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King Duncan's Murder Marks the Beginning of Macbeth'sDownfall - who can be held 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? In "Macbeth", a play by William Shakespeare, The character of the title finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a web of lies, plotting, murder and madness, which eventually leads to his downfall and subsequent demise. But who is responsible for the tragedies of Macbeth? Is he purely accountable for his actions, a power mad, ambitious man, causing his own destruction? What of his wife, Lady Macbeth, who cajoles Macbeth into murder, persuades him to make his future happen, and scorns him when he shows signs of weakness? And right at the beginning, who gave Macbeth these previews of the future? What part did the witches play in Macbeth's unravelling? During the era that Shakespeare wrote Macbeth (the Elizabethan era), regicide was deemed the most disreputable breach of the law in this country, because the ruling sovereign had the Divine Right of Kings. This meant that the monarch had infallibility. The shocking nature of this play has, throughout time, upheld the need for someone, or something to be blamed for the motive of the murder of the ruler. ...read more.

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She is seen as simple and realistic where Macbeth is complicated and imaginative. She can see what must be done; he visualises the consequence Overcome By Ambition - When she calls on the powers of evil to unsex her and make her cruel, does this imply that she fears her own womanliness and realises the unnaturalness of the murder of Duncan? Is she, like Macbeth, just an ordinary human being overcome with ambition? Does she really lose her womanliness? Do the words; "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had don't" Imply that she is still a woman with a woman's tenderness? Does she show herself strong willed and more determined than Macbeth, as she argues and demands his agreement to the murder? Is she by exploiting his love for her when she makes his consent to murder a test of his love? Is she being cynical when she inverts logic and reality in asking him if he is afraid to be what he wants to be and in suggesting that to be a true man he must take what he wants? ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that maybe the witches did have a great influence on his actions. The killing of Duncan starts an unstoppable chain of events in the play that ends with the murder of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth chooses to murder Duncan. Macbeth, in the beginning had all of the qualities of an honorable gentleman who could become anything. This is all shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality. Although Macbeth is warned as to the validity of the witches prophesies, he is tempted and refuses to listen to reason from Banquo. Lady Macbeth cajoles her husband into taking actions to fulfill these premonitions in the mean time, testing his patience and accusing him of lacking courage. This bullying takes its effect, but Macbeth still could have walked away. When the second set of prophesies Macbeth receives begin to show their faults Macbeth blames the witches for deceiving him with half truths. While the witches are not totally responsible for the actions of Macbeth, they are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth which in turn fired up Macbeth's ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary chain of events. ...read more.

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