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Who is most responsible for the death of king Duncan?

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Who is most responsible for the death of king Duncan? The Play Macbeth was drafted by Sir William Shakespeare, it is an intriguing tale of murder, covetousness, deception and witchcraft. It is the story of Macbeth. His rise and his fall. And his metamorphosis from a brave, kind hearted and admired soldier, Thane and confidant to King Duncan; to his cold blooded deceitful murderer. This play would appeal to James 1st as it showed qualities of good kingship (James had written a treatise on the art of Government.), the divine nature of kings, kings healing powers, the supernatural, the condemnation of the equivocation of Garnet (the porter uses actions and language - pretends to be 'the porter of hell, admitting imaginary sinners', to deliberately confuse/mislead and delay Macduff and Lennox on purpose.). And also James family tree, including Banquo and Edward the Confessor. It begins with the battle. He and his friend return from the fight to inform the king of the outcome and come upon three witches upon the heath. They tell of the friends' futures; they speak of Macbeth... 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter'. ...read more.

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Finally Malcolm is made king of Scotland. There are three possibilities for who is most responsible for Duncans death: ? Macbeth ? Lady Macbeth ? The three Witches Firstly I would like to look at Macbeth as it was he that carried out the murder. It was his choice and his actions that caused the event. On the other hand, he was influenced by the witches and by the pushiness of his wife. But you could say his wife's pushiness is also due to him as he was the one who put the idea in her head by sending her a letter telling of the witches predictions. When he could have just kept it to himself (It took all of Act 1 Scene 7 for him to decide to go ahead with the deed, at the beginning he shows his doubts, 'We will proceed no further in this business: He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon.' and then at the end he is sure that he will go ahead, 'I am settled...False face must hide what the false face doth know'). ...read more.

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They used him like a tool, just as Lady Macbeth has done to get the results they want. Overall I believe it is the witches that are most responsible for the death of King Duncan, due to the fact that it was they who first put the idea into Macbeths head. So if they had not talked to Macbeth he would not have told his wife, she would not have persuaded him into going forward with the murder and the king would still be alive. Also it is then this act, the murder of Duncan, that leads to Macbeths downward spiral finally ending in his downfall. As before all this happened Macbeth was a brave, noble, kind and trusted soldier but after he became a cold, power hungry killer plagued and haunted by his crimes, 'Thou canst not say I did it: never shake thy gory locks at me' . And hated by his people, 'the devil himself could not pronounce a title more hateful to mine ear' 'hell-hound' 'thou bloodier villain' 'coward' 'We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are, Painted on a pole, and underwrit, Here may you see the tyrant' All this hatred finally ends in Macbeths beheading by Macduff at the final battle at Dunsinane. Sarah Dunford ...read more.

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