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Why does Macbeth carry out his murders?

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Introduction

Why does Macbeth carry out his murders? Macbeth is the main character of the play and regarded, as the person with all responsibilities, and one of these responsibilities are the murders of King Duncan and blameless people. After reading 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare, we discover the actual reasons for the three murders conceded by Macbeth himself. The first reason might be the three witches made predictions of Macbeth future after fighting the battle with the traitor, Ex-Thane of Cawdor. In act one scene three when Macbeth confronts the witches, they recount to Macbeth's three prophecies, That Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and followed by king of Scotland. The first witch says to Macbeth "All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee thane of glamis" this tells Macbeth he is the thane of glamis, the second with tells Macbeth "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee thane of Cawdor" this tells his future then the third witch saying "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter". ...read more.

Middle

When she said "Unsex me here" she wanted to remove her feminine guile, so she may be possessed with man's ability to perpetrate evil she was demanding that her femininity would change to a man, from her head to the feet with the dominance of evil in her mind and spreading around the body if Macbeth isn't 'man' enough to kill. Macbeth is not fascinated to carry out the murder of Duncan as he keeps stepping away from the subject and says to Lady Macbeth in act one scene seven "He's here in double trust, First, as I am his kinsman, and his subject, strong both against the deed then his host, who should against his murtherer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself". This shows that he is struggling with his conscience is saying that king Duncan has trusted Macbeth as a kinsman and he couldn't bear the knife to murder Duncan, it would ruin him. Lady Macbeth discusses with him in the conversation about how and who will carry out the murder but Macbeth says in act two scenes five "We will proceed ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have blood stained hands and have to wash it away, "A little water cleans us of this deed " says lady Macbeth because others might find out Macbeth is the real murderer. The next day Macduff discovers the corpse of the king and alerts his two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain and they decide they'll have to flee for safety, as they don't want to be the next victims. Macbeth is now aired to the throne and become king of Scotland and now we realise why Duncan's murdered, Macbeth wanted to become the king of Scotland but referring back to the third witches prophecy, he is starting to concern himself with the witches' prophecies that Banquo would be the ancestor to a line of kings and Macbeth would'nt. In conclusion I think it is clear the witches mostly portray evil in Macbeth. Not only are the witches evil themselves but their evilness spreads to other characters throughout the play. I think there is little doubt that without the influence of the witches, Macbeth wouldn't have murdered king Duncan. ...read more.

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