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Who Is To Blame For the Tragedy of Macbeth?

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Who Is To Blame For the Tragedy of Macbeth? The following essay is about 'who is to blame for the tragedy of Macbeth? '. It will include what the word 'tragedy' actually means the tragedy of the death of Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family. Also, it will refer to the ruination of Scotland and the destruction of a close marriage. The essay will take in the roles of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches and to help understand the play it will look at the historical and social context. The word 'tragedy' has a few meanings but which are quite similar. In a dictionary there will be about four or five different meanings, but the main one is, 'a play in which the main character falls to disaster through personal failing and/or circumstances with which he cannot deal with'. Certain plays are called 'tragedies' and most do end with disaster. Macbeth is called a 'tragedy' as lots of deaths occur leaving people with no family and there are lots of examples of tragedy in this play. One of the many tragedies in Macbeth is death. Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's wife and children are killed. When Duncan dies it is a shock as he was such a well-respected man and was one of the best Scottish Kings there had ever been, " O horror, horror, horror! ...read more.

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Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches' mummy, maw and gulf... Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good." The people in those days also believed that witches allowed the Devil to suck their blood and when people thought someone was a witch, they were examined for the 'Devil's mark'. This is a red mark on their body from which Satan had sucked their blood ('damned spot'). When this play was written, James I was on thrown. William Shakespeare was close to the King at the time, and like most people, he wanted to please the King. It just so happened that James I had an interest in witchcraft and the supernatural and so I think the purpose of this play was to please the King and get in his 'good books' and I think that this would make people go and see this play. Macbeth can be blamed for the tragedy in the play as he wanted to have power and he is a man who reaches his goals and is driven by his ambitions. He wanted to become King and this desire soon enough makes him murder Duncan as when the King names Malcolm as his successor Macbeth says, " The Prince of Cumberland - that is a step, On which I must fall down on, or else o'erleap". ...read more.

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The weird sisters also made Macbeth's ambition and made him driven by it and make sure it is completed. Evil was used by Lady Macbeth when she used some kind of incantation to make her strong, also, they must have made that apparation of the dagger when Macbeth murdered Duncan. The weird sisters have been responsible for most events in the play. They have also been in control of Macbeth as they filled his mind with greed. Macbeth thinks he is in control but really the witches have been in control as they basically use him to make people unhappy such as Fleance, Malcolm and like the people of Scotland. I think the witches do this just for fun and get some kind of sick thrill. I think that the witches are to blame for the tragedies of Macbeth but they couldn't have done it without Macbeth and his 'companion ', Lady Macbeth. The tragedy of the death of Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family all lead to the witches via Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The ruination of Scotland is due to Macbeth, however he is like a 'puppet' and is being half-controlled by the weird sisters. This shows that the witches are to blame for the tragedy of Macbeth but also with the help of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. :) Hammad Ayub 10T GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THE TRAGEDY OF Macbeth? ...read more.

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