Essay on William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

It is very clear in the play who murders king Duncan. However there is a large, ongoing debate over who is most responsible for t. We have to take into consideration what roles the witched and lady Macbeth play in the murder. We will explore the case for and against each.

In Shakespeare's time, witches and witchcraft were extremely popular throughout the country. Apart from a small proportion of people who were against the superstitions and beliefs about witches, the extreme majority were in favour of these ideas and barbarous persecutions. I think that it was something to get excited about and people would enjoy to attend a witch trial as entertainment. Pamphlets
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The witches recount to Macbeth three prophecies; that Macbeth will be thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. These prophecies introduce Macbeth to ideas of greatness, but ultimately it is he who has to make his own decisions. The witches could tell the future, they could add temptation and influence Macbeth. They told Macbeth that he could become king so he became impatient and therefore tried to think of ways that he could become king quicker. But the witches cannot control his destiny. These witches offer great enticement, but in the end it is each individuals decision to fall for this temptation, or to be strong enough not to give in.

When the witches first speak to Macbeth, he doesn't really believe them or what they are saying he will become, yet he is intrigued and wants to know more. When Macbeth says, "Speak, I charge you," We get the impression that he is trying to take control as he is becoming interested in what the witches have told him. They single Macbeth out in the beginning when the third witch announces, "To meet with Macbeth." They also single him out by only speaking to him when they meet and not to Banquo. They tell Macbeth about the prophecies before Macbeth even says anything to them, whereas Banguo has to ask them about his future.

Banquo says, "The instruments of darkness, tell us truths, win

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