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What were the forces driving Macbeth to Kill Duncan, The King of Scotland?

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What were the forces driving Macbeth to Kill Duncan, The King of Scotland. By Andrea Young, UVEast There is already an important question to be asked about Macbeth at an early stage of the play: Who was responsible for drive Macbeth into the sacrilegious act of regicide? The Weird Sist0rs and Lady Macbeth are the major factors that played upon Macbeth's weak character to meet their own desires. It was through Macbeth's ambition that he killed Duncan but he needed corrupting along the way from Lady Macbeth and the Three Witches. The First Force to bring Macbeth to do it is Lady Macbeth. She is one of Shakespeare's most frightening characters in his history of plays. It comes apparent that she and her husband have talked about killing Duncan even before the play has started. When we first see her in the play she seems evil, cold and persistent. She talks about the plot and how Macbeth is not evil enough to do the deed, "It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness". ...read more.

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Although she talks about her child it has been disputed if they actually have a child or not as it is not mentioned in the play. Lady Macbeth is ruthless as shown in that last comment and that is what probably convinces Macbeth that she is determined (if a little twisted). The Second Force that turns Macbeth is the 3 Witches. They are the first characters we meet in the play and start it off on a dark note. When they first meet him he is with Banquo, who suspects something from the start. They fill his head with ideas about king etc. The witches are the characters responsible for giving him to get the title of Thane of Cawdor. When he becomes Thane of Cawdor he begins to trust them and says himself, "What can the devil speak true?" When we first see them they speak of all evil things that they have done and all the evil in the cauldron. ...read more.

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The final force to turn Macbeth was himself. He lacked in character for a lot of the play, especially at the beginning when the witches tempted him with the stories of him becoming the Thane of Cawdor. Greed was another factor of Macbeth's leading to the killing of Duncan, It is said in the book that Macbeth has a very bad evil seed planted in him. Macbeth has a constant battle in his head at the beginning of the play about whether to kill Duncan, although he has discussed it before he still finds it hard to accept the fact that he has to kill Duncan. Macbeth is a good person because he struggles to find reason to kill Duncan because he is a good friend with him and he is good. It has been said to compare the temptation of Macbeth with the temptation of Jesus in the desert (tempted by the devil). All of these factors helped Macbeth go that step further to become evil, murder Duncan, and bring out all his evil qualities that had not been seen before. ...read more.

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