Prosecution Of Macbeth (if He Was Tried For The Mu Essay

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Prosecution Of Macbeth (if He Was Tried For The Murder Of Duncan)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, we have heard the defence glorify Macbeth in an effort
to cloud the horrible acts of murder that he committed. The question that we are here to
answer today stands, ?is Macbeth guilty of the murder of our beloved king, Duncan?. Many
questions cloud our judgement today. Did Macbeth have a motive to kill the king? Did
Macbeth meticulously premeditate the murder of Duncan? Did Macbeth carryout, then cover up
the murder of King Duncan? Ladies and gentlemen it will be difficult, nay impossible for
you to deny any of these allegations of murder against Macbeth, because simply put, he did
commit these vicious acts of murder.

Members of the jury, King Duncan was ruler of Scotland in a kingdom which the Scottish
lineage to the throne moves from father to first-born son. However a member from within
the same bloodline could lay claim to the throne if Duncan had no living sons. Therefore a
question ponders in your mind. Why would Macbeth murder king Duncan? Macbeth had no
legitimate claim to the throne

However ladies and gentleman, what some of you may not know is that Macbeth was in-fact
the King?s cousin. Before Duncan?s untimely death he stated to Macbeth: ?O valiant cousin!
Worthy gentleman? (pg 32) which confirms that Macbeth was in-fact Duncan?s cousin.
Therefore Macbeth was in the same bloodline as Duncan, and therefore could take the throne
if Duncan had no sons who were able to ascend to the throne. But since Duncan had already
named Malcolm as heir to the throne, Duncan had to be murdered. This was always in the
back of MacBeth?s mind from the very beginning. The prophecy of the three witches, only
fired his imagination to confirm the terrible deeds he was already planning, the death of
king Duncan and tearing the throne from his dying hands.

Macbeth stated ?I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away,
and mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what false heart doth know.? (Pg
55) This demonstrates that he was resolute and determined to use all the powers of his
body to commit that terrible murder. He was to deceive the world by framing two innocent
servants and appearing distraught by Duncan?s untimely death. The death of a king, who was
a kind-hearted man, was aided by the blatant mis-use of his own love, loyalty and trust
for his closest friends

In order to commit a murder of such beloved king Macbeth had to meticulously plan out
step-by-step on how he would carry out this vicious deed. At every opportunity Macbeth
conspired with his wife Lady Macbeth in how to commit and succeed with such a murder. Lady
Macbeth stated: ?The unguarded Duncan? What no put upon his spongy officers who shall bear
the guilt of our great quell? This phrase clearly states that they planned to murder
Duncan and place the blame solely on the two servants guarding Duncan?s chambers. Macbeth
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