Essay on The Killing Of King Duncan

1212 Words Dec 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Responsibility in the Killing of King Duncan Shakespeare, one of the greatest English poets of all time, wrote many plays. Macbeth is a tragedy that mostly takes place in Scotland, dealing with the physical and psychological effects of ambition. A pivotal point in this play is the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth team up and kill him because they have a desire for power. While both of them are involved in the killing, Lady Macbeth is strictly responsible for the attack. This essay will demonstrate how both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are equally evil characters, and it will examine why Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for the murder because she convinces Macbeth to commit the crime and makes the arrangements for the killing. Lady Macbeth uses different tactics and words to persuade Macbeth to continue the plan in killing King Duncan. When reading the letter from Macbeth concerning the witches’ prophecies, Lady Macbeth’s initial thought is to arrange a murder of Duncan. She says, “Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valor of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round” (I.v.). When Lady Macbeth says this, she is speaking out loud saying that she wants to talk to Macbeth about whatever is holding him back from getting the crown. She wants to persuade him to find a way to solve the problem. The problem is that Duncan is the king and Lady Macbeth wants to have the power. Lady Macbeth’s solution…

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