This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Macbeth's Responsibility For The Murder Of King Duncan

1801 words - 7 pages

Macbeth's Responsibility for the Murder of King Duncan

This essay will discuss the issue of King Duncan's murder in William
Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth'. Macbeth is seen to be the one that is
responsible for Duncan's murder as his hands were the ones that
actually killed King Duncan, however, on closer inspection, there are
other influences in Macbeth's decision. The three main influences to
Macbeth's decision are Lady Macbeth, Macbeth and the Witches.

William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth to compete with the other common
types of entertainment in the early sixteen hundreds, Bear Baiting
being one of the most popular. To attract people from these other
bloodthirsty sports, William Shakespeare had to include lots of gore
and bloodshed in his plays. Macbeth is a prime example of using this

William Shakespeare set Macbeth in Scotland to please King James 1st,
as he was Scottish.

King James 1st claimed to be the descendant of Banquo so Banquo is
shown to be brave and conscientious.

In the play, the idea of nature turning up side down if the King is
murdered comes from the traditional belief that contact with the
monarch will relieve all sicknesses and diseases anyone has that
touches them. This puts the King on the same line as 'God' in the
mortal world as he was said to heel people just by touching them.

King James 1st believed strongly in witchcraft, so to please him,
Shakespeare included many references to the supernatural and strange.

On the one side of the story, Macbeth is shown to be willing and
competent to kill king Duncan.

Macbeth being capable of killing other people is shown at the start of
the play when the wounded captain is talking about Macbeth slicing a
rebel from his belly button to his jaw. This is shown by the quote
"Till he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops, and fixed his head
upon our battlements".

Macbeth shows that he is willing to kill the king because he is
interested in the witches predictions after they tell him that he is
going to become the 'Thane of Cawdor' and then King. This is shown by
the quote 'Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more' (act 1, scene
3, Page 30). Macbeth knows that there is already a 'Thane of Cawdor'
and he obviously knows that there is also a King that are both still
alive and well.

Macbeth believes in the witch's predictions about him becoming Thane
of Cawdor and King, and Banquo fathering a long line of kings because
the messengers have come from King Duncan to congratulate him on
becoming the new Thane of Cawdor. Becoming Thane of Cawdor was one of
the witch's predictions for him and he now believes that the second
part of his predictions will come true. When Macbeth is talking to
Banquo after the witches have disappeared and the messengers have come
to congratulate him, he asks...

Find Another Essay On Macbeth's Responsibility for the Murder of King Duncan

Macbeth's Killing of King Duncan in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

2519 words - 10 pages Macbeth's Killing of King Duncan in William Shakespeare's Macbeth The play of Macbeth was technically set in the 11th century (despite showing little indication of the period). The Scottish play was written by William Shakespeare in 1606 and is one of his tragedies, in that the main characters struggle with circumstances and meet death and despair. It was allegedly written for King James 1st by Shakespeare to act as a

Murder in the Castle, an Inside Look at the Death of King Duncan I of Scotland

720 words - 3 pages Murder in the Castle, an Inside Look at the Death of King Duncan I of Scotland Last night, King Duncan I of Scotland was murdered in his chamber. The king was staying at the castle of his Thane, Lord Macbeth, on the night of his murder. King Duncan had been attending a party that Lord Macbeth had arranged for him and his sons. All of Scotland is in mourning for the murder of their beloved king, but everyone wants to know who committed this foul

Lady Macbeth's Responsibility as for the Actions of Her Husband

2639 words - 11 pages play, and is slowly manipulating Macbeth's mind. The more she manipulates his mind, the more authority she has over Macbeth. But because Lady Macbeth has no power in the public, she has to use Macbeth to do her orders and tasks. In scene 6, Lady Macbeth tries creeping and seducing King Duncan in by pretending to be the perfect hostess. This is like a build up for the murder, and also not many people will think it was

The Death Of King Duncan in William Shakespeare

3612 words - 14 pages The Death Of King Duncan in William Shakespeare The original ideas for the play of Macbeth was for William Shakespeare to impress the king of the time (James VI of Scotland later known as James I of England ) by writing a play for him that shared the same beliefs of James I that being The Divine Right Of Kings. The Divine Right Of Kings meant that a king was chosen by god and everybody accepted this, including

Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan. Do you agree?

806 words - 3 pages Macbeth arrives she greets him as Glamis and Cawdor and urges him to "Look like the innocent flower, /but be the serpent under' t" that she will make all the preparations for the king's visit and subsequent murder. "Leave all the rest to me". Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth doesn't want to kill Duncan so she tries to lead and persuade him to kill Duncan. She says that if Macbeth kills Duncan he will get the absolute power of the throne. "Which

The Ways in Which the Different Characters in Macbeth React to the Murder of Duncan

1708 words - 7 pages told by three witches that he will be the next King of Scotland. After Macbeth had finished leading Scotland to victory in battle he is named as Thane of Cawdor by the King, in fact so pleased is Duncan with Macbeth that he accepts Macbeth's invitation to spend a night in his castle and dine with him. Lady Macbeth sees this as the perfect time to eliminate the king for good so that Macbeth could be crowned King of

Lady Macbeth as the Real Driving Force behind the Murder of Duncan

943 words - 4 pages imaginings/ My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical. The way that the witches spoke makes him feel very confused because the witches’ didn’t give him all the hints. The witches only speak in puzzling riddles. So this is great evidence to shows how much Macbeth believed in fate and witches’ prophecy. At first however, Macbeth doesn’t think of killing Duncan. He said, “If chance will have me king, why, Chance may

Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan

1372 words - 5 pages better of him. He knows that as a host he should protect his guests, especially a king as great as Duncan. He has no reason for killing Duncan except for his own ambition, so when Lady Macbeth goes to fetch him back to the banquet tells her that he no longer wants to take part in the murder plans.'We will proceed no longer in this business.'Lady Macbeth doesn't give up easily and persuades her husband that it will all turn out for the better in

Macbeth's Killing of Duncan in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

3587 words - 14 pages Macbeth's Killing of Duncan in William Shakespeare's Macbeth In this essay I will explore all the reasons and explanations behind the killing of Duncan by Macbeth. I will explore all the influences upon him that lead to him deciding to kill Duncan; who is his king. I will explore four factors that contribute to the murder of Duncan; these factors are: Macbeth's personal ambitions, the weaknesses of Duncan, the witches

Macbeth's Responsibility for His Own Downfall

3065 words - 12 pages Macbeth's Responsibility for His Own Downfall During this time in British history, there were many violent battles and plots used in everyday life. It was not wrong to barbarically kill someone using extreme methods during a battle. In fact, if the person was an enemy, rewards were entitled. Many people were also greatly affected by the Kings views on certain issues, and no one really had an opinion of their own, and

Macbeth's Personal Responsibility for his Character Change

1585 words - 6 pages the witches, Macbeth does not readily sow them. For example, before he commits Duncan?s death, he tells Lady Macbeth that they ?will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored [him] of late, and [he] have bought/Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon.? (I, vii, 31-35). This clearly indicates he has doubts in carrying out his plans to murder the King. It is Lady

Similar Essays

Taking Responsibility For The Death Of King Duncan

2257 words - 9 pages Taking Responsibility for the Death of King Duncan The play Macbeth is about a man changing from good to evil, greatness to eventually being killed. Macbeth at the beginning of the play is Thane of Glamis and has just beaten the Norwegians. On the way back to the camp they meet some witches that make prophecies that he is going to become Thane of Cawdor and King which change Macbeth completely. He becomes Thane of

After The Murder Of King Duncan Nothing Goes Right For Macbeth" Do You Agree?

1187 words - 5 pages remorse by saying”Me thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep.Which I think he means for killing Duncan he’ll be punished by never being able to sleep again.After the murder Macbeth immediately murders the servant’s (who were originally framed for the murder), which arouses Banquos’ suspicions of him, as Banquo was originally there when the witches told him of his future and Banquo believes

Macbeth's Murder Of Duncan In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

1020 words - 4 pages Macbeth's Murder of Duncan in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Various different influences act upon Macbeth causing him to murder Duncan. The main ones are his ambition, his wife and the witches. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave warrior, described as noble and valiant, who knows his place and is a loyal servant to the king. Then a small seed planted in his very fertile head, grows very quickly. In

To What Extent Is Lady Macbeth Responsible For The Murder Of King Duncan And The Downfall Of Macbeth?

1439 words - 6 pages . Within the plot, Lady Macbeth prepares for the murder of Duncan. She calls the spirits to help her do what she needs to do. ‘Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty‘. Here Lady Macbeth is showing her evil and bloodthirsty side. She is calling the spirits to rid her of her lady like way. Her caring nature and her womanly loving. She knows that she needs ‘cruelty’ to commit the murder of King Duncan