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King Duncan's murder marks the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. Who can beheld mostly responsible for this?

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King Duncan's murder marks the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. who can be held mostly responsible for this? King Duncan's murder is a pivotal moment in the play as up until this point Macbeth has been able to choose what would happen to him whether he would do the deed or not and after he has murdered Duncan there is no going back. Macbeth takes the choice to murder Duncan of his own free will and so most of the blame must be laid on him. This does not mean that some other people did not influence Macbeth to do the deed. William Shakespeare wrote this play in 1606 at this time James I (James IV of Scotland) just after the death of Queen Elizabeth. The king was interested in Scotland and witchcraft, which explains the themes of the play. ...read more.

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Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!'' ''All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!'' ''All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.'' This was could be taken as more than a hint as they are telling him out right he his to be king but they do not mention him actually killing Duncan. When Macbeth hears this he at first does not believe it but then the first prophecy comes true and he becomes Thane of Cawdor and his ambition begins to take over. The idea of killing Duncan doesn't really seem like a realistic idea to him until he talks to his wife and she has got the idea into her head "Macbeth: My dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight. Lady Macbeth: And whence goes he? Macbeth: To-morrow, as he purposes. Lady Macbeth: O, never shall sun that morrow see!" ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth had a really big part in persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan, as without her he would never have done the deed. I think that although Lady Macbeth and the Witches had a really big influence on the death of Duncan. It is Macbeth and Macbeth alone who can be held mostly responsible as he made the choice of his own free will and at any point up to the murder of Duncan he could have stopped and said no. The witches played a fairly big part as Macbeth would never have even thought about killing the king before they told him then they put the idea into his head and it stuck there. Lady Macbeth played a huge part of getting Macbeth to kill Duncan as she set everything up and all that had to happen was for Macbeth to pick up the dagger and stab Duncan and she also had to put a lot of effort into persuading him to do it. ...read more.

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