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Jamie's Macbeth Essay One of the most famous works of English literature, Shakespeare's Macbeth is renowned for its dark nature. It has been much debated as to who the true murder(s) in the play are; is it Lady Macbeth? Or perhaps the witches whom conduct the prophecies? Or maybe Macbeth has no one to blame but himself. The play opens with the Three Sisters, or Weird Sisters as they are also referred to as, waiting for Macbeth's arrival. These characters have a vital role, especially since all the events which take place after are the results of their prophesies. They are the ultimate reason for the murders that take place, fueling Macbeth's true desire to have the crown for himself. ...read more.


Because of their vague prophecies, Macbeth feels that he must intervene in order to make the prophecy a reality. This leads to the destruction of Banquo, whom because of yet another of their predictions, is seen as a stepping stone to Macbeth's ultimate domination of the throne. Each of the murders are seen in this fashion; Macbeth is using each death as a sign that he is closer to gaining the crown. It can be argued that the Witches true intentions for giving Macbeth the prophecies was simply for their entertainment, to make him evil in nature just for the sake of being evil. They were an essential piece of the destruction of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth can be seen as the real reason Macbeth went from adored war hero to mass murderer. ...read more.


in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this." (I.vii.55-59) After the murder of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth seems content with the actions and is practical in her thoughts. She seems to have no heart until later in the play where she suddenly gains a sense of guilt, and is no longer able to deal with the weight of the murders. Lady Macbeth has an untimely death by suicide because of her guilt, proving that those with wicked hearts are sure to meet the same fate. Macbeth's slow destruction was not his own fault, but because of the influences he had surrounding him. The Weird Sisters and Lady Macbeth are the true murders, poor Macbeth was merely a puppet which they were able to control. ...read more.

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