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Macbeth – “Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the death of Duncan,” Discuss

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Macbeth - "Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the death of Duncan," Discuss In this essay I will be investigating about how the main characters encourage and influence Macbeth into murdering Duncan. I will be highlighting how the main characters of the play, acted their part in Duncan's death. I will be analysing all other factors surrounding the murder of Duncan. Before I arrive at my conclusion, I will study the characters individually. I will study how Banquo, Lady Macbeth and the Witches influenced Macbeth and I will also study Macbeth and how the other characters reacted towards him. I will be extracting quotes from all the scenes to support my comments. "Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the death of Duncan," is the title and I will discuss it but at the same time I also want to be arguing that even though Lady Macbeth contributed with it. At the end of the day it was still Macbeth who killed Duncan and this fact can't be ignored. The witches clearly had influence over Macbeth due to the fact he responded to what they said, because they implanted the idea that Macbeth could become King. "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis," " All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor," " All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King thereafter!" (Act 1 scene 3 lines 48-50) Clearly the quote suggests that the witches have predicted that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then King. I believe this was the starting point, where they planted ideas into his head. Soon after this their prediction comes true and Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor. Ross the messenger arrives and explains the great news to Macbeth and Banquo, "And, for an earnest of greater honour, He bade me, from him, call Thane of Cawdor. In which addition on, hail most worthy Thane! ...read more.


You can tell from this section of the quote that Lady Macbeth already has pans for Macbeth, saying that he will be what he deserves and that is king. But there is a problem, Lady Macbeth fears that Macbeth is too kind, and loyal to be ble to do this, "Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o'the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldest be great, Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it; what thou wouldest highly." This shows that Lady Macbeth had thought about murder, "yet I do fear thy nature," this is showing that she fears that he wouldn't be able to do it. She also thinks about killing Duncan and how she thought that Macbeth wouldn't be able to do it because he was too kind, "It is too full o'the milk of human kindness." Milk of kindness I think that means that he is too kind, basically it could be saying that he wouldn't hurt a fly because he is nice. Lady Macbeth definitely thought about the murder even before her husband arrived home, "And yet wouldst wrongly win; thou'dst have, great Glamis, That which cries, "thus thou must do," if thou have it." This quote is important because she is saying that if he wants to become King then he is going to have to "wrongly win," suggesting that he has to do it illegally, i.e. Murder. I feel that if Lady Macbeth hadn't convinced Macbeth then he wouldn't have done it, because even he even felt dirty when he was thinking about it. "If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature." ( Scene 3 lines 134-137) Here it is showing that Macbeth is nervous and worried that he is thinking such bad things. ...read more.


And he also says, "It's a sorry sight," and, "I am afraid to think what I have done." All these quotes show that Macbeth is regretting what he has done. Even though straight after Macbeth has killed Duncan she is impressed and overjoyed, later on in the story she shows that she regrets what has happened and what has been done. I can tell this because before she commits suicide, she keeps on seeing blood spots on her hand which shows she is feeling guilt and that she had a lot to do with the death. Why would she feel guilty when she had nothing to do with the death of Duncan? This proves that she knows she had something to do and she forced Macbeth into doing the deed and she is regretting this. Even though it was Macbeth that actually did murder Duncan I feel that Lady Macbeth was the force behind him. She was his source of confidence, which influenced him into it. I have discussed all the factors, which I explained in the introduction. I have discussed the witches firstly putting the idea into Macbeth's head, Banquo making Macbeth think about it. Banquo also made Macbeth more curious about because he agreed with the witches that Macbeth deserved to become King. Even though most of the characters had an influence over Macbeth, it was still him that murdered Duncan. I do agree with the statement, " Lady Macbeth id the driving force behind Duncan," I have tried to keep in mind that if it wasn't for Macbeth, Duncan would still be alive. I think that she was the driving force behind Macbeth because Macbeth didn't even like thinking about killing Duncan and all the challenges and insults, which Macbeth receives, form Lady Macbeth, it made him feel that he must do it for my wife. She insulted him by saying that, "Live like a coward," So I definitely think she was the driving force behind the death of Duncan. Kellie Atkins Macbeth Essay ...read more.

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