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Macbeth, Lady Macbeth or the witches who is most responsible for the death of Duncan?

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Macbeth coursework Macbeth, Lady Macbeth or the witches who is most responsible for the death of Duncan? Macbeth killed King Duncan but he alone was not responsible for Duncan's murder. There were other people that contributed to the murder, the witches who had communicated with Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and of course Macbeth himself. To show which person was the most responsible is hard, as many people would believe that just because Macbeth killed Duncan, he was the most responsible, but other people influenced him and you have to look at who was the most influential on Macbeth to do the killing. The witches represent evil in this play. At the beginning of the play they seem to have singled Macbeth out and the audience are drawn to the conclusion that they have a plan for Macbeth. They plant the idea within Macbeth, that he could be King when they give their predictions, " All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth also calls Macbeth a coward when he starts to have doubts about killing King Duncan, "And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would..." She thinks he is less of a man, as he is a great warrior but he will not kill someone. Lady Macbeth teases and provokes Macbeth into killing King Duncan. Macbeth is obviously responsible for the death of King Duncan as he did the physical murder but as already mentioned there are other people playing strong roles in the murder. Before Macbeth meets the witches he is thinking about being rewarded by King Duncan in some way and when he meets the witches, they maintain his feelings with their predictions. As Macbeth is superstitious he believes the predictions will come true. King Duncan gives the title Prince of Cumberland to his son Malcolm, which irritates Macbeth as he has won the King many battles previous to this one and believes he should be awarded more substantially. Macbeth is portrayed to the audience as a strong warrior and has fought in many battles. ...read more.

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Malcolm becomes heir to the throne. This makes Macbeth feel aggrieved and he wants to get revenge on King Duncan for doing this. King Duncan visits the castle just as Macbeth is having these feelings, this is the perfect opportunity and perfect timing for Macbeth to do killing. In conclusion, many people contributed to the killing of King Duncan. The witches gave the predictions to Macbeth, which gave him the idea that he could be King. Lady Macbeth gave him reasons to kill Duncan and made a plan of how to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth also exploited the witches' predictions by claiming it was Macbeth's destiny to become king and killing Duncan would for fill this destiny. Finally there was Macbeth himself who physically killed Duncan after being persuaded by Lady Macbeth. I believe the above shows; Macbeth is the most responsible for the death of King Duncan as he carried out the actual murder and was weak minded to be so easily persuaded. This shows that not just one single person was responsible for the Duncan's death, but it had to do with many people influencing Macbeth, and all having varying degrees of responsibility. Paul Punia 11.5 DS ...read more.

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