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There were many people involved in the death of Duncan the King of Scotland However Macbeth bears the major responsibility for the murder Macbeth committed the task by his own hand He understood the significance of the prediction in relation to his own ambitions Finally Macbeth was aware of his actions and he accepted them Macbeth murdered Duncan He was the one who stabbed the King and he admits that freely in the play I have done the deed relates Macbeth to his Lady after he completed the objective II ii l19 Before the murder he says I go and it is done the bell invites me Hear it not Duncan for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell II I l69-71 In such he plainly states his intent to murder Duncan and again later on he mentions in a soliloquy that To know my deed twere best not know myself II ii l92 Preceding the actual death of Duncan Macbeths ambitions became apparent as the significance of the prediction and actual events emerged Being an ambitious man Macbeth said I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent but only Vaulting ambition which oerleaps itself And falls on the other Iviil25-28 In this speech Macbeth broadcasts his immense ambitions which are the only reason he is pursuing the witches prediction Macbeth upon hearing the witches speak was startled at their prophecy Banquo said to him Good sir why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fairIiiil54-55 Macbeth was startled because of the implications of the forecast Macbeth had thought before about the very thing that he was now being told was his He was infatuated with the idea and he lusted after information pertaining to it Stay you imperfect
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