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Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan.

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Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan The play of Macbeth is all about power and greed. It is about ambition overriding inhibitions and the conscience of a good man. We know that most people consider Macbeth to be a good and a brave man at the start of the book, for example King Duncan himself refers to him as "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!" Everyone admires him for his skills in battle. It is hard to say what driving force underlies the events of the story, and it is equally hard to know what emotions or convictions drove the characters to do what they did. Parts of the text give us detail and insight as to the relation and power balance in the marriage of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth; this can be interpreted and used to try to work out who actually made the major decisions concerning murder. From the very beginning Lady Macbeth is presented as ambitious and driving. "That no compunctious visiting of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between Th´┐Żeffect and it..." ...read more.

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She shares the symptoms of sleeplessness and hallucinations with Macbeth that hark back to when he heard the voice call "Sleep no more!" immediately after Duncan's murder. This seems to be a curse, as does the vision of bloody hands. If indeed it were an actual curse then this would mean some greater force is involved in the story, but it could alternatively be nothing but their consciences and feelings of guilt and remorse. Lady Macbeth had many reasons for wanting her husband to kill the king; mostly she was driven by ambition. She lusted after a royal title and power. "The golden round" is the euphemism she uses for the crown, to her this symbolises both wealth and power. The power was perhaps the most important thing to her; control seems to be a major factor in the marriage and her main reason for the murder. Alternatively she could be driven by the pride she felt in her husband's success when he won the first titles. Or she could be driven by greed. ...read more.

Conclusion

they say and becomes so far entangled that he has no way out they turn against him and predict not success, but his downfall. Maybe the murder was not due to any plan or force, other than a combination of chance and circumstance "fate and metaphysical aid". Many stories and plays rely upon good or bad fortune to help the plot unfold. Usually, however Shakespeare's plays are more sophisticated and there can usually be found a reason for an event. I conclude that Lady Macbeth was a tool of fate. I believe the witches manipulated her, or their controller did so, to in turn exercise her influence over Macbeth and play out a series predetermined events. I do not think there is meant to be a reason in this play, but there is a moral, a mystery, and a great underlying evil. I do not know what Shakespeare wanted this evil to represent, perhaps he did not know himself; or perhaps it represents the vulnerability of all humans to fate, or chance; perhaps it pessimistically represents a basic evil in humans; or perhaps he wrote it to enthral his audiences and leave them wondering... ...read more.

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