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"Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan" Do you agree?

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"Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan" Do you agree? We first encounter Lady Macbeth's character at home in Macbeths castle. Act 1 Scene 5 when she is reading a letter that has been sent to her by her husband Macbeth. Macbeth tells his wife of his encounter with the three witches and what they said to him. It tells her of 3 witches prophecies that were told to him and Banquo - the prophecy that one day she and her husband would become King and queen of Scotland. She reads the letter and sees there is some truth in the witches' prophecy - he has been made Thane of Cawdor as prophesied. When she reads this letter she immediately decides that Macbeth will be King and we find that Lady Macbeth is determined to become queen. She realises that in order to become king, Macbeth has to get Duncan out of the way so that he can step up and become king and fulfil the witches' prophecies. This proves that she is a driving force because she is the one who actually makes plans for the murder and comes up with the idea in the first place. But the witches were the first to suggest the kingship. When she reads the letter it starts up a fire in Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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Here, lady Macbeth invites the evil spirits to help her kill Duncan without feeling any pity. Even though the witches had put these ideas into his head in the first place, it was his own ambition, which churned these thoughts into thoughts of murder. He was the first person to think of murder. We know this by what he says in his soliloquy. He says ' why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?' he also uses the word 'yield' which gives us the impression that Macbeth doesn't want to think of such horrible things. Eventually he decides against the murder of Duncan. He says "if chance will crown me king, why chance may crown me without a stir." He decides to leave it to chance. He thinks that if what the witches have said is true then it will happen without him doing anything. Macbeth is a courageous and ambitious person. He has a good reputation and receives praise from all kinds of people. However Macbeth has three main weaknesses; his ambition, his imagination and his love for his wife. When all of these things are combined, they make him vulnerable to the pressure put on him by his wife. Even though the idea of murder made him feel repulsed and made him scared he still wanted to be king, this meant that he would be willing to do anything in order to become king. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here, evil is tormenting him through his wife. She is dominating his life, he cannot control his life. He takes orders from his wife. He could have said 'NO!' but instead, he listened to his wife. Now evil has entered into Macbeth's mind and the hour of death has come for Duncan. Her character is very strong. She plans the whole murder for Macbeth but she leaves him to do the actual killing. In conclusion I think that Lady Macbeth was the main driving force behind the murder of king Duncan. I believe Lady Macbeth is a manipulative woman, she has a goal in her mind and seems to use everything in her power to reach it. Her involvement in the murder of King Duncan is almost dominating; she formulates and directs the whole plan. If the witches hadn't of said what they said about Macbeth becoming King then the murders may never of happened in the first place because they disturbed the great chain of being it means that they have clashed with obstacles and that it will all fall and crash on him. Without Macbeth's ambition, Lady Macbeth might not have been able to persuade Macbeth to commit the murder. Without Lady Macbeth's determination Duncan may not have been murdered. If they had of just left it alone maybe all the prophecies the witches had prophesised would have become true all in turn. So I think that Lady Macbeth was the main driving force behind Duncan's murder. GCSE English English Literature: Macbeth Essay Razaul Islam Page Number: 1 ...read more.

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