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Who is mostly to blame for the events in Macbeth?

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´╗┐Good morning, I am here today to discuss who is to blame for the tragic events that occurred in William Shakespeare?s play, Macbeth. Could it have been The Witches, whose prophecies instigated the horrendous unfold of events, or Lady Macbeth, because it was her that sealed Duncan?s fate, and her guilt that led to suicide. Or perhaps it was Macbeth himself. His greed, belief in the prophecies and corruption of power could have led to the murder of King Duncan, Banquo and Macduff?s family. At the beginning of the play, Scotland is at battle with Norway. Fresh from battle, Macbeth has his first encounter with the Three Witches and is accompanied by Banquo. Three initial predictions are made. The first witch says, ?All hail, Macbeth?Thane of Glamis,? the second witch goes on to say ?Thane of Cawdor, and the third witch says Macbeth ?shalt be king hereafter.? The prophecies have a lot of influence on Macbeth. The witches portray intelligence by approaching Macbeth at the correct moment in time, when he is full of triumph and fresh from the fighting and killing. Macbeth demonstrates his deep beliefs in the supernatural and fate when he says, ?If chance may have me king, why, chance may crown me? Shakespeare shows Macbeth having murderous thoughts in his mind that are prompted by the prophecy as he asks Banquo why he ?yield to that suggestion? and His ?thoughts, whose murder is fantastical shakes so single state of man.? The Witches are speaking Macbeth?s innermost thoughts. ...read more.


The power of man, for none of women born shall harm Macbeth.? Sill apprehensive, Macbeth hires murderers to kill Macduff, but he has fled to England. Instead they kill Macduff s family, yet Macbeth no longer feels guilt, he has committed so much evil that he has distanced himself from any remorse. In Act 1,Scene 5, Macbeth sends a letter to his wife, informing her of his new title as Thane of Cawdor, and his connections with the Weird sisters and their prophecies. As soon as she finishes the letter, she determines that Macbeth will receive ?what thou art promised? and the only way this can be achieved is that Macbeth kills King Duncan. However, she feels her husband is ?too full of the milk of human kindness? to fulfil this act of treason. Lady Macbeth summons spirits to ?unsex? her and ?thicken [her] blood? so she can, too, complete this act. Macbeth brings further news that Duncan is coming to spend the night with them, it becomes clear to Lady Macbeth that her role is to seize the moment and facilitate her husband?s rise to kingship. However, In Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth makes it clear he wants to ?proceed no further? in the planning of King Duncan?s death. Lady Macbeth?s desire for her husband to become King and her Queen is evident when she uses a variety of techniques to persuade Macbeth. ...read more.


I believe that The Witches are partially responsible. If they could see the future and make these predictions, they must have been able to see what Macbeth was going to do. Macbeth was foolish; he should not have put so much trust in the Witches. They meant for Macbeth to get into this trouble, that he was just an instrument for them to perform and execute their evil mischief. From all the evidence I have concluded that Macbeth was responsible. He was a weak man; it was not long before the Witches and his wife were able to influence him. Being a man of status and power, he should not have allowed himself to get involved with the supernatural. The deeds he performed are sheer evil and no one can place the blame upon anyone else but Macbeth. He made the choice to kill; all he had to do was to refuse Lady Macbeth, which was not hard seeing as in those days, men were superior to women. Furthermore, the witches did not tell him to kill Banquo or Duncan, Macbeth decided this himself. He should not have been so willing to listen to the Witches and rather than just being suspicious of his friends, he should have questioned The Sister more. As the play progressed, he became a cold and callous man. He got his kingship, but was left with nothing. At the end Macduff rightly defeated him, and one of Duncan sons- Malcolm became King. Macbeth was responsible for the tragedies that occurred. ...read more.

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