Taking Responsibility For The Death Of King Duncan

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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 Cawdor and his wife pours evil thoughts into him. He
murders the King Duncan and anyone who stands in his way, but Macduff
knows what Macbeth is doing and builds up an army and eventually kills
Macbeth. When this play was written, James 1 was king. This play would
have pleased King James 1 because he hated regicides and to see
Macbeth get his head cut off and put on a spike would scare people to
even think of killing the king. Also most people believed in witches
in those days which would make the play seem more realistic. The three
main people to be blamed are Macbeth himself, Lady Macbeth, his
cunning wife and the 3 witches that made the prophecies in the first
place.

Lady Macbeth could be mostly to blame because she told Macbeth what to
do when he was in doubt. Lady Macbeth did not represent a
stereotypical woman in the Shakespearian time because she was the more
dominant person in the relationship and the man usually looked after
the money and was head of the family. The first time Lady Macbeth
speaks is when she is reading out Macbeth’s letter to her, telling her
about the witches. After she reads out the letter to herself
(soliloquy) she tells the audience what she thinks straight after:

“What thou art promis’d: yet do I fear thy nature.”

This shows to the reader that she is afraid what Macbeth maybe like
and then this follows a few lines later:

“Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without the
illness should attend it.”

This implies that Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to do something bad, so
she is planning how she will persuade him to do this. She also says in
her soliloquy:

“Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and
chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the
golden round.”

This tells the reader that she wants to put evil into him.

In scene 6 Lady Macbeth is speaking to King Duncan and is taking
complements from him about their home and how good a hostess she is.
After the complements she says:

“In every point twice done, and then done double.”

This is showing that she is deceitful and should not be trusted but as
the audience only know this, it is dramatic irony. Lady Macbeth is
nice to King Duncan by calling him good things, like:

“Highness, most pleasure.”

In scene 7 Lady Macbeth shows signs of doubt in their plan, by asking
many questions:

“Wherein...

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