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Was Lady Macbeth the driving force behind the death of Duncan?

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Was Lady Macbeth the driving force behind the death of Duncan? In this essay I will be discussing whether Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the death of Duncan. I will also be looking on how the other characters are involved with Macbeth and the killing of Duncan i.e. the witches and Banquo. I will focus on how Lady Macbeth blackmails Macbeth to actually killing Duncan. However I will have to consider whether Macbeth even thought of murdering Duncan, would he have gone through with the killing of Duncan without Lady Macbeth persuading and blackmailing him. In 'Macbeth' the witches play a large part in the killing of Duncan. If Macbeth and Banquo hadn't encountered into them then Macbeth wouldn't have heard them say, "All hail, Maceth! Hail thee, Thane of Glamis" (first witch) "All hail, Macbeth! Hail thee, Thane of Cawdor" (second witch) "All hail, Macbeth! That shall be King hereafter" (third witch) (Page 6 lines 48-50) Macbeth did not take much interest in what the witches were saying at first, but still he wanted them to stay and tell him more about being made 'Thane of Cawdor', "Stay you imperfect sneakers, tell me more" (Page 7 line 70) This is Macbeth telling the witches to stay. He is very curious and it is the first indication that he has become interested in what they were saying. ...read more.


This is the first line Lady Macbeth starts to tell Macbeth that she has a good idea on how to become king. She goes on to say, "Your hand, your tongue; look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't" (Page 17 lines 64-65) Lady Macbeth has said to Macbeth that when Duncan arrives, he needs to portray himself as the innocent friend, but underneath he needs to be evil and welcome the temptation, which will help the plotting of Duncan's death. Macbeth answers her with "We will speak further" (Page 17 line 70) This indicates that Macbeth is interested in Lady Macbeth's ideas. This enhances the fact that if he hadn't already had the thought of killing Duncan, it wouldn't have been so easy for Lady Macbeth to interest him into listening to her plans of killing Duncan. People may question whether Macbeth would still have gone through with the killing without Lady Macbeth encouraging him, because even though he thought about it he still had strong doubts. Lady Macbeth also doubts him. I think that it is convenient that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is having a party because it gives them a good a good opportunity to kill Duncan. At the party when everything has calmed down, people are starting to fall asleep, Lady Macbeth is with Macbeth and keeps harassing him about when he is going to kill the king. Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a coward. ...read more.


Soon after, Macbeth meets with three murders. He asks them to go and kill Banquo because Macbeth thinks that he knows that he killed King Duncan. First of all Macbeth has to convince the murders to kills him. "Both of you know Banquo was your enemy." (Page 45 lines 116-117) The murders answer with, "true my Lord" (Page 45 line 118) By hearing this Macbeth now knows that there is going to be no problem with having to worry about Banquo because he is going to be killed so he doesn't tell anyone that Macbeth killed Duncan. This proves that Macbeth has a murderous mind. After writing about other characters in the play, I don't think that Lady Macbeth is the only one who is the driving force behind the killing of Duncan. There was also the Witches and Banquo who spoke to Macbeth about it and got the thought of becoming king into his mind. Although Lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth is to go ahead with the killing, it was actually the witches who put the idea into his head and for him to start thinking about how he could become king. The only way to become king was to kill Duncan. Which is what he did. The responsibility can not soily be blamed on other people as Macbeth had numerous opportunities to listen to his conscience and to turn away from the deed. However, he chose to go forth with the murder and so he remains with blood on his hands. Macbeth Essay Victoria McMaster YR11 ...read more.

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