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Macbeth is ultimately responsible for the murder of Duncan as he is the host and honour bound to offer protection to the visitor; he is also responsible for his actions and as an army general, he is capable of making his own decisions without letting anyone influence his ambition. Introduction
I. Macbeth has his own mind.
A. He makes the ultimate decision in the end.
1. He should not let his ambition be influenced.
2. He backed out at one point.
a. Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 31-35
b. He has been a successful general.
3. He wanted it too.
B. The prophecies; Macbeth’s perspective.
1. Immediately after the prophecy.
a. Killing Duncan.
b. Witches predicted he will be King.
c. They said nothing about murder.
2. No one woman born can defeat him.
a. Macbeth’s interpretation.
c. Point he misses.
d. Act 5, Scene 8, Lines 11-13
II. His ambition.
A. He is a well-respected, battle General straight out of War.
1. Battle general straight out of war.
a. Already capable of killing.
B. Murdering Duncan.
1. Wouldn’t be happy with being a Thane and General forever. 2. He would have wanted more with or without pushing.
3. Ambition driving him
a. Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 25-28
III. No one else’s fault.
A. Macbeth was the one to physically kill Duncan.
1. He was able to do it.
2. He gets the blame.
B. Not the witches.
1. Planted a seed.
C. Lady Macbeth is not to blame.
1. Tyrant after murder.
2. Didn’t plant the seed.
a. Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 126-141
b. Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 1-12
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