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Macbeth - Who do you think is responsible for the death of King Duncan?

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WHO DO YOU THINK IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF KING DUNCAN? Although Macbeth did murder King Duncan, there were other people responsible for his death. There were really 4 other people responsible for the murder, the witches who Macbeth had communicated with, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's wife, of course Macbeth himself, King Duncan had some responsibility for his own death and Banquo. To show which person was the most responsible is hard, as many people would think that because Macbeth did the task he was the most responsible, but other people were influencing him very strongly and maybe the key is to see who was the most influential on Macbeth to do the task. The witches were representing evil in this play, at the beginning of the play they seem to have singled Macbeth out and we are drawn to the conclusion that they have a purpose for Macbeth. They seemed to plant the idea into Macbeth's head when they gave their predictions, " All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. ...read more.

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She is more ambitious for Macbeth than himself. To go through with the murdering of King Duncan Lady Macbeth asks the spirits to defeminise her, "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here..." Lady Macbeth also calls Macbeth a coward when he doesn't want to go through with the killing, "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 won't kill someone. Macbeth was obviously responsible for the death of King Duncan as he did the actual murder but as I have already mentioned there were other people playing very strong roles in the murder. When Macbeth meets the witches he is already thinking about being the king and the witches support his feelings with the predictions and because he is superstitious he believes it will happen, but he didn't at the time think about murdering King Duncan too seriously but when he tells Lady Macbeth she thinks he should. ...read more.

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There were other contributing factors and circumstances that were also responsible for the death of King Duncan. Immediately after the witches predict that Macbeth shall be thane of cawdor, Macbeth is awarded that title. Malcom becomes heir to the thrown, this makes Macbeth angry and he wants to get revenge on King Duncan for doing this, this is again King Duncan fault. King Duncan visits the castle just as Macbeth is having these feelings, this is the perfect opportunity for Macbeth to do killing. So coming back to the question 'Who do you think is responsible for the death of King Duncan' my answer is that not just one single person was responsible it had to do with a lot of people that were influencing Macbeth. I feel that Macbeth wouldn't have done it if his wife hadn't of pushed him to do it, she seemed most influential and so I think she is the most responsible for the death. On the other hand the murder wouldn't have taken place if it weren't for Macbeth. ...read more.

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