"He's here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subjects, Strong both against the deed; then as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself" (1.7.12-16) This is where Lady Macbeth comes into Macbeths fall. Because of Lady Macbeths strong will, she convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan so that he may become king. She becomes so obsessed about this crime that she even contiplats doing it herself. "Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty." (1.6.35-38) Her drive behind Macbeth drove him to kill Duncan.
The prophecies told to Macbeth by the Witches were one of the factors that contributed to the degeneration of his character. The prophecies made by the witches aroused Macbeth's curiosity of how he could become King of Scotland. As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies more and more on the witches prophecies. The influence of Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth also contributes to his degeneration of character. Lady Macbeth plays an important role in this play as she provides a scheme for Macbeth to assassinate King Duncan.
Thou shalt be King hereafter'. They said this prophecy because the witches already knew Macbeth was going to be king, but Macbeth didn't want to wait so he had decided to kill Duncan, the current king, so therefore Macbeth would become king sooner. Macbeth himself did contribute to his downfall. If he hadn't killed Duncan to become king, the guilt and confusion would have not lead him to madness. After he killed Duncan, he thought highly of himself and nothing could stop him or get in his way.
Macbeth and the Extraterrestrial In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the supernatural plays an essential role in the character development of the most important characters. Prophecies of greatness, brought on by three witches and led by their leader Hecate, lead to corruption in even the most loyal of men. The theme of what these witches say, “Fair is foul and foul is fair” make people believe good things will happen, when really they are being led astray. One man – Macbeth himself – falls prey to these prophecies, leading him to betrayal, murder, and even insanity. In the time of Shakespeare, people were very superstitious, so he used the witches for theatrical effect.
Ultimately, it is Macbeth’s wife, symbolic of temptation and evil, that is responsible for pulling out the monster of Macbeth. She is the one who sets off the trigger that ultimately leads to Macbeth’s demise, however it is Macbeth that is to blame. He doubted his wife’s judgment however chose not to act on it. This is shown through the scene when he questions Lady Macbeth’s plan to kill Duncan by asking, “If we should fail?” (Macbeth 1.7.64). If it weren’t for his conscience, which he chose to
His own human nature, paranoia and selfishness are what leads him to his death. Macbeth is to blame for his death at the end of the play. Macbeth is manipulated by the witches and believes in their prophecies. The witches have considerable influence over Macbeth throughout the play. First, their early predictions stating that he will be king, and then the predictions of the apparitions saying that he only could be murdered by someone that was not born of a woman.
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It was his decision and he made it in a clear mind with the goal of becoming King. Macbeth was definitely not a villain before he was the Thane of Cawdor.A couple of forces might have drove Macbeth to cause all his crimes. The most evident of the forces that causes Macbeth kill Duncan is Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is very baffled about the prediction and he almost decided to not go forward with the deed when Lady Macbeth entices him to kill Duncan by telling him he is fragile and lacks masculinity. She has a lot more ambition than Macbeth and hopes that he succeeds so she can benefit from all the killings.