• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. 'Macbeth' gives us a classic example of the literary definition of a 'tragic hero'. ...

    them from her mind and goes mad, which is ironic given that she has just warned Macbeth about that. She is uneasy and tense and is worried when Macbeth says that he thinks he has heard voices but she hides this concern and takes control of the situation, trying once

  2. How is Macbeth persuaded to kill Duncan: Is his wife entirely to blame?

    The first part of this line ("Till...Chaps") would suggest Macbeth's superiority as a soldier, his courage and that he is a model for all men under his command. The second part of the line ("And...battlements")

  1. How is Macbeth persuaded to kill Duncan: Is his wife entirely to blame?

    This questioning of the witches also shows that he is doubtful of their authenticity. The witches immediately intrigue Macbeth and he is the one who summon them to "Speak, if you can." The rhythm of the language also indicates that Macbeth is getting to be very restless with Banquo`s questioning

  2. How can blame be apportioned in “Macbeth”?

    society, pursuing her own ruthless motives. In the process she reject even her own femininity. However, there are flaws in her control. Repeatedly Lady Macbeth gives the appearance of being in control but like so much else in the play this comes at a price. Lady Macbeth cannot simply create her own reality, cut off from society and humanity.

  1. Is Macbeth a cold blooded murderer or

    The witches second prophecy has happened. As Banquo was with Macbeth when he first met the witches, he knows about the prophecies and what they were. Banquo thought it was a coincidence when the witches knew about Macbeth becoming the Thane of Cawdor, but now that the second prophecy has come true, he is becoming suspicious.

  2. Who is to Blame for the Death of Duncan?

    Some people say that without Lady Macbeth's intervention, Macbeth wouldn't have gone through with the murder. They say this because Macbeth does decide not to go through with the murder in act1 scene7, after he has considered all the reasons why he should and shouldn't murder Duncan.

  1. Is Macbeth wholly responsible for the murder of King Duncan?

    Becoming Thane of Cawdor was one of the witch's predictions for him and he now believes that the second part of his predictions will come true. When Macbeth is talking to Banquo after the witches have disappeared and the messengers have come to congratulate him, he asks Banquo if he wishes that his predictions would come true after Macbeth's have.

  2. Who was the driving force behind the murdur of duncan?

    and how she refused to give her one of her chestnuts: "A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap. And munch'd, and munch'd, and munch'd:-- 'Give me,' quoth I: 'Aroint thee, witch!' the rump-fed cries. Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o' the Tiger: But in a sieve I'll thither

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work