Rdquo's Role In Macbeth

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Macbeth - William Shakespeare - Practice Essay One “The real villain in the play was Lady Macbeth. Do you agree?” William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is a play based around two good soldiers, Macbeth, and Banquo. Shakespeare uses the idea of autonomy of will all throughout the play, suggesting that no matter how much a person is persuaded or encouraged to perform an act, the final decision is always made willingly and consciously by the person. Therefore, no matter how many different forms of persuasion Macbeth receives, whether is be in the form of Lady Macbeth, or the Three Witches, each action Macbeth makes is made with the full understanding of the consequences, as well as being able to decipher good…show more content…
Macbeth goes back to the Three Witches to demand they answer all his questions. They answer in forms of apparitions, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife”. At the same time, Macbeth is furious to learn that Macduff has fled the country. Macbeth’s fury leads him to swear to kill Macduff’s family, a villainous act that was made by Macbeth, with no influence from Lady Macbeth. Although it was the Three Witches that told Macbeth to beware of Macduff, Macbeth’s autonomy of will leads him to make the decision to kill Macduff’s…show more content…
With this in mind, even though Lady Macbeth fiercely persuaded Macbeth to kill the King, it was Macbeth’s final decision to commit the murder. It was Macbeth’s decision that also saw the villainous acts of the murder of Macduff’s family and Banquo and his son, Fleance, go ahead. Yes, the Three Witches deceitfulness indirectly encouraged Macbeth, but Shakespeare’s autonomy of will suggests Macbeth always had the final decision. This means that no matter how much Lady Macbeth, or the Three Witches, tried to influence Macbeth, they can not be the real villain in Shakespeare’s

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