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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 in 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. After this, lady Macbeth shows herself to be extremely confident and ambitious. She is very strong mentally but weak physically. We find out about her being weak physically because she finds herself unable to kill Duncan because he resembles her father. So, she is able to talk about murder and make plans but she is not able to carry out the task. When she reads this letter she immediately decides that Macbeth will be King and there is only one way to make that happen and that's murder. This sort of 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 people that first came up with the kingship suggestion were the witches. The witches were used in this play for two reasons. ...read more.

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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 regularly 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 repulsed him and made him scared he still wanted to be king so he would be willing to do anything for it. It was his imagination, which introduced him to the thought of murder before he sent the letter to his wife. His love for his wife is his main weakness though because it is Lady Macbeth who actually pushes him into the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is very clever in her way of convincing Macbeth to go through with the murder. Lady Macbeth obviously knows Macbeth very well because she knows where to hit him where it hurts. ...read more.

Conclusion

In some ways she has too much self-discipline. She plans the whole murder for Macbeth but she leaves him to do the actual killing. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious for her husband. She shows no indication of doubt when making plans for the murder of King Duncan. She starts believing that her husband will become King without any doubt. She only has one doubt. She thinks that Macbeth is too " full of the milk of human kindness" to carry out the murder. However, she believes that she can win him over by constantly encouraging him and pushing him to get what they both want. Lady Macbeth feels no instant guilt after the murder she just stays strong for he husbands sake when he is panicking. She has to be the one staying calm at all times in case something goes wrong. I think that Lady Macbeth was the main driving force behind the murder of king Duncan but Macbeth's ambition and the witches prophecies played an important part in the murder. If the witches hadn't of said what they said about Macbeth becoming King then the murder may never of happened in the first place. 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. So I think that Lady Macbeth was the main driving force behind Duncan's murder. ...read more.

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