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"Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan". Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree.

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Anjana Patel 03.01.03 Mr A Price "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan". Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree. Macbeth has regicide and is a hero influenced by his ambitious female partner. Macbeth is similar to many of Shakespeare's great plays and is a tragedy piece. Macbeth's downfall is seen throughout the play, showing a main character like this who is at the beginning a great man and a hero turn from loyalty to the king to tyrannical traitor is what makes this a tragedy. What makes this different is the use of witchcraft using evil. The opening scene to this play starts by introducing three witches signifying evil, who talk about meeting Macbeth. This is really a hint of evil and what's in store for Macbeth, their power will influence him and the course of action. At first we know nothing of his ambition, we only hear and see his humble, loyal and noble side. However, on his first meeting with the witches when they tell him that he will be "Thane of Cawdor" and then "king". His ambition then seems to have been triggered. ...read more.

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Regicide was a great worry to James 1st and there were a number of attempts on his life. Shakespeare seems to want to show conspiracy and apportion blame to a woman. Lady Macbeth has a lot of control over Macbeth and she soon makes him feel unmanly as he was having second thoughts. Her use of words pressures Macbeth into going forth with the murder. Lady Macbeth's influence upon Macbeth played a major role as if Duncan's murder had not been committed the other murders would not have been necessary, and so Macbeth would not have felt so guilty, with no deaths of Lady Macbeth, Banquo and Macbeth himself. The fact that he let his ambition make him commit evil things (i.e. murder the king) shows that he has a weakness and this weakness was another reason why Macbeth failed. If only he had been strong, and faced the fact that he may not be king, he would never have killed King Duncan. Therefore he himself may have been the driving force of the murder of Duncan. He did, however, try to overcome his ambition at one point in the play which was Act 1 Scene 7 where Macbeth decides not to kill Duncan but Lady Macbeth accuses him of ...read more.

Conclusion

The witches were clever enough to pick Macbeth. He blames the witches later on for deceiving him with false promises. The main downfall of Macbeth was his ambitions; so if he had no ambition, he would never have considered being king, let alone murdering his best friend, Banquo. I think that Macbeth was driven by himself, the witches, and the love he had for his wife. Therefore not only was she the driving force but the witches as well. For if he had not met the witches he would not have had desire to become king, and so the king would not have been murdered. Macbeth already had some driving force within him, however the fact that he did not show his ambition before the witches foretold him his future, of becoming a king meant that they played a great role in the driving force of the murder of King Duncan as this was an inspiration of being a King and fulfilling his dream. Before the witches came Macbeth seemed loyal and not very ambitious, as the witches prophecy came true and he did become Thane of Cawdor, he realised that the third prophecy must come true but he did not realise the total consequences of his actions, which led to the death of his wife and himself. 1 ...read more.

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