Macbeth Is the ‘Captain of His Ship’ and, as Such, Is Soley Responsible for the Murder of Duncan.

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“Macbeth is the ‘captain of his ship’ and, as such, is soley responsible for the murder of Duncan. Discuss” Macbeth is not soley responsible for the murder of King Duncan. It could be argued that he is responsible because he had the dagger and he did the gruesome deed, but ultimately he is not soley responsible because the idea was planted in his head by the three witches and Lady Macbeth. “And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence.” --Banquo, Act I, scene iii (L123). The points that will be argued are, that Lady Macbeth played a large role in the murder of King Duncan, The three witches planted the idea in Macbeth’s head, and that the murder of King Duncan was all Macbeths doing. In many ways, Lady Macbeth drives Macbeth to the murder and acts as more of a physical spur, as opposed to the witches who use a mental approach. She bullies him, uses emotional blackmail and knows he is morally sensitive so he must be pushed. She mocks his bravery and knows he is a warrior and will be insulted. When Macbeth is thinking about not going ahead with the plan she says, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man”. She is basically telling Macbeth that he will be more of a man if he kills King Duncan. She also organises the fine details of the murder. The main part is when she goes to put the daggers back. Macbeth has returned from the murder scene and brought the daggers with him. She is annoyed with him because he is being careless and is too scared to go back after the murder. She goes and puts them back herself. Lady Macbeth plays a key role as she removes her feminine caring feelings so she can push Macbeth to carry out the murder. Secondly, the witches are also responsible for the murder of King
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