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Lady Macbeth is most to blame for Duncan's murder. Discuss.

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Lady Macbeth is most to blame for Duncan's murder. Discuss. Macbeth is a 17th Century play written by William Shakespeare. The plot is written with current beliefs and society in mind at that time. The play involves the war hero Macbeth turning from a great faithful warrior, loyal to the king and his country to a cold-blooded power frenzied murderer due to evil within. This evil is sparked off by the witch's three prophecies given to Macbeth and Banquo. When the play was written it was at the time that James I was in power. He devised the Divine Right of Kings Act. This meant that God made people kings therefore the King was God's chosen representative therefore the King was always right therefore the worst crime in the world was Regicide. Shakespeare implemented this into the play as Macbeth killed the King in order to gain his own personal desires. In this essay I am going to investigate whether Lady Macbeth was most to blame for Duncan's murder or whether she was just another portion of the increased persuasion which unleashed the evil in Macbeth. The witches in Macbeth had two main purposes. First and most obvious, they were used as a means to start the chain of events which led to the murder of Duncan. ...read more.

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Macbeth is a loyal and courageous warrior. He is faithful to the king and has a reputation for being a good and honest general. We can see this from the much praise he receives. "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name" (Act 1 scene 2 line 16) A captain calls Macbeth brave when talking to Duncan. "hail most worthy Thane" (Act 1 Scene 3 line 103) Ross sees Macbeth as more than worthy to be given the title of Thane of cawdor. Even the king himself is more than happy to give Macbeth the praise all believe is due. "O worthiest cousin" (Act 1 scene 4 line 14) "My worthy Cawdor." Act 1 scene 4 line 48) Macbeth seems to have everyone on his side and be a perfect soldier, however his ambition, drove forward by the witches, and the love for his wife make him an easy target for the pressure put on him by Lady Macbeth. For Macbeth, the thought of murder was repulsive and sickening, however no matter how hard he tried to rid it of his mind, his ambition kept on re suggesting it at any costs, even his own mortality. But his main downfall is his love for his wife as it is her who pushes him into the act. ...read more.

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She knows that even if he needs the initial persuasion, the benefits will be more than worth it. In conclusion, Lady Macbeth played a great role in Duncan's murder however I believe that it was just a 'piece' of the many events that led to Duncan's death. The witch's prophecies, Macbeth's desires, Lady Macbeth's pushing and pushing him. However Lady Macbeth's persuasion was the most powerful and the most demanding of Macbeth. Just when Macbeth was all ready to stop everything, even putting ambition aside, Lady Macbeth turned him around just in time. After the murder Macbeth's confidence seemed to rise considerably and it seemed he didn't need his wife so much. Had Macbeth been in this state from the beginning he could have killed Duncan with no help from anyone, but he only got into that state in the first place by what had happened before. However I believe that all the events contributed to the murder and I think that they are all equally to blame as each other. They are dependant on each other, without one, the others could not of happened and therefore Duncan's death would never have evolved into anything more than a thought. With this in mind it would be unfair to bias the blame to any side, whether it be the witches, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. Chris Mawson English Coursework: Macbeth 02/05/07 ...read more.

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