"Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the death of Duncan" Discuss the statement and decide whether or not you agree

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The story of "Macbeth" is a tragedy. The statement means whether or not lady Macbeth is responsible for Duncan's death. I think that Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind the death of Duncan because she uses her status as his wife to pressurize him. She uses emotional blackmail to convince her hesitant husband to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is loving towards her husband but also ambitious, this is shown by her instant desire for Macbeth to become king. There are many other small factors that may have influenced Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan such as the witches and Macbeth himself. The witches tell Macbeth the prophecy but make it very ambiguous to Macbeth as to if he should take matters into his own hand or that it is destiny, therefore he wouldn't have to do anything. However, Macbeth is also a factor because he actually committed the murder and told his wife about the witches' prophecy, showing that he wants to be king.

There are a few reasons why Macbeth may have contributed to the death of Duncan such as lady Macbeth jumped to conclusions assuming that Macbeth had to kill Duncan. Macbeth actually went along with it and murdered Duncan. He had no reason to kill Duncan because the prophecy said in the future he would become king 'if chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir.' Macbeth was overwhelmed and excited of the thought he would become king. He wanted to take over Duncan's role as the king because he told his wife about the prophecy.

Another factor that may have contributed to Duncan's death are the witches. The witches are supernatural and are a bad women. They make it very unclear as to how Macbeth would become king. They most likely...