Macbeth and King Duncan

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Lady Macbeth greatly influences her husband to kill King Duncan. Although the witches had planted a seed in Macbeth, he had changed his mind on killing King Duncan. In Act 1, Scene 7, Macbeth tells his wife that they will proceed no further in murdering King Duncan: We will proceed no further in this business. He [Duncan] has recently honored me... At this comment, Lady Macbeth is furious. She uses manipulation to control Macbeth. She insults his manhood by asking him if he is afraid to kill King Duncan: Are you afraid To be the same man in reality As the one you wish to be? Would you have the crown Which you believe to be the ornament of life? Lady Macbeth shames Macbeth by insulting his manhood. She challenges his bravery.…show more content…
This was portrayed in the play regarding the main character Macbeth, and how he went virtually insane due to the internal factors that he was much too ambitious towards the prophecies, too gullible towards the witches and their prophecies, and externally, to pressured by his wife Lady Macbeth. Firstly, Macbeth was an elite warrior in King Duncan’s army, and was thought to be very loyal and noble to his king at the beginning of the play : “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth, hath won” [Macbeth, Act I, scene ii, 77]. This all changed extremely when Macbeth was given his prophecies by the 3 witches: “All hail Macbeth, Hail to the Thane of Glamis” [Macbeth, Act I , Scene iii, 50], that caused an internal factor, his strong ambitious, to come into play and help in his downfall. Once receiving the prophecies, and then soon after being informed that 2 of them have came true (Thane of Cawdor and Glamis), Macbeth became overwhelmed and had his ambitions come into play, in a bad way. Macbeth believed that he should take matters into his own hands, so that the final prophecy: “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter!” [Macbeth, Act I, scene ii, 53], him becoming king, would definitely come true. Macbeth got much too ambitious ,which was shown by how he wanted to kill Duncan as soon as possible: “It were
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