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What drives Macbeth to kill Duncan the king? The play 'Macbeth' gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider the reasons for the main character Macbeth deciding to kill Duncan the king. In this essay I will consider how Shakespeare's super natural characters, the three witches play a part in driving Macbeth to kill the king. They visit Macbeth with three predictions, one of which tells him that which is already true, that he is the Thane of Glamis, one telling him that he will be Thane of Cowador, and the final prediction tells him that he will eventually become king of Scotland. Other factors that contribute to Duncan's murder are Macbeth's own ambition, and Lady Macbeth, whose great greed inspires her to take control of the situation. There are many different parts in the play that shows that the witches have supernatural powers. 'But in a sieve ill tither sail.' This was thought to be a common practice for witches, they would fly in sieves over the sea and make strong winds and storms so that it would damage the ships that were in the sea. Another example of the witches having supernatural powers is when one of the witches put a curse on the sailor 'He shall live a man forbid.' ...read more.


Clearly Macbeth has decided that he will now 'stir', and make some move to become king. Back with Lady Macbeth at Macbeth's castle, she is reading Macbeth's letter. She reads about his new title, and the mentions of the witches' prophecies. Lady Macbeth first starts off by thinking about how she can get her husband to become a king, and concludes that she'll have to make some effort to get her husband to do whatever it takes to get him to be king. A messenger, who brings news that Duncan wishes to stay at Macbeth's castle, interrupts her thoughts. Lady Macbeth decides, almost instantly, that she will persuade her husband to kill Duncan so he can become king. Whilst in the middle of her thoughts, Macbeth returns home. They talk, and Lady Macbeth brings up the subject of getting rid of Duncan so he can be king. Macbeth appears shocked although was secretly thinking the same thing, and tries to dismiss the idea. Underneath, however, he wants to go along with the idea so he can become king. His underlying motives become clear when he decides that he will do the evil thing, and is going to kill Duncan. ...read more.


She supports and helps him throughout his gradual decline. Because Macbeth is not completely certain of the success of the devious plan, he is greatly assisted by his wife. Lady Macbeth is worried that her husband will give their plan away through his facial expressions so she gives him the advice, "look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under't," (pg.00). When Macbeth tells his wife that he will not do it she turns on him and starts to insult him by telling him he is a coward "and live a coward in thine own esteem," (pg.00). Lady Macbeth uses this because she knows that he is a known as a brave soldier, in hope that he will defend himself by carrying out the murder. In conclusion, Macbeth did have three other forces that motivated him to commit his evil acts and bring a whole lot of chaos to Scotland. The three forces; the witches prophecies of him being king and planting the seed, his own ambition to be king and hold that title and Lady Macbeth's constant pushing and well thought of plans all added to his motivation of committing these many evil crimes. Although in the end Macbeth dies, his carnage and chaos still left a mess behind. All in all, Macbeth should be blamed for these acts, but without just one of these motivations wasn't there, then none of this would have happened. ...read more.

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