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What Influences Persuade Macbeth To Kill King Duncan?

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What Influences Persuade Macbeth To Kill King Duncan? The play 'Macbeth' which is set in Jacobean times tells the story of Macbeth who is portrayed at first as a well-respected war hero but turns out to be a bloody tyrant as a result of many influences. These influences comprise of his ambitious temperament, the three witches and his wife, Lady Macbeth. The impact of these influences overrules his good nature. His gullible presence guides him into committing the ultimate deed of murdering King Duncan. Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as a hero at the beginning of the play to establish a bond with the audience to emphasise his positive qualities. In Act 1, Scene 2, Macbeth is described as 'Bellonas bridegroom' or the God of war, he is also described as an 'eagle' and a 'lion' that shows he is a strong and brave man with heroic qualities. Behind this barricade, Scene 3 is an entire contrast. There is an atmosphere of evil within the witches as a supernatural form, this is related to Macbeth because Shakespeare hints that the witches know Macbeth's name in Act I, Scene I and plan to meet him. Also the three witches cry: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" which Macbeth in Act I, Scene III, echoes this in his first words. ...read more.

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Macbeths responds to the information by saying "The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?" he is informed that he has earned the title due to the Thane being "a most disloyal traitor." Now that the first thing the witches predicted had grown to be reality, Macbeth opens his horizons and thinks of what the witches had also predicted, for him to become king! The letter that Macbeth sends to his wife is very important because it shows that they have no secrets in their relationship and she is his "dearest partner of greatness". Lady Macbeth is inspired by Macbeths letter and her reaction shows that she is determined that he will become king: "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what art promis'd" she also worries that his good nature will get the better of his ambition and her influences: "yet I do fear thy nature" When Macbeth returns to his castle he tells lady Macbeth "Duncan comes here tonight." Lady Macbeths replies: "And when goes hence?" Macbeth replies: Tomorrow, as he purposes." Then lady Macbeth suggests the death of King Duncan: "O never shall sun that morrow see". Lady Macbeth describes Macbeth's reaction: "Your face, my Thane, is a book where men May read strange matters." ...read more.

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If Duncan is murdered he won't immediately become king, as Malcolm is the heir. Macbeth finally comes to the conclusion that it is wrong to kill his king and decides his mind is made up, his wife enters and he tells her: "we will proceed no further in this business", lady Macbeth reacts with fury and she calls him a coward: "And live a coward in thine own esteem", the way she says this to Macbeth would make him see an unfamiliar side of his wife and this would make him hesitate. She plays on the fact that he doesn't love her if he wont carry out the murder for her and he cannot be a man. Gradually the idea of murdering Duncan begins to establish in his mind, as he doesn't want her to see him being fearful. As lady Macbeth explains her ploy, Macbeth agrees to killing Duncan and is determined to carry out the murder not only because of her influence but also because of the witches and his ambition. Even with her initial calmness and calculation, Lady Macbeth is finally conquered by her inner demons. In Act 5, Scene3, she sleepwalks and reveals her guilty feelings and tries to wash invisible blood from her hands. Her death is reported in Act1, Scene7. It was without doubt suicide. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Michael David Cain ...read more.

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