fate of macbeth Essay

278 WordsMar 12, 20082 Pages
The Fate of Macbeth The Witches are very influential to Macbeth because they bring in the idea of fate; others may wonder if Macbeth ever had a chance to do what is right after meeting The Witches. The Witches foretold the future of Macbeth, “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.”(1, iii, 50). These prophesies introduced Macbeth to the ideas of greatness. Macbeth feels he needs to learn more of what the witches may know, “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more,”(1, iii, 70). Macbeth feels overshadowed by Banquo and believes his efforts to kill Duncan will have been in vain if Banquo’s children win the throne before Macbeth’s own. Macbeth feels guilty because Duncan has always looked up at Macbeth and praises him for his loyalty. Macbeth has a hard time dealing with his emotions because in order to become king he will have to kill a true friend. The Witches were the reason for the evil thoughts in Macbeth’s mind but Lady Macbeth was the one to push him over the edge with encouragement. If the witches did not speak to Macbeth he would have been a sane man. Knowing that Macbeth believed the witches because of the two truths that were told, leads him to needing the power to become king. The Witches offer great enticement, but it is in the end, that it is each individuals decision to fall for the temptation or to take the better way out. The witches are only responsible for introducing the ideas or the further forming of them. In these terms the witches can be seen as the keepers of
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