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Who is responsible for the death of Duncan?

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'Macbeth' By William Shakespeare Essay- who is responsible for the death of Duncan? In this essay, I set out to evaluate the killing of Duncan and find out who is responsible. I will expose the role of each character during the killing and develop this further. The characters I will be assessing are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches. The witches play an important role in the play and put a lot of impact on Macbeth towards the killing. The opening scene of Macbeth implies evil and the word evil, is bonded to the whole play. Shakespeare opens the play dramatically and with great intensity. This easy for Shakespeare as his audience would believe the witches to be agents of the devil. To prove that Shakespeare's audience did believe in witches, they had regular witch-hunts to get rid of their 'evil influence.' Many innocent women were accused of being witches and burnt at the stake. Also, the audience see the witches before the humans, which sets the evil mood/atmosphere throughout the play. The witches are strong and powerful by the way the witches speak they speak in verse. ...read more.

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It would be correct to say that the witches influence Macbeth and that they hold some sort of power or force over Macbeth as if they have put a spell over him. The witches have planted the idea into Macbeth's mind and the idea of committing murder to fulfil the witches' prophecy begins to disturb him... 'My thought, whose murder yet is fantastical Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smooter'd in surmise.' At the end of the scene, Macbeth does actually decides to let everything happen by fate and without any effort of his own as he rightly quotes in lines 143-144... ... 'If chance will have me king, why, Chance may crown me, Without my stir.' After the witches leave Macbeth and Banquo, Ross and Angus appear with a message from the king for Macbeth. The Thane of Cawdor has been executed for treason and his title has been awarded to Macbeth. Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is shocked on hearing this news and cannot believe it. Macbeth questions Ross and Angus about this new title and says that the Thane of Cawdor is still alive and this is impossible. ...read more.

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They leave Macbeth to decide between 'good' and 'evil'. Macbeth chooses 'evil' and the witches do not persuade him into it. The person, who does persuade Macbeth into choosing 'evil', is his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth plays an extremely large part in the death of Duncan. Had it not been for Lady Macbeth's interference, Macbeth would not have murdered Duncan. She is determined to be the one to kill Duncan but she does not carry out the deed, as she also knows the consequences that it would lead to. This is also another reason why she convinces Macbeth into killing Duncan. This is proved when Macbeth appears at his castle. When he and Lady Macbeth discuss the matter, it is Lady Macbeth who appears to be the stronger partner. She is determined that Duncan will not leave their castle alive. She then urges Macbeth to disguise his evil intentions. Lady Macbeth uses the powerful image of dashing out her newborn child's brains in order to shame Macbeth. Macbeth wonders if they might fail. Lady Macbeth accepts the possibility of failure but urges that if Macbeth is courageous, they will not fail. She then outlines her plan. She is the practical one and finally persuades Macbeth who says; ' I am settled, and bend up, Each corporal agent to this terrible feat'. ...read more.

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