Who Is Responsible For King Duncans Death

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Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan?

The question for who is to blame for King Duncan’s death is a complex one. After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begin their demise. Although Macbeth did actually commit this awful treachery, who is responsible is the question that still remains. Did Macbeth murder Duncan whilst knowing the consequences? Or was it Lady Macbeth that manipulated Macbeth from the start? Or did the witches play tricks with Macbeths mind? I will attempt to answer this question by the end of this essay. The play, Macbeth, was written around the time of the gunpowder plot in 1605 to 1607. This may have had an effect on how Shakespeare wrote Macbeth. The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 had been an abortive attempt to blow up King James I and parliament. Seeing what happens to a usurper who attempts to breech the law of the observation of the Devine Right of Kings would have greatly pleased the new Stuart King.
The play opens as three witches arrange to meet Macbeth upon the Heath. They then meet Macbeth and Banquo after a battle as they were crossing the moor. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be made Thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. They also prophesy that Banquo (a companion of Macbeth) will beget a line of Scottish Kings, although he will never be King himself. The witches vanished after the telling of their prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo and leave both men treating their prophecies sceptically until two of Duncan’s general had indeed come to congratulate Macbeth on becoming Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth & Duncan arrange to meet and Macbeth invites King Duncan to Castle Inverness to join himself Macbeth and Lady Macbeth for dinner. Before Duncan arriving, Macbeth writes ahead to his wife explaining all that has happened. Macbeth tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, what the witches have predicted and that he has been
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