Essay on English Coursework: Macbeth

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English Coursework: Macbeth

In this essay I will be discussing who is responsible for the death of
King Duncan In Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’.

The main character in the play, Macbeth, murders King Duncan. However,
I feel that he was not totally to blame. I believe that both Lady
Macbeth and the three witches played a part in his death and this should not be overlooked.

The three witches are all sisters. We first meet the witches in the very first scene of the play when they are on the heath casting a spell. Shakespeare sets the mood of the play by having them on the moor in the thunder and lightening. This creates a feeling of evil.
This is where the witches first mention Macbeth.

Where the place? Upon the heath. There
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The idea actually frightens him very much

What horrid image doth unfix my hair

And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,

My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,

Shakes so my single state of man…

But then Banquo gives Macbeth some words of warning. He was saying that some of the prophecies may come true but do not let them get the better of you. On Macbeth’s way home he ran into a messenger. Who had a message from the king, the message was that he was to become the
Thane of Cawdor. After learning that he is to be Thane of Cawdor,
Macbeth begins to think how he could be king Macbeth says he saw a
“horrible image” that “doth unfix my hair” This proves that he is thinking and not leaving it to chance.

He then writes a letter back to his wife Lady Macbeth Telling her about what the witches had said and also told her that he was now
Thane of Cawdor. When she reads this letter she says “unsex me here” she says that because she is willing to do anything to make Macbeth king. Macbeth then returns to his castle and him and his wife start to plot the death of king Duncan. A messenger then comes to Macbeths castle in
Glyanis telling him that the king was going to stay the king would be staying the night in Macbeths castle the following night. This changed everything Lady Macbeth thought that Macbeth would simply kill
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