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Macbeth Essay Is Lady Macbeth the driving force behind the murder of Duncan? 'Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou are promised; yet I do fear thy nature, It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way.' Lady Macbeth, Act 1 scene 5 In the first two scenes, it is clear that the plot to murder King Duncan is the main occurrence in Macbeth. It is not fair to say that Lady Macbeth is the only driving force behind this deed, however, her persuasiveness and ruthlessness is one of the main factors. When Lady Macbeth receives the letter from her husband, her ambition is immediately obvious. As soon as she has read it, she wants Macbeth to become king. She is determined that Macbeth must act to become king, and so she thinks of murder straight away. She is determined that the prophecies that she has heard about will come true. Throughout the beginning of the play, Macbeth has been seen to be the driving force towards King Duncan's death however it is shown later on, that Lady Macbeth influences him to kill Duncan. ...read more.


In saying that the witches did however give him a reason for the thoughts he later started to have in the play, which made it seem as if the witches had given him the ammo he need to commit his regicide. As the scene carries on, Macbeth asks the withes to give him more information "Stay, you imperfect speakers! Tell me more", this shows how impatient Macbeth is, which makes it seem as though, he wants to know how he is going to achieve his power. Lady Macbeth starts to corrupt Macbeths mind, "I fear thy nature; it is too full of the milk of human kindness", here she is saying that he has become soft and his kindness has inflicted him to become somewhat of a coward. Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 7 has decided to reconsider his pervious thoughts about killing the king; "If th' assassination could trammel up the consequences, and catch with his surcease - that but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all here, but here, upon this bank and shoal of time, we'd jump the life to come". ...read more.


there was his on greed in becoming more then what he was " Thane of Glamis" , "Thane of Cawdor" and thirdly, Lady Macbeth. She was the enforcer behind it, and the person that gave Macbeth more of a reason to commit regicide. She was his downfall, her questioning and doubting his manly hood and love for her was the unspeakable force that led him to the death of King Duncan. Throughout the play Shakespeare tries to get us to believe that it was only the witches and Macbeths own ambition that caused the death of the king. He does this by making the reader know what is to expected of Macbeth through the witches (Act 1 Scene 3, lines 49-51), also Shakespeare attempts to engineer all the blame onto Macbeth by making it seem like he's ambition from the start was to kill King Duncan. However Shakespeare doesn't hide the fact that Lady Macbeth has her on ambition and dreams for her husband, her ambition comes through and projects onto Macbeth, causing him to doubt his manly hood and kings men ship . ...read more.

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