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

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Macbeth Assignment "Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan. Do you agree?" Although in this play it is true that Macbeth murders Duncan and he willingly states, "I have done the deed" to his wife after the murder I believe that he is not completely to blame for this act. I believe that the witches are originally to blame. Without the witches casting the spell to influence the murder or even just giving Macbeth the idea of becoming King through these means, the murder plot would not have been thought up and the actual murder would not have been carried out. Macbeth could also be to blame by believing and trusting the witches' prophecy. When the prophecy is told, Banquo does not believe what is said, he says to Macbeth "Why do you start and seem to fear things that do sound so fair..." Also the fact that Macbeth wrote the letter to his wife telling her of the encounter with the witches and what they told him could make him partially to blame. By reading the play we realise that Macbeth would not actually murder someone by choice but he would kill as many people as he felt like on the battlefield. ...read more.

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At the point where Macbeth is going to murder Duncan, when Macbeth says, "Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair", the witches are tempting him with the vision of a dagger. I believe that the only reason that he sees the dagger is because he begins to waver on the idea of the murder. This play being a tragedy requires a flaw in the characters, in Macbeth's case his ambition, and must tell of a person who is highly renowned and prosperous who falls as a result of some error, frailty or because of external forces, internal forces, or both, the force in this is external in the form of the witches. Macbeth, as we have found, takes the witches' prophecy seriously from the moment it is given to him. He is told that he will be Thane of Cawdor and eventually King, but he thinks this will happen in time. The witches already know that Cawdor, the traitor, is dead and Macbeth has been chosen as his replacement before the witches and Macbeth met. Macbeth did not know this so he believes that the prophecy is coming true when he is named Cawdor, from him saying, "Two truths spoken as prologues to the swelling act". ...read more.

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I do not think that Lady Macbeth would actually go along with the murder if she were in Macbeth's position because at the end of the play, Lady Macbeth commits suicide because of going mad after the Duncan is killed. If she is this mentally weak affected by the murder, we wonder how Macbeth must feel. Macbeth as we have found is a very ambitious character and he lets this get the better of him. Both the witches and Lady Macbeth know this and that is why he can be manipulated so easily. Although he knows right from wrong as we find from him saying, "We will proceed no further in this business..." He knows that murdering Duncan is wrong as he says this to his wife but she is able to sway his judgement quite soon after. He is a weak man and he constantly needs to prove himself, which makes it even easier for Lady Macbeth to make him do what she wants. I have found that she treats Macbeth more like you would a dog than a husband. I have decided to believe that Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan from the information I have gathered in the course of this essay. By Christopher David 1 ...read more.

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