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How many people does Macbeth kill in his play?

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whtiney113 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2007 at 11:48 AM via web

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How many people does Macbeth kill in his play?

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diamoney | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 20, 2007 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Macbeth has Banquo killed and attempts to have his son killed at the same time but Fleance escapes. He sends messengers to kill MacDuff; but because MacDuff has gone to England to assist Malcolm, the messengers murder MacDuff's son and wife instead.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 24, 2007 at 8:52 AM (Answer #2)

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MacBeth kills the first Thane of Cawdor, for trying to lead a revolution against England.  Duncan,the King of England, was murdered by MacBeth.  MacBeth's former best friend, Banquo was also killed by MacBeth.  Lady MacBeth is MacBeth's wife, and although Macbeth doesn’t actually murder her himself, he does, inadvertently push her to the point of making her so insane that she does commit suicide.  Therefore, the total number of lives that were taken, either purposely or inadvertently, was four.

 

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desire1258 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2008 at 10:32 AM (Answer #3)

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brendawm you forgot about the two guards therefore he killed 6

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love525 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 21, 2008 at 3:24 PM (Answer #4)

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it 7!!!! the murderers killed lady macduffs son!!!
so the total deaths is 7

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asher4heart | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM (Answer #5)

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he doesn't kill the thane of cawdor. he kills the thane of galmis.  That's how he knew he had that title and the witches had to prophicize the thane of Cawdor.  When I saw the play they murdered the baby that lady macduff was holding. I don't think that is in the reading tho. At least not in my brit-lit book.

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 21, 2008 at 11:20 PM (Answer #6)

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Macbeth IS the Thane of Glamis--that's his original title. During the battle in Act 1, he kills Macdonwald, one the leaders of the rebel forces: he "unseams him from the nave to the chaps" (rips him open from his navel to his jaw). Macdonwald is the first man Macbeth kills although we only hear about this action; it is, however, an honorable feat done to defend Scotland. All other killings (Duncan, the king's two guards, Banquo, Lady Macduff, her family, and household, and Young Siward) that he performs or orders to be done are the result of his "o'erweening ambition" and desire to remain king.

Lady Macbeth's suicide, I believe, is the result of her own guilt about involvement in Duncan's death.  Although she does speak of other deaths in her sleepwalking scene, none of these would have occurred if Macbeth had not succumbed to her belittling his manhood when she said in effect he wasn't man enough to kill the king. She wasn't by nature wicked, remember; she had to call on evil spirits "unsex" herself so that she could be tough.

The total number of deaths Macbeth is responsible for is difficult to determine because we don't know how many people died in Macduff's castle. 

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r0sered17 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 24, 2008 at 12:30 AM (Answer #7)

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besides the ones already mentioned i wud say as a soldier he killed countless people the way how he kills mercylessly  Macdonwald(even though he is a traitor mabeth goes overboard and kills him harshly)thats means he is already used to killing and dont mind whether if any1 is innocent or not

Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements.

 does this make sense i wondrer? (o_O)

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM (Answer #8)

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Macbeth kills multiple people

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM (Answer #9)

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Macbeth kills Duncan,Banquo, Mcduff's wife and son and Young Siward a total of 5

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theasiangangster | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2015 at 8:48 AM (Answer #10)

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Macbeth killed countless enemies in war. He also kills rebel Mcdonwald. He then murders Duncan. After that he kills Duncan's two guards. He then sends murderers to kill Banquo but his son escapes. Then he kills the murderers to silence them. I don't quite remember if there were two or three. Then he brutally slaughters Lady Macduff and her family. It doesn't state how many people died but I guess around 10. In the final battle, Macbeth manages to finish off a quite a few soldiers including young Siward and then Macbeth gets killed himself.

-Many rebel soldiers (lets say around 30)

-Macdonwald

-King Ducan

-Duncan's guards

-Banquo

-3 Murderers

-Lady Macduff

-Mcduff family (lets say around 10)

-Young Siward

-Lets say around 15 soldiers

So probably around 65 or even more (including un-named soldiers in war)

20 (not including un-named soldiers)

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