Influence over Macbeth

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Influence over Macbeth Decisions are made every day by everyone. These choices, in some cases are not made by one self. There are many outside variables that contribute to the outcomes of these decisions. In William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth is presented with many situations with the responsibility to make difficult decisions. The witches propose certain outcomes in which Macbeth chooses the path that ends in the predicted events. Macbeth and the three witch sisters have the same influence on the future that unravels in William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Macbeth. The witches’ role in guiding Macbeth on his path to destruction is only by suggesting a optional future. This appears during their first meeting. During this encounter, the withes praise Macbeth naming him three titles, Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland. All three titles hold great honor leaving Macbeth yearning for the positions. By the witch sisters declaring Macbeth will possess these titles plants the thought in Macbeths mind which turns into greed; he would not let anything stand in his way to obtain these titles no matter the consequences. The greed Macbeth has come to have becomes apparent after the witches praising when he begs, “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more” (Act l, Scene III pg 307). Greed is the sin that causes Macbeth to commit murder; killing Duncan to secure the crown for his taking. Macbeth continues to make decisions based on what the witches tell him will come true. The witches’ prediction that Banquo will father a line of kings for Scotland motivates Macbeth to kill him for the same reasons at Duncan, to secure the crown. These actions played out by Macbeth are due to prophesy’s he has been told, but he is still responsible for the actions he has made. Along with greed, Macbeth’s actions are caused from his fear of losing the
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