Influences on Macbeth

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Macbeth the main character in Macbeth underwent many changes in the plot. Macbeth is about a mans quest to gain power. His tragic flaw is his own ambition, and his growing greed to want more. This leads to the killings of many people, and in the end his own fall. His ambition wasn't his only fall, with the help of the three witches and Lady Macbeth, the reign of Macbeth was very short.
Macbeths first encounter to a personal change happened when he met the three witches. The witches plant a seed of greed into his heart. They make three predictions; Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor and would become King. To Banquo they said that he will father many kings, but never will be one. This starts the play off with Macbeth thinking of ways to become King.
Once Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor he starts devising a plan to become king. Macbeth decides that he is unable to kill the king because of his great respect for him.
"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.
However, when Macbeth is initially told that he will become king, he becomes overwhelmed with the idea. After consulting his wife, Lady Macbeth, he comes to the conclusion that he must kill in order to obtain the throne. Soon, his indulgence in power and his habit of killing to
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