• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Macbeth", by William Shakespeare.

Extracts from this document...


In the tragic play "Macbeth", by William Shakespeare, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth decide, to kill King Duncan. In the play, we see the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth transform in their personality after murdering the King. Macbeth begins the play as a noble soldier, gradually changing into an ambitious murdering man. Similarly, Lady Macbeth is ambitious but she begins as a rebellious woman who dominates her husband, gradually changing into a guilt ridden, and weak woman. This essay will answer the question "To what extent is Macbeth to blame for the tragic events of Macbeth. Macbeth begins the play as a noble and trustworthy soldier. Unfortunately, three witches tell him three prophecies and it is these prophecies that gradually change Macbeth into a greedy, untrustworthy, ambitious man. Lady Macbeth is also overruled by her ambition, which is one of the main themes in the book, and not only encourages her husband to kill the king, but also plans it herself. ...read more.


He travels to the King who officially names him Thane of Cawdor and tells him that he will visit Macbeth's castle to celebrate. Macbeth writes a letter to his wife, telling her about the witches and his new title Macbeth is content with his new title, until Lady Macbeth, being the dominant figure of the couple, conspires and convinces her gullible husband to kill Duncan so that Macbeth can become king. Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her proud husband, who tells news of his new title and the title that is predicted of him, King. Lady Macbeth begins to plot the murder of King Duncan. However, she feels that Macbeth is not man enough to commit such a crime: "Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o'th milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great. Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it." ...read more.


This leaves everyone thinking that Macbeth is going insane. He then goes to visit the witches again: "Beware Macduff! Beware the Thane of Fife." "None of woman born shall harm Macbeth." "Macbeth will never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunisane Hill shall come against him" These three new prophecies give Macbeth the impression that no one can harm him. Macbeth now relies solely on the prophecies Lady Macbeth is now becoming weak and is beginning to hallucinate by seeing blood all over her hands. This get too much for her and she eventually commits suicide. Had Macbeth not been spurned on be his aggressively ambitious wife he would never have carried out the murder of King Duncan. He would have become Thane of Cawdor, and lived a noble life. This leads me to the conclusion that the tragedies of Macbeth were not at all Macbeth's fault. His only fault was his gullibility and innocence, which was targeted and abused by the real source of evil, his wife. Macbeth Greg Smith 4K7 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work