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Analysis Of Macbeth´S Choices In William Shakespeare´S Macbeth

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In consideration of Macbeth’s crimes, he alone cannot be blamed for his actions. The three witches do prophesy that he will become king which is the reason he does begin to kill; however, nowhere in their prophecy do they foresee the killing of the King. Therefore, the witches don’t direct any of his actions and are in no part liable. Much of the blame can be placed on Lady Macbeth because she has the initial plan to usurp the King’s throne by killing him in his sleep. Macbeth protests to this plan, yet after Lady Macbeth uses methods such as insults and temptation, he reluctantly agrees to murder the King. Macbeth is ultimately to blame for his own actions because every murder he commits is ...view middle of the document...

Without her persistence and manipulation, Macbeth would never have killed King Duncan. Lady Macbeth would “have plucked [her] nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out” (I, Vii, 62-63) to show Macbeth that if she committed to doing something (such as murdering her own child) she would not go against her word. She attempts to harm Macbeth’s pride and enrages him in hopes that he will kill the King. She is the driving force behind his actions to kill the king. Macbeth only becomes insane and kills others after he carries out the deed, which was Lady Macbeth’s idea. Thus, Lady Macbeth shares the blame for Macbeth’s wrongdoings.
Macbeth does, however, choose to kill each of his victims. Lady Macbeth provided the temptation and suggestion to kill King Duncan, but Macbeth does not have to follow through with her plan. After murdering the King, Macbeth kills many more people such as the guards, ordered to keep watch over King Duncan, and anyone else who Macbeth believes will result in his loss of the throne. For most of these...

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