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

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'Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan.' Discuss this statement and decide whether you do or do not agree. The murder of Duncan is a pivotal point of the play, after which Macbeth begins his tragic downfall with series of murders. At the time the play was set there was a lot of unrest. People believed in the paranormal and evil beings like witches. The play is set in Scotland in the medieval time. At the start of the play there is a battle between the Scottish and the Norwegians who are trying to invade. In the battle there are traitors, the Thane of Cawdor and MacDonald who help the Norwegians. The Scottish with the help of Macbeth wins the battle. Macbeth is the hero of the battle as he is the bravest and the most courageous. When King Duncan receives news of the traitors and Macbeth's heroics, he decides to execute the traitors and entitle Macbeth 'Thane of Cawdor'. Macbeth who is already Thane of Glamis doesn't know that he is Thane of Cawdor. Unaware that he is Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth and his best friend Banquo travel to Forres to witness whom King Duncan will be revealing as his heir to his throne. On their travels Macbeth and Banquo encounter three strange beings, which can only be described as three witches. ...read more.

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Shortly after reading Macbeth's letter, Lady Macbeth receives the news that Duncan is to stay with them in their castle. Lady Macbeth starts chanting to invoke evil spirits, "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements." This means the croaking raven, a bird of ill omen, is more hoarse than usual. This is probably because it signals the death of Duncan. Lady Macbeth goes on to say, "Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here. And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty; make thick my blood. Stop up th' access and passage to remorse." Lady Macbeth wants evil spirits that serve murderous thoughts. She wants them to take away her femininity and to prevent pity from flowing in her veins making sure that she doesn't feel compassion and feelings of humanity upset her ruthless intentions, or stop her from carrying out the deed. Then Macbeth enters the scene and greets Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth her intentions declaring that Duncan will not see the sun again; "O never shall sun that morrow see." Lady Macbeth tries to persuade Macbeth to become deceitful; "Your hand, your tongue; look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under't. He that's coming must be provided for." Macbeth replies, "We will speak further." ...read more.

Conclusion

At first Macbeth doesn't think much of it to begin with but when he is entitled 'Thane of Cawdor', he believes that he can become king. Also this makes Macbeth more ambitious to become king. When the news reaches lady Macbeth she wants Macbeth to become king. The next factor is lady Macbeth. If it wasn't for lady Macbeth, Macbeth wouldn't have killed Duncan. Lady Macbeth calls him a coward and questions whether Macbeth really loves her or not. This is what pushes him into murdering Duncan. When Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth informing her of the witches' prophecy. She is influenced the possibility of Macbeth becoming king. Another factor, which contributes to the murder of Duncan, is fate. If it wasn't for Duncan staying at Macbeth's castle then he wouldn't have been murdered and another bit of fate is that Prince Malcolm runs away leaving the Macbeth to become king. The other factor is Macbeth's own ambition, he wants to become king and when he has the encounter with three witches he becomes even more ambitious. I partially agree that Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan but the witches' prophecy is a greater factor and also involved in the factor of Macbeth's ambitions and also Lady Macbeth determination to murder Duncan, as she draws on evil spirits to infuse her with cruelty. Mark Cooper 3P 30/04/07 Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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