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Macbeth and his Influences.

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Macbeth and his Influences. In this essay I intend to write about the influence on Macbeth by lady Macbeth and the three witches. I will attempt to prove that Macbeth alone was not solely responsible for the murder of King Duncan, but the three witches and Lady Macbeth all also played a part. The first thing we see in the play, is the three witches predicting that they will meet Macbeth on the heath: "First witch: Where the place? Second witch: Upon the heath. Third witch: There to meet with Macbeth." (Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 6-8) The opening scene, when we first see the witches, is a dramatic device added be Shakespeare to set the tone of the play, it shows us that the play is going to be about witchcraft and magic and that its not going to be the typical Shakespearian/Elizabethan love story. ...read more.


The witches also make a prophesy to Banquo: "Third witch: Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none, so all hail Macbeth and Banquo" (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 71-72) Banquo simply dismisses these predictions as nonsense, but Macbeth, however, seems to believe the prophesies made by the witches, as did a lot of people in Macbeth's era, especially King James I, who was totally against witches and would even go so far as to go out "witch hunting". The witches were important to the Elizabethan and Stuart people. They thought that witches did exist and even went to the extreme of hanging thousands of innocent people that they suspected to be withes. Although the witches put the idea about being king into his mind, Macbeth did not want to pursue the murder of King Duncan: "Macbeth: [aside.] If chance may have me king why, chance may crown me." ...read more.


She then makes it clear that at first she fully intends to pursue the cold-blooded murder of King Duncan by herself: Lady Macbeth: "That my keen see not the wound it makes" (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 55) But then she starts trying to persuade Macbeth by calling him a coward and insinuating that he doesn't have the guts to kill the King. In conclusions I have decided that Macbeth had other influences (Lady Macbeth and the three witches) acting as catalysts in the murder of King Duncan, but it was Macbeth himself who actually perpetrated the murder. So it could be said that all three contributed to the actual murder: * If it wasn't for the witches, Macbeth would never, in his wildest dreams contemplated murdering King Duncan. * If lady Macbeth would of simply said "OK" when Macbeth decided against murdering the King it wouldn't of happened. * It was Macbeth who finally carried out the act of murdering King Duncan so he also has to hold some responsibility. By Jack Kirwin ...read more.

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