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Macbeth in this assignment I will look at the aspects of what made Macbeth kill King Duncan. Macbeth is presented to us as a brave man as the sergeant says "Brave Macbeth" when talking about him. He also says "Till he unseemed him from the nave to the chops" this shows that macbeth is ambitious as he will not leave the battle field until he had killed everyone. He is also said to be brave by Ross 'Bellona's bridegroom' Bellona is the goddess of war and so if he is her bridegroom then he is fit to be God of war. When the character of Duncan talks about Macbeth, he describes him as "valiant cousin, worthy gentleman" which shows us that Macbeth is respected and trustful. In the 16th century and the 17th most of the population believed in witchcraft. The witches in Macbeth had many powers. They could transform into animals and they could also affect the weather, for example the witch causes a storm to punish the husband, a sailor, of a wife who would not give her chestnut ' a sailors wife had chestnuts in her lap' 'give me quoth I' ' aroint thee witch the rump-fed runnion cries. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth then resorts to violent and horrible language "How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple form his boneless gums and dash'd the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this". Lady Macbeth says this because if she will do it why cant Macbeth do it and say what he said he would do. This also shows us that lady Macbeth is very serious about killing Duncan as she would kill her babies to be queen. Lady Macbeth then pressures Macbeth that they will not fail "we fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail" this shows that if Macbeth puts all his courage together then they will not fail in killing king Duncan. Lady Macbeth then reassures Macbeth as she has a plan "his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassal to convince that memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason a lime beck only" this plan is to drug the guards of Duncan so the they can kill Duncan when he sleeps . ...read more.


I think that Macbeth killed Duncan under the influence of others and also his ambition to be king. I think that Macbeth was first influenced by the witches to kill Duncan what they said to him to him was true about him becoming Thane of Glamis and also about him becoming Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth may have believed that what the witches prophesised was his fate and his fate looked so good he did not want to deny any of it and just went through with the killing. I also think that lady Macbeth was an influence on Macbeth killing Duncan lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan by attacking his manhood and saying she loved him and she also persuaded him because she new he had ambition to be the king he just didn't have the courage. When Macbeth decides not to kill him she abuses him and turns him evil. If it had not been for lady Macbeth then Macbeth might not of gone through with the killing of King Duncan. Therefore I think that Macbeth killed king Duncan under the influence of his wife and the three witches and his own ambition. ...read more.

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