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The significant factors influencing Macbeth to kill Duncan

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Macbeth is presented as a tragic hero. The influences on his character are crucial in bringing about his demise. Macbeth's fatal flaw is his obsessive ambition. By going against the natural order of the Elizabethans, he brings about his own destruction. His wife is a significant influence because he loves her and they both trust each other entirely. When he is speaking to his wife he is open and talks freely. When she speaks to him he often lets himself be persuaded by her. He values her opinion as a wife and as a loyal companion. The witches influence him more than any one else in the play. They point him in the direction of treason, however they do not push him. The witches represent evil in the play. Macbeth knows this but still lets them guide him and influence his decisions. The Elizabethans had a strict social order; this play is about a Thane becoming King, which by Elizabethan standards was totally unacceptable. Elizabethans believed in the divine right of Kings. This meant that killing your king in Elizabethan times was, morally, socially and religiously unacceptable. The first act sets the wheels in motion for Macbeth's swift demise. This act is about setting the scene of his moral disintegration. Macbeth's "vaulting ambition" is the most significant factor when he makes all his important decisions. At the start of the play he is an honored hero of war and Thane of Glamis. ...read more.

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This could be him trying to keep the kingdom from coming apart or he is weak and a coward just waiting to be killed. His weakness is a very significant. Macbeth may not have murdered Duncan, if Duncan was a strong and warrior like King. Even he says he is not strong "our gentle senses". He also lacks judgment, the last thane of Cawdor who was a close friend and somebody he trusted completely was a traitor and in league with the Norwegians. He trusts Macbeth so completely Macbeth almost doesn't kill Duncan. When Duncan arrives he says how fine the castle is "This castle hath a pleasant seat." But he doesn't know this place is going to be the place of his demise. The fact that Duncan is unaware makes the audience slightly sympathetic, however he should be more on his guard he knows Macbeth is very cable of killing anybody. He is also King so he should be suspious of everybody. The fact that the audience knows something the king doesn't know is dramatic irony used to make Duncan look even more unintelligent or some one who needs sympathy. At the start of Macbeth's soliloquy in scene seven he is discussing whether or not he should murder Duncan. There are lots of reasons why he shouldn't murder Duncan "his virtues will plead like angels". This makes Duncan innocent and chaste like an angel it emphasis how much of a victim he is. ...read more.

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Man "I dare do all that may become a man" Shakespeare uses two sorts of language when he is describing men. The first he uses to describe deceitful men like Macbeth. The second he uses to describe honorable people like Banquo. Animals "the raven himself is hoarse." The raven himself is supposed to be the death bird the fact that it is crowing means someone is going to die. I conclude that there are three main factors which influenced Macbeth the most they are his own ambition driving him on and on. The Witches which first manipulated him to think about killing the King. Finally Lady Macbeth who persuaded him when he was almost ready to give up. Without any one of these three main factors Macbeth would not have committed the murder or would not have even thought about killing the King. However there are a lot of smaller factors without two or three of these he wouldn't have committed the murder. All of them become less and less important towards the end of the play, as Macbeth becomes more ready to commit crimes. However all these factors help bring about his downfall. Shakespeare has written a dramatic and tragic play where a bold and courageous warrior is destroyed by his own ambition. It is cleverly balanced to allow the audience sympathy towards Macbeth and to identify the forces that were manipulating him such as the witches his wife and his own ambition. The significant factors influencing Macbeth to kill Duncan Draft Essay Form 1 By Ian Gordon ...read more.

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