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Why Did Macbeth Murder King Duncan?

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Why Did Macbeth Murder King Duncan? At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a great conquering hero to his country and is extremely loyal to his King. He risked everything for them both including his own life. Even when Macbeth and Banquo were outnumbered significantly, they were still fearless and fought on! "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name - Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish'd steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour's minion carved out his passage ill he faced the slave;" "As cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe:" When King Duncan hears of Macbeth's heroics, he is extremely pleased with Macbeth's loyalty and his service to him and his country. He also hears how The Thane of Cawdor betrayed him and his country and he is absolutely dismayed. He explains how he had every bit of his trust in The Thane of Cawdor. He tells Ross, a warrior who brought King Duncan the message of Macbeth's heroics, that he wants The Thane of Cawdor to be executed. ...read more.

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Present fears are less than horrible imaginings: My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, hakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not." When Macbeth and Banquo reach Duncan's castle, Duncan greets both of them and treats them with total respect. Macbeth and Banquo however say they are just doing their duty to their King and country. Later that evening, Duncan chooses the heir to the throne in front of everyone. Macbeth and Banquo are both in the scene. He chooses his own son Malcolm as the heir. As the play is set in Scotland, Duncan could have chosen anyone. It was not like the British where the eldest son of the King got be King. Therefore, Macbeth is extremely disappointed and begins to think evil thoughts. He wonders if the prophecies made by the witches would all come true. He had already become the Thane of Cawdor. He starts wondering how long it will be before he is King if the heir to the throne is Malcolm. He also starts to believe that maybe he has to actually do something in order for the prophecies to come true; like murder. ...read more.

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I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this." On the way to Duncan's chamber, Macbeth visualises a dagger that really is not there. He is not able to touch the dagger, but it directs him to Duncan, just before the murder is committed. Therefore, there are a number of reasons as to why Macbeth murdered King Duncan. Macbeth was extremely ambitious and desperately wanted to become King. The witches' prophecies were also to blame, if it had not been for them, Macbeth may not have ever realistically thought about being King. However, as a result of the witches' prophecies, Macbeth was extremely disappointed that Malcolm was elected by Duncan to be Heir to the throne and therefore believed he himself had to do something. Obviously Lady Macbeth had a big influence on Macbeth. She persuaded him to commit the crime even when Macbeth had decided against it. Finally, Macbeth was never really sure whether to Murder Duncan or not, but when he visualised the dagger directing him to Duncan's chamber he followed and went ahead with it. ...read more.

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