The witches give Banquo the prediction of “‘Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none’ ” (Shakespeare 9). The reason to blame the witches is because before this prediction Macbeth and Banquo were best friends. Then when Macbeth becomes king he fears that Banquo will try to kill him because he knows that Banquo’s heirs will some day have the crown. Macbeth no longer trusts Banquo and is driving crazy thinking that his friend will come after just to make sure that Macbeth’s heirs will never get the crown, so Macbeth orders the death of both Banquo and his son to make sure that there is no one else to take the crown away from him. The only reason Banquo is murdered is because Macbeth becomes paranoid after the witches prediction.
Macbeth’s actions are just as poorly chosen as the murder’s that commit the crime today. Macbeth killing anyone in his way is not a way to get to royalty. Succeeding by performing great expectations should be the way Macbeth would want to receive the glory of royalty. Macbeth is seen as good in the beginning of the play for helping his country in fighting against the Norwegian king wanting to harm his familiar surroundings. As the play goes on Macbeth becomes greedy after the mysterious visit of the three witches telling him he will become king.
The witches and Lady Macbeth made Macbeth lose his sanity. Lady Macbeth and the witches were to a great extent accountable for Macbeth’s actions. If he hadn’t trusted the witches’ prophecies so much and if Lady Macbeth wasn’t so vicious, Macbeth could have lived to become a respected King. His own actions, influenced by others, lead to his fatal
In your opinion, how responsible are the witches for Macbeth’s downfall? ‘All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter.’ Act 1 Scene 3 The witches played a crucial part in Macbeth’s downfall; however, I firmly believe that they should not be solely responsible for it. They were the wood, set up and ready for ignition. Lady Macbeth was the kindling, her enthusiasm for her husband to do the wrong thing, caused Macbeth to do what he knew he shouldn’t. And finally, Macbeth’s own ambition was to blame.
Shortly after, Banquo warns Macbeth of danger, explaining that the witches may not be trustworthy: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence. By the end of Act I, Banquo still relates to Macbeth as his friend. Banquo has noticed a strangeness in Macbeth's behavior, but assumes it is merely a reaction to the new honor (Thane of Cawdor) he has suddenly received. Macbeth and Banquo maintain their friendship into Act II, when Banquo mentions the witches. Macbeth lies, saying he never thinks of them, but tells Banquo that he would like to discuss them further.
Another prophesy made by the witches is that Banquo’s sons will become king, the third witch states, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (1.3.65). Macbeth is put into a state of confusion and determination that prophecies are to be fulfilled due to his paranoia, lack of sleep and visions. The witches also show Macbeth three apparitions. The First apparition is an armed head, the first apparition states “Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: beware Macduff/ Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me.
Macbeth’s Downfall Macbeth is at complete fault that lead to his downfall. Instead of waiting to see if the prophecies and apparitions came true, Macbeth decided to take fate into his own hands, and paid with his life. Although the witch’s prophecies and apparitions were quite startling, he could have waited to see if they were telling the truth or not; how far can you really trust a witch? One prophecy told Macbeth that he would be thane of Cawdor. He did not interfere with that prophecy.
This prophecy backfires on him because when he encounters Macduff in a battle, he finds out that Macduff wasn’t born through natural birth but by a C-section. Macbeth finally realizes the inevitably of his fate and lose the battle and war. Nevertheless, superstition affects man because Macbeth was fully naïve to believe he could outwit the prophecies. He relied on the words of the witches, however, interpreted them incorrectly, ultimately degrading his name in
When Macbeth was on the throne, he became scared that someone is trying to put him down. That is when Macbeth went to the witches again. There he received the other apparitions, which made him feel invincible. This false security finally destroyed him. This shows how the witches influence on Macbeth shaped the