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"Lady Macbeth Is The Real Driving Force Behind The Death Of Duncan" Discuss The Statement And Decide Whether Or Not You Agree

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The story of "Macbeth" is a tragedy. The statement means whether or not lady Macbeth is responsible for Duncan's death. I think that Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the death of Duncan because she uses her status as his wife to pressurize him. She uses emotional blackmail to convince her hesitant husband to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is loving towards her husband but also ambitious, this is shown by her instant desire for Macbeth to become king. There are many other small factors that may have influenced Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan such as the witches and Macbeth himself. The witches tell Macbeth the prophecy but make it very ambiguous to Macbeth as to if he should take matters ...view middle of the document...

At first, Macbeth never thought of being king but when the witches proposed the idea, it may have been a small factor contributing to the death of king Duncan.Lady Macbeth is a cunning and calculating wife. She uses many clever tactics to manipulate her husband such as questioning his manhood and his love for her. 'Is too full o' the milk of human kindness.' Macbeth is horrified by his own thoughts and has doubts of murdering Duncan because he is seen as a god and is highly regarded. He fears that he cant live up to the responsibilities of being king. When Macbeth is overwhelmed and confused, he turns to his wife to seek advice. "If good, why do I yield to that suggestions whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings,' shows Macbeth's reaction to the prophecy. Lady Macbeth fear her conscience will catch up with her. In order to prevent her from feeling any guilt, she summons evil spirits to take away her...

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