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Lady Macbeth is the real reason behind the murder of Duncan. Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you might agree.

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Lady Macbeth is the real reason behind the murder of Duncan. Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you might agree. In response to the above statement, I would have to agree that Lady Macbeth is in fact the reason behind Duncan's death. To further my argument, I will use the direct references and quotes from the play. Macbeth firstly comes across as a brave and gallant soldier. However, as soon as he comes face to face with the three witches, his true colours begin to show and become more apparent. Macbeth seems to be easily influenced. ...read more.

Middle

Meantime, Lady Macbeth has received a letter from her husband informing her that he has taken over the title Thane of Cawdor. He also lets her know about the predictions he had received from the three witches about taking over the throne and becoming king. During this scene, we are made aware of the immediate reaction of a strong, ambitious and very determined woman. She calls upon the spirits to fill her with "direst cruelty". Lady Macbeth's sudden reaction to her husband's letter suggests that she's prepared to go to any length to make it a reality. Whenever Macbeth arrives home, he is informed of the plan to murder Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

Finally, she uses the death of her baby as a shock tactic when she says, "I would while it was smiling in my face have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done this?" Macbeth is clearly aroused by this statement. So he ended up agreeing to comply with the conspiracy to murder Duncan. Based on this particular evidence, I would have to agree that Lady Macbeth was the main reason behind the murder of Duncan. I feel that Lady Macbeth could only fulfil her ambitions through her husband's achievements. She has great influence over her husband and uses this power to convince him to carry out whatever she may command. ...read more.

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