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Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the murder of Duncan!

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Macbeth Essay 'Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan'. Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree. Throughout this essay I am going to argue that although it was Macbeth that killed King Duncan I feel that Lady Macbeth, King Duncan, The three witches and Macbeth played a part, Lady Macbeth perhaps contributing more than others. In Act 1 Scene 1 we are introduced to the 3 witches and the first link with Macbeth appears here, which links Macbeth to evil already. The witches meet up and agree to go and meet Macbeth, there's a sense of mystery here, they seem to know where Macbeth will be, like they can see the future. The first thing we hear about Macbeth is what a brave warrior he is (Act 1 scene 2). In this scene Macbeth was fighting the Rebel Army led by Macdonwald who had The Thane of Cawdor on his side. Macbeth and Banquo were on King Duncan's side for the Scottish Army, defending his king against treachery. A sergeant from the army had branded Macbeth 'brave', in the line 'For brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name'. ...read more.

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He is resolved about the inevitability of the deed. At the end of the scene we see another prime example of King Duncan being a poor judge of character. He is talking to Banquo of Macbeth 'He is full so valiant, and in his commendations I am fed, it is a banquet to me. Lets after him, whose care is gone before to bid us welcome, it is a peerless kinsman'. Duncan is oblivious to what's going to happen, and oblivious to Macbeths wife. In scene 5 we are finally introduced to Lady Macbeth. She appears reading a letter from Macbeth. He mentions the day of victory, and the witches prophecies but he doesn't mention murder. He trusts his wife and they are very much in love. In his letter Macbeth appears enthusiastic and excited as he tells her his news. After reading the letter Lady Macbeth is thinking that Macbeth shall be what he has been promised, King! She says 'art not without ambition but without the illness should attend it', she thinks that Macbeth hasn't got the guts to do what's needed to be done. ...read more.

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After Macbeth has murdered Duncan he comes down to Lady Macbeth with the daggers and is covered in blood. He is shaken up and is worried about what he has done, and why he cant say 'amen'?, it is stuck in his throat. Lady Macbeth calls him a coward because he wont go back upstairs with the daggers, so she goes herself. She is far more courageous than Macbeth. Lady Macbeth tells him to pull himself together rather than be 'lost in thought' but he replies with 'to know my deed, twere best not know myself.Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou couldst.' To conclude I think I have provided you with enough evidence that all four are to blame for the murder, the witches because of their prophecies to Macbeth, Duncan because he is such a poor judge of character and far too trusting, Macbeth for actually committing the murder and of course Lady Macbeth, perhaps more so than the others, for manipulating and influencing Macbeth, for questioning Macbeths love for her and calling him a coward, for planning what weapon was to be used and when he shall die. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Louise Downie 73243 Tutor - John Taylor ...read more.

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