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Macbeth - Who is to blame for the death of King Duncan?

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Introduction

Who is to blame for the death of King Duncan? In order to answer this question fully we have to establish What Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches played in the death of King Duncan. In the play Macbeth is epitomised as a mighty yet ambitious warrior who is one of the leaders of king Duncan's army. In the play we find out Macbeth's true personality, Macbeth first meets the witches after the battle against Norway and from their his future changes. What may seem, as an upward trend is in reality a head on dive. Macbeth is told by the witches that they predict that he will be Thane of Cawdow and then King hereafter. At first Macbeth seems to be surprise, but he doesn't hesitate to listen to them. The mere fact he does listen, shows that Macbeth doesn't expect the witches to be telling the truth. However when he finds out that he is 'Thane of Cawdow'. Then he gets excited and he begins to feel, that this is his destiny. He begins to believe that the Witches know the future. One could say that he has faith in them. ...read more.

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Macbeth intelligence is not simple to be pushed around by his wife, he is quite aware of all the consequence after all he is a leader in the army and must have commanded respect from subordinates. But still Macbeth wants to be King. At first the reader thought that Macbeth was a coward but now one can see that he isn't this is because he tells everyone about is destiny. Lady Macbeth is depicted as a very ambitious lady and has no regards for morality. When Macbeth writes a letter to her letting Lady Macbeth know about the witches prophesies. Lady Macbeth immediately becomes obsessed with the news. The reader can only but wonder whether or not she thought about the downside of this news she received. She immediately begins to hatch plans for the prophesise to be fulfilled. The reader is made aware that Lady Macbeth is like her husband Macbeth on the inside and she is the decision maker, domineering, manipulative and smooth talking in respect to her husband. She is abounding with self-confidence and has no qualms whatsoever. 'Look like the innocent flower but be serpent under't' Lady Macbeth drives her husband to murder the king. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reader also notices that witches decide to talk to Macbeth, when he is full from triumph of battle, and fresh from killing. The witches could only have so much power over Macbeth if he already had these thoughts in his mind. The witches speak Macbeth's innermost thoughts, they know exactly what to say, and their timing is precise. They seem unnaturally close and act with one mind. ' All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee thane of Glamis All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth! Thou shalt be king here after' The witches also use riddles, which in some ways confuses Macbeth. You could say that this makes him more eager to know more. I can only conclude that no single person was responsible for the death of king Duncan and all the mentioned names played a major part in the king's death. Although Lady Macbeth may have provoked her husband to the killing and she seemed to be the most influential and perhaps the most responsible person for the death of King Duncan. The person who actually committed the crime must bear the consequence of his or her act hence Macbeth is to be blamed. Written by L Itam ...read more.

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