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Who is the most responsible for the death of Duncan?

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Who is the most responsible for the death of Duncan? Shakespeare's Macbeth was written in 1606, it was shown at the Globe Theatre, as were most of Shakespeare's plays. The play is about the rise and fall of the Scottish king Macbeth who ruled Scotland between 1040-57AD. The play was aimed at King James I who was King of England at the time. The play begins by launching us into a meeting with the three witches; the reason for such an introduction was to attract the crowds, especially the King. At that time Shakespearian people were very superstitious, witches were thought of as dark and mysterious creatures. The punishment for being a witch was to be burned at the stake, amongst many other punishments. The opening scene with the witches creates a memorable experience along with conveying the theme of darkness to the audience. The purpose that Shakespeare had in mind in using the first scene of the play was to create a supernatural atmosphere. The use of witches would have been very shocking and disturbing at the time the play was shown. For this sensationalist reason the play would have attracted many people. The person most responsible for the death of Duncan was Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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He believes that these prophecies will only bring harm even before anything begins to happen. Banquo warns Macbeth before he makes any decisions that the witches are evil, and what they are suggesting is evil. Even with such warnings Macbeth chooses to submit to the evil influences of the witches by Murdering Duncan. The other encounter with the supernatural is the appearance of the dagger. This object seems to be confirming the fate the witches foretold about Macbeth. As the dagger appears Macbeth says, "Is this a dagger which I see before me." He follows the dagger that leads to the death of Duncan. The question arises that this is another evil deed implanted into the mind of Macbeth, by the witches. I consider the least responsible for the slaying of Duncan to be Macbeth. At the beginning of the play he is described as, "brave Macbeth", "valour's minion", "valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman," he is an eagle, a lion, and "Bellona's bridegroom," These are the true qualities that made him Macbeth, a great solider and loyal supporter of his king. Someone trusted by his soldiers, fellow lords and especially by Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

Because of this nothing could have stopped him from committing regicide. Macbeth's pride and honour was demolished the moment he felt that he had to kill Duncan. He was driven to the Chamber of the king from when Lady Macbeth Converted him onto when the mysterious daggers appeared before the killing of Duncan, he had only one path to go, to seize the dagger and Kill Duncan. The person who actually carried out the act of murder carried it out under the influence of others. He was the pawn in a bigger game. From the outset he is established as heroic and brave, but the manipulation of the witches and the mental force on the part of his wife all added to the final act carried out by Macbeth. They are all linked in responsibility, no one can be blamed without blaming another. If the witches had not been deceptive about their vision, Macbeth would not have fallen into the trap of glory. Lady Macbeth's rhetoric would not have been as effective without the prior puzzling prophecy of the witches. Finally Macbeth would not have acted just because of the prophecy or just because of his wife. The collective effects of both resulted in his act. ...read more.

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