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Who is to blame for king Duncans death

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Write Macbeth who is most to blame for the murder of Duncan Answer: Macbeth (1606) is undoubtedly one of William Shakespeare's (1564 - 1616) most outstanding plays. Shakespeare is usually considered as the greatest dramatist in the world. One of the reasons for Shakespeare's world wide appeal is the number and variety of characters he created. They include persons of all types, who came from all walks of life. Another reason is his amazing knowledge of a wide variety of subjects like - science art, politics, history, psychology, hunting, supernatural, world etc. In "Macbeth" Shakespeare introduces numerous characters before us. Among them Lady Macbeth is the most remarkable. She is a sublime character who inspires the feeling of awe. Like her husband she is fired by the passion of ambition. She exercises great influence upon her husband's decisions and actions. In fact, Macbeth is motivated in the play by the will of his wife. The play shows the view of kingship held by King James I (James VI of Scotland) and by many of that time. The universe is divinely ordered by God. The king held's his position at the head of the state from God; he in God's anointed. ...read more.


But the witches are not fully responsible for Duncan's murder. It was Lady Macbeth who gives the fuel to the fire of Macbeth's ambition to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is informed through a letter by Macbeth, describing the brief meeting with the weird sisters, and the good fortune promised to him on going through this letter she jumps to the conclusion that the shortest way for her husband to attain the throne is by assassinating the present king, Duncan she knows that Macbeth does not possess the necessary wickedness which he needs in the present situation. She says: "Thus thou must do if thou have it". Therefore, she decides to give him the words of encouragement which will drive away all the scruples and fears which may come to him. When a messenger gives her the news of Duncan's impending visit to her castle; she readily looks upon it as the required opportunity to dispose of Duncan. At that time she invokes the supernatural spirits to come to her aid: "Come, you spirits That tends on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me, from the crown to the toe top - full Of direst cruelty". ...read more.


Ultimately by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth kills King Duncan. Thus Lady Macbeth's influence upon her husband plays a crucial role in developing the main action of the play. It is that the thought of murdering Duncan initially comes to Macbeth's mind from his meeting with the witches, though he never tells in the play. But without Lady Macbeth's instigation's, the thought might probably never have been transformed into action. After murdering a sleeping man Macbeth lost his peace of mind. He heard a voice crying "sleep no more". Because Macbeth has murdered sleep. He is afraid of thinking about what he has done. Macbeth utters the following lines in bitter agony: "To know my dead, 't were best now know myself. Wake Duncan with thy knocking: would thou couldst!" Actually Macbeth want to remain permanently lost in thought than to be fully conscious of the nature of his deed. To conclude we may say that Lady Macbeth is the female counterpart of the evil which is presented in this play by Macbeth. She supplements the part played by the witches in bringing Macbeth's secret ambition to surface, and her part, in fact, goes far beyond that of the witches. That is why she has rightly been called a "fiend like queen" by malcolm. It is she who is responsible for the tragedy of her husband. ...read more.

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