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To what extent does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth as the driving force behind the murder of King Duncan? How does he do this?

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To what extent does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth as the driving force behind the murder of King Duncan? How does he do this? In the play, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare there is a chance for Macbeth to become king of Scotland after King Duncan. Macbeth is told this by the three witches up on the heath. Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth have a mixed and on going relationship. The relationship between the two Macbeths on the play is one of the reasons for the atmosphere, reactions and feelings that take place. Macbeth is quite greedy for the crown, but Lady Macbeth even more so, to become queen. Macbeth's decision to kill the king is led by Lady Macbeth; she says they will place the blame on to the king's guards, when King Duncan comes to stay then night at the Macbeths. Macbeth admits to the murder to Lady Macbeth, he says "I have done the deed" as he says this to Lady Macbeth it can show that she was in with the murder. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is desperate to become queen and has a very powerful determination. She shows her ambition for it a lot and in some ways I don't think she knows how much she shows it. The use of dramatic irony is so effective because it leads on; it just adds more tension and depth into the script. Lady Macbeth wants to become queen fast and she will take any short cuts towards it. I can prove this by the quotation "shout be, what thou art promised" act 1, scene 5, lines 14 - 15. This could mean that she was promised by the witches that Macbeth would be next in line and that is was she will get as she was promised it. You can tell easily how determined she is, through out the whole of the play she tells Macbeth to murder Duncan or she would. Lady Macbeth is a very strong character and I think that she feels like, without her, Macbeth wouldn't be strong enough or ambitious enough. She calls upon the powers of evil to unsex her and make her cruel. ...read more.

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Actors may perform the play Macbeth, and they may make Macbeth seem less responsible for the murder because they might show his indecisive side, and lady Macbeths more ambitious side, who's character has a lot of feeling and passion involved and isn't shy to let people know. Where as Macbeth knows it is wrong and tries's to hide his feelings. My theory is that Lady Macbeth is to blame. Obviously she didn't commit the murder, but she was the real driving force in which lead to the murder. Lady Macbeth was hungry and ambitious for the throne that she would go to any extremes and lengths to grab it. She and her husband had a strong relationship but Macbeth loved Lady Macbeth and she was able to persuade him into grabbing the chance. Macbeth had different thoughts over wise and was quite nervous about killing the king and kept having second thoughts, he didn't really see why he couldn't wait, and that fate would crown him when it was time and when he was ready to be crowned king. And I feel like Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as the real driving force towards Macbeth. Year 11, GCSE - English Coursework - Macbeth. Charlotte Sheridan 11E3 ...read more.

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