. This play was written to entertain King James I, who was interested in the main aspects of the play because it involved witchcraft, treason and murder. ...read more.

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was able to persuade Macbeth into killing king Duncan and she was able to do this because Macbeth loves and cares for her and so he trusts her. After the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth contributes to Macbeth's downfall by making up excuses for him at the banquet, this is when Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo sitting in his chair. An example of her doing this is in Act 3 Scene a, "...My lord is often thus and hath been from hi youth: pray you, keep seat, the fit is momentary, upon a thought he will again be well: if much you note him, you shall offend him and extend his passion: feed, and regard him not." This shows that Lady Macbeth is trying desperately to cover for Macbeth encase he tells everybody about the murder of Duncan and so she makes up lies, saying that he is feeling unwell. After this event people begin to think that Macbeth killed Duncan. Next I will describe how I feel the witches contributed to the downfall of Macbeth. Now I will discuss the witches' role in the downfall of Macbeth. In Shakespearian times people would have believed in the supernatural and also in them times people would have burnt witches at the stake if they were accused of practising witchcraft. In the play the witches are seen as not being human and being ugly and revolting, this is also true in the case of Polanski's version of the play where the witches are old and ugly hags. ...read more.

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Also when Banquo is killed, he hallucinates Banquo's ghost coming to haunt him and makes a fool of himself in front of everybody. He then tells Lady Macbeth that he has arranged to kill Banquo and he comments that she "marvell'st at my words". This shows that Lady Macbeth realises the sudden change in Macbeth's ways. In the play Macbeth is easily influenced to kill Duncan because he also wishes to be King and so he is tempted further by Lady Macbeth. Macbeth can be held responsible for his on downfall, this is because he continued to go back and see the witches, so he was interested in what they said. He also created his own downfall because he became addicted to killing people and so he had made it possible for anyone to come and kill him. I believe that the witches can be held mostly because they are the people that had the greatest effect on him. Although Lady Macbeth came very close to being the person responsible. I also believe the witches are responsible because they were the one that told Macbeth about the predictions and this is when Macbeth begins to create a downfall because he becomes obsessed with trying to complete or prevent the predictions made to him. I also felt this because if the witches hadn't of told Macbeth then he wouldn't have become King, well at least not by the way in which he did become king, which was the barbaric way. Natasha French 10H Page 1 ...read more.

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