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"Who in your opinion, is the most responsible for Duncan's murder?"

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"Who in your opinion, is the most responsible for Duncan's murder?" The play which I am studying is Macbeth, which was written after 1606 by a man well known for his plays, William Shakespeare. The play was set in Scotland where there is a war between Scotland and Norway. At this time, Duncan is the king of Scotland and he gets murdered by Macbeth at Macbeth's castle while he is asleep. My main task is to find out who is the most responsible for Duncan's murder from the following people, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, The Three Witches, Duncan. I will go from the least responsible to the most responsible. I suppose King Duncan is the least responsible for his murder because he does not know what is going to happen when he is at Macbeth's castle. However, Duncan does help the murderer, Macbeth by agreeing to go with him to stay at his castle without the protection a king should have. ...read more.

Middle

They keep on going away from Macbeth and not speaking to him when he wants more explanation from them. "Whither are they vanished" "Who in your opinion, is the most responsible for Duncan's Murder?" The witches tempt Macbeth by telling him his future. When they said that he would become Thane of Cawdor and the King he did not believe it at first but when he became Thane of Cawdor he thought it was true. At the beginning of the play Macbeth was a brave warrior but when he kills Duncan he becomes weaker and cannot also keep it a secret. Macbeth is responsible for the murder but he was pushed to commit the murder by his wife, Lady Macbeth. However, Macbeth is the one who murdered King Duncan and blames it on the attendants but it was Lady Macbeth who would not let him back down. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth admits she cannot kill King Duncan because he looked like her father so she convinces the people there that she had nothing to do with the murder but she takes the daggers back into the chamber to implicate the servants and takes control of the situation because Macbeth is passive and is unable to act further. She also says that she does not feel any remorse over King Duncan's murder and thinks her husband is a coward. "I shame to wear a heart so white" Overall I think that Lady Macbeth has played an important part in killing Duncan. Macbeth would have never killed Duncan if Lady Macbeth was not with him. I suppose that Lady Macbeth was cunning, possessive and power hungry at the beginning and Macbeth was struggling with his guilty conscience but as the play progressed, Lady Macbeth's guilty conscience caught up with her and lead her to commit suicide, whereas Macbeth is the strong one. However, Macbeth was the one to strike the fatal blow. Tahir Ishaq p25557 Page 1 ...read more.

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