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Macbeth

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To what extent is Macbeth responsible for his own actions? Macbeth who was written by Shakespeare had to make a choice which was to kill King Duncan or not. Macbeth had many influences in the decision further more his lack of ambition and that he was feeble minded may have led to his downfall. Macbeth was Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor which meant that he was a respected man. He fought at the battle along side Kind Duncan and was a hero when he came back to Scotland as he killed many people. Was it Macbeths lack of ambition that made him kill the King or did the witches turn Macbeth evil? Was Macbeth evil to begin with or were the influences too strong? Macbeth first met the witches after the battle and was shocked at how ugly they were.' ...read more.

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'And live a coward in thine own esteem', Lady Macbeth is pressure rising Macbeth. This again leads back to Macbeth easily getting influenced easily. The witches are to be blamed for what happened to the king but it still does not excuse Macbeth. The supernatural elements effect Macbeths views about being King because if the witches would never had mentioned Macbeth being King then he was not ambitious enough to think about it before. I think that Macbeth's ambition grows as the play goes on as Macbeth was happy being Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis. Once it was in Macbeths mind that he could become king, it started off the course of evil. Then when Lady Macbeth devises a plan then Macbeth wants to do it for her. ' Is this a dagger which I see before me , the handle found my hand', this quote shows that Macbeth has been physiologically affect from the witches and is now imagines a dagger in front of him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth was again easily influenced by her and due to being feeble minded he committed the crime. Macbeth committed the crime because he was influenced too easily, this led to Macbeth becoming highly ambitious and then committing the deed. I think that Macbeth was fully responsible for his actions and that it was his fault that he killed Duncan. He did not have to kill him but as he was easily persuaded, he did it. The witches also played a part in the killing of the king and so did Lady Macbeth but Macbeth killed Duncan, Macbeth was the one who stabbed Duncan with the knife. Macbeth was not evil to start the play and I do not think that Macbeth was evil to finish the play but as he was influenced easily, he got pushed in to doing the deed. So he was fully responsible for his actions and he did not have to kill Duncan, he is guilty. ...read more.

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