In the play of Macbeth, there are some characters that could be responsible for Duncan’s death. I personally think Lady Macbeth is the cause of Duncan's murder. She is the most ambitious to kill the king in the beginning of the play, pressuring Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was persuasive of driving Macbeth to commit the murder. She manipulates him to go through with the murder even though he was very doubtful about it.
“Looks like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it”(Shakespeare 1.7) this truly defines Lady Macbeth and describes her being someone that acts one way in certain situations and then in a contrary manner in others and also shows her manipulative personality and exploits her victims. Lady Macbeth is sharp at convincing and uses people for her need which she does throughout the play. In the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is ultimately responsible for Macbeth’s undoing because her ambition supported his greed and provoked his downfall. Lady Macbeth with her demanding and forceful comments triggered Macbeth 's weakness which leads Macbeth to agree on the murder. When King Duncan arrives at the castle Lady Macbeth is kind and welcoming but not knowing she was planning his murder.
Lady Macbeth’s ability to bring the ambition back to Macbeth with greater attempts is a big reason for him killing Duncan. When Macbeth comes back from killing Duncan, she is so happy. She does something that she only does once throughout the whole play, She calls out to him “[m]y husband!" (II.ii.13), when he returns from completing the job. Lady Macbeth has no true attraction to Macbeth himself, but rather to the power he now contains.
He acted because his first prophecy came true about being thane of cawdor. Macbeth is convinced after a talk with his wife he finally decided to kill Duncan. In this part it shows how greedy Macbeth and lady Macbeth are in the beginning. “Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing”. (Macbeth Act 1 scene 2 lines 139-40) Macbeth is to Banquo about the witches granting him success.
Macbeth is manipulated by other characters in the play by falling for their ‘mind games’. Shortly after Lady Macbeth received Macbeth’s note, she has an urge to kill Duncan. She results in playing mind games with Macbeth in order to persuade him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth first flatters him and calls him the “Thane of Cawdor” which excites Macbeth. When Macbeth becomes hesitant about killing Duncan, she questions his manhood: “What beast was’t then, that made you break this enterprise to me?
In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the leading motif, ambition, equally serves as the catalyst for Macbeth’s demise. Throughout the play, Shakespeare gradually exposes Macbeth’s weak character and internal darkness as he presents Macbeth with the seductive illusion of power and ambition. Macbeth’s ambition turned him from a noble Thane to a murdering King, encouraged by his wife until his tender character turned ruthless, and eventually led to the final deaths Lady Macbeth and himself. In the beginning of Macbeth, the protagonist possessed respectable qualities. Similar to Oedipus, Macbeth desired to save their kingdoms either from the plague or Scottish traitors.
The vile witches manage to cultivate the subconscious desire to be king in Macbeth. Then, when Macbeth seeks the witches, they further equivocate, orchestrating his downfall by misleading him. The author also depicts Malcolm using equivocation to deceive MacDuff into revealing his true personality, helping him develop a valuable alliance to defeat Macbeth. From these instances of deception in Macbeth, Shakespeare shows equivocation as a weapon. Equivocation is a weapon that grants significant power over a situation to its caster by enabling them to reveal the true intentions of the victim and manipulate their action with the results depending on the intent of the equivocator.
There comes a point in life where some people face an opportunity to do an unlawful act and must decide to go through with it or not. Macbeth was faced with a chance to end King Duncan’s life and to become King himself, as Lady Macbeth had just come to him and made him aware of her plans to murder Duncan. In Macbeth’s soliloquy during Act I scene VII, he uses an apprehensively cautious tone to convey how conflicted he is to the readers. The purpose of this speech is for Macbeth to explain why killing Duncan is a horrible idea. Also, Macbeth’s faith in the three witches is a big reason he decides to do and they are why Lady Macbeth created the idea to kill the King.
Where the first encounter with the witches happen and they both hear their fate. It all starts with all three of the witches saying all hail to Macbeth, thane of Glamis and Cawdor (which he isnt yet but will be). And then the famous line of “ All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Mac-1-2-52. After hearing this Macbeth cant get enough he wants more. He even “charges” them so they will explain it all but they vanish.
During that night, he is murdered and Macbeth becomes king. Later in the story, the Weird Sisters approach Macbeth once more because of his request to reassure his authority. Three apparitions appear and inform him to beware of Macduff, and that he cannot be harm by a man born of woman. Towards the denouement of the play, Macbeth comes in contact with Macduff and is not afraid because he assumes that Macduff is born of woman, but he is wrong. Macduff remarks that “ .