Monday, 8 April 2013
I think that, although Macbeth actually committed Duncan's murder, it was mostly the fault of Lady Macbeth and the witches. First, it was the witches who made the prophecy and who placed the idea of becoming King into Macbeth's head. After the prophecy was told by the witches, he admitted that he had "black and deep desires" and the idea of sickness was introduced. The reader gets the feeling that Macbeth was suffering from a sort of mental illness that leads him to kill Duncan, and we see it to develop until he hallucinates the dagger just before committing the murder. Lady Macbeth also played a big role in Duncan's murder. She pressured Macbeth into committing the murder which pushed his illness or "deep desires" much farther, calling him a coward. Not only this, but she also helped to set up and cover up the murder. In conclusion, Macbeth would never have killed Duncan if it hadn't have been for the witches and Lady Macbeth.