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Lady Macbeth, The Driving force behind Macbeth?

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Lady Macbeth, The Driving force behind Macbeth? In this essay, I am going to analyse the character of Lady Macbeth and how she influences Macbeth and the story. I believe Lady Macbeth was the driving force behind Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Due to her persuasion Macbeth was forced to kill Duncan and later we discover how she regrets it. The guilt of killing Duncan makes her mentally unwell and finally leads to her death. Once she died I believe the witches took over Macbeth. At the beginning of the story we find out about Macbeth first. Macbeth comes back from a battle and we find people calling him courage's fighter. Then later we find king Duncan, he took prises Macbeth for his loyalty and fighting skills. Once the battle is over, we see Macbeth and Banquo returning back to their camp. Banquo is Macbeth's best friend. At this moment of time is where the whole story starts to change. For the first time in the story we see the witches who supposedly have supernatural powers. ...read more.


Macbeth starts to believe in the witches and thinks about their second prophecy to come true. At the moment where Macbeth gets the title he sends a message to his wife, Lady Macbeth telling her about what happened and what the witches predicted. Macbeth calls her "my dearest partner of greatness" This indicates that Macbeth thinks highly of his wife and want to enjoy everything together. To celebrate the victory of the battle, King Duncan decided to join Macbeth's castle for a feast. Should he take the risk and kill Duncan or stay loyal? When Macbeth arrives at his castle, Lady Macbeth already wants to know more about the predictions. Lady Macbeth also wants to take advantage of Duncan's visit. Lady Macbeth calls for the spirits that tend on mortal thoughts to give her strength to do the task. "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!" When the king arrives Lady Macbeth acts very welcoming, but the worst is to come. ...read more.


"Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him." These three prophecies makes Macbeth more confident. Macbeth also has Macduff's family killed to keep him in throne. During the last part of the story Macbeth is left alone to defend for himself. The witches take no more responsibilities. Macbeth has also forgotten about his wife and just lives for himself. Towards the end Macbeth is killed by Macduff who has come from England with Malcolm. Macbeth's death is celebrated. As you can see Lady Macbeth played a vital role in the story. If she hadn't persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan then none of this would have happened. However the witches also played a big role in the story. The three witches told Macbeth things that will happen, or did they? They could have told Macbeth the things that the witches wanted to happen. The witches may also have taken over Lady Macbeth and when she was no longer needed, they could have killed her. In my option the witches are forces that create and direct this story. They make the characters act the way they want to. Sajeevkumar Shanmuganathan ...read more.

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