Lady Macbeth as the Real Driving Force Behind the Murder of King Duncan

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Lady Macbeth as the Real Driving Force Behind the Murder of King Duncan

Even though Macbeth is actually the murderer of King Duncan, It

appears that he commits this murder reluctantly and should not be

blamed for the murder or bear the full responsibility of the murder.

The three witches and Lady Macbeth actually played significant roles

in cajoling Macbeth into committing the murder and could be argued

that Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of King


Witchcraft was a strong influence in Shakespeare's time. People

believed in the power of witches and their powers were widely

recognised by everyone. The play Macbeth was written as a play for

King James Ι, who was actually interested in witchcraft and actually

wrote a book about witchcraft, this point's out that witches were

taken seriously during His epoch and that many people believed in it.

The appearance of the witches in Shakespeare's play would have created

a height of tension in the play.

It is believed that the witches played an important role in the murder

of King Duncan. Act1 Scene1 is a dialogue of evil as the sisters of

evil plan to meet Macbeth. They planned to meet Macbeth "when the

battle's lost and won, upon the heath" as stated by the second witch.

This scene doesn't actually reveal the witches' plans for Macbeth but

it gives us an insight that their plans were evil.

When the witches encountered Macbeth in Act1 Scene3, the proclaimed

Him "Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor" and also predicted that he

shall be king afterwards "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king

hereafter". Although Macbeth is a nobl...

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...rn as you have done to this", this

illustrates how belligerent she is and how badly she wants to become

queen. This image is actually effective as She finally succeeds in

convincing Macbeth into killing King Duncan.

In conclusion, I consider Lady Macbeth to be the real driving force

behind the murder of King Duncan, as She inveigles Macbeth into

thinking of the positive outcomes and overlook the negative ones, She

challenges his manhood by calling Him a coward and She also creates a

braver image of herself dashing the brains of her baby out, and that

she would have done the deed if Duncan did not look like her father as

He slept. Although the witches brought up the whole ambition of

Macbeth becoming King, Lady Macbeth still remains the real driving

force as she constantly persuades Macbeth into committing the murder.
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