Who Really Killed King Duncan Essay

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Who Really Killed King Duncan: A Closer Reading on Macbeth

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, many of characters played significant roles in the death of King Duncan. While one of these characters’ actions could not be held responsible on its own, some of the characters are more responsible than others. The witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth all contribute to the brutal slaying of the beloved King Duncan. The witches’ manipulation, and the greed for power of Macbeth and lady Macbeth made it all too easy to commit the crime. Although many people would say Macbeth or Lady Macbeth are most responsible for Duncan’s death, the witches should in fact be the characters to blame. The witches did not physically pull the trigger so to speak, but they did
Lady Macbeth creates the murderous plan of killing King Duncan after receiving Macbeth’s letter about his encounter with the witches. Lady Macbeth does not think that Macbeth is strong enough to go through was such a devious plan, so she takes direct shots at Macbeth saying that he is a coward and constantly questions his manhood. Like every noble warrior out there, Macbeth certainly was not a fan of having his masculinity being humiliated. Lady Macbeth says, “wouldst thou esteem’s the ornament of life and live a coward in thine own esteem” (I. vii. 45-47), when verbally attacking Macbeth. Macbeth has a change of mind about going through with the murder of King Duncan after thinking of the negative snow ball effect that it might present. Instead of letting Macbeth go through with his change of mind, she pushes him even more into murdering King Duncan. Lady Macbeth tells him, “when you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were you would be so much more the man” (I. vii. 56-58), while convincing him that murdering Duncan will make him more masculine and powerful than he already was. After the murder takes place, Macbeth is so rattled by his actions that Lady Macbeth has to return the daggers to the scene of the crime for
As I mentioned earlier, Macbeth entered the encounter with the witches as a noble, trustworthy man. He left as someone completely unrecognizable to the man he once was. When the witches open up Macbeth’s mind to the possibilities of becoming the new King, they corrupt him and turn him into a murderer. While Lady Macbeth was the one who coursed him into the slaying of Duncan, it would not have been possible without her knowing of Macbeths discussion with the witches. At the beginning of their conversation, the third witch says, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (I. iii. 53), and turns the idea of Macbeth becoming the king into a reality for him. The witches’ prophecies easily manipulate Macbeth and even lead him to see Banquo as a threat to his reign. The First and Second Witch tell Macbeth and Banquo, “lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier” (I. iii. 68-69), while explaining that Macbeth will become king, however, Banquo’s children will take over and follow in Macbeth’s footsteps. Banquo is later killed in an attempt to take his son’s life to stop him from becoming king. Macbeth’s naïve personality dooms him during his encounter with the witches. Macbeth is unable to flush the idea of power from his mind, and it leads to a major downfall for him and the deaths of many

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