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Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan." Discuss this statement and decide whether you agree or disagree

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Macbeth coursework "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan." Discuss this statement and decide whether you agree or disagree The play "Macbeth" was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare and is a dramatic play. The play has murder, ambition, betrayal and destruction. From the start of the play there is a sense that something isn't quite right. The 1st scene has witches( in this period many people believed in witchcraft so this makes it a very good start) these represent evil. When Macbeth the main character is introduced he is said to be "brave" and a "noble" solider, however by the end of the play he is greedy bloodthirsty who betrayed his king. I believe that the murder was brought about by ambition because it is lady Macbeths and Macbeths ambitions that go so far that they kill Duncan, Macbeth seeks power, whereas Banquo who was with Macbeth when they meet the witches, doesn't think about what the have said. Lady Macbeth wants to become Queen. The other factors could be the witches, Fate Macbeth, L. Macbeth and Duncan. The witches appear at the start of the play, this would have been dramatically very effective because in this period most people were scared of witches and believed what they said. They believed that witches could; Make people ill by spells and potions that could kill, even the strongest. They thought witches could fly though the air and make themselves invisible. Lastly Jacobeans thought that they used animals to hide evil spirits who served them. ...read more.

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They believed that God created everything for a reason and that she was meat to be a women so it wasn't humane to be asked to change. Lady Macbeths speech is very powerful as she asks o be filled with "direst cruelty." she also say things like "raven" and "hell" these represent death. Other things make it seem like a spell " Come thick of night", "Come to my women's breasts" and " Come you spirits" this is significant because it shows that lady Macbeth is evil and manipulative, just like the witches. Lady Macbeth predicts great roles for her and her husband when she says "My battlements" she says my as she is now not think what is best foe Macbeth but what is best for herself, in this period women should think what their husbands want best not them, this is what makes lady Macbeths character weird to audiences , and that she is now really driving Macbeth on. When Lady Macbeth hears that Duncan will only stay for one night she say "O never shall sun that morrow see." she means that he will not wake up to see the next day because he would have been murdered by then, she is telling Macbeth to kill Duncan tonight and that he should look innocent but be the devil within you "Look like th'innocent flower,/but be the serpent under't." Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth to look innocent, be friendly to Duncan but then ton night we will kill him This shows that lady Macbeth can manipulate Macbeth, also that she is very cautious about the plan going wrong. ...read more.

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murder to happen, Macbeth wants to become king, Lady Macbeth wants to become queen and the witches wanted to see everything go wrong for Macbeth. The witches gave the idea to Macbeth and made him believe that it was his fate to become king, some may say that Macbeth already had evil thoughts about becoming King so it was easy for him to think that he should be king, and did the witches know that Macbeth had that weakness so used it to their advantage. Banquo wasn't plotting to kill the king because the prophecies didn't effect him they effected his children, also it seemed like he would let nature take its course to see who would become king and fate shouldn't be changed. It is lady Macbeths fault that the murder took place because it was her idea to kill Duncan and it was her who persuaded Macbeth to do it. However Macbeth was the person who actually killed Duncan and some may argue that it was his fault for being weak and being to easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth, and did he always want to murder Duncan but he just needed pushing from lady Macbeth and she knows that he is weak and needs pushing "And live a coward" she knows that he is not very strong minded. Macbeth was most likely not to become king unless he interfered so he had listened to what the witches had said but then he was fuelled by ambition to become king. Finally I think that ambition is the biggest factor in the murder of Duncan ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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