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.
.The witches represent Macbeth’s evil ambitions and make him want to know more about the future disregarding any consequences. Macbeth was deeply influenced by the witches because they were the ones guiding him to murdering Duncan. As well as the murder of Duncan, the murder of Banquo creates guilt in Macbeth which causes him to have a supernatural occurrence. The ghost of Banquo appears during the banquet where Macbeth is going to be seated. The ghost is only visible to Macbeth.
Once King Duncan was killed Macbeth killed the guards because he was scared. There was no one to blame now for the death of King Duncan. He comes out the room with the dagger in his hand horrified by the crime that he had just committed. Lady Macbeth takes the dagger back and stabs King Duncan even more and leaves it laying beside him. Lord Macduff, thane of fife discovers the body of Duncan and alarms the village.
showing us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind. Macbeth could not have been as honourable and trustworthy as people believed him to be, given that if he had had but a shred of integrity, murder would have been the last thing on his mind. Macbeth is given prophecies by the witches and he is encouraged to act on these suggestions by Lady Macbeth, but he ultimately makes the choices to murder Duncan, Macduff's family and Banquo. The fact that Macbeth feels guilt, fears being caught and fears losing the throne reveals he has hidden anxiety. If Macbeth was truly at the mercy of fate, following the prophesise that was “set out”, he would have no difficulties in carrying out his crimes.
They were the driving force behind Banquo and King Duncan's killing. The witches prophesised that his life would completely change, by becoming thane of Cawdor, then king of Scotland. At first, Macbeth dismissed their prophecies, but after he was promoted to Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth wondered if he will be King, too. "If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir." Another prophecy made by the witches was that Banquo's son will be king.
While this may not seem to be controlling, the mental affect on Macbeth was more damaging then anything they could have imagined. Macbeth’s mental state from the beginning when they first said the prophecy went on a massive decline sanity wise, were Macbeth could only think about how the witches predicted Banquo’s descendents to take the throne. Later on in the play, an apparition that the witches had summoned up for Macbeth says, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!
Macbeth, the title character in Shakespeare’s play, was once a hero whose life ends up in tragedy by the end of the play. There were no doubt, certain characters such as the witches and Lady Macbeth who influenced Macbeth’s decisions earlier in the play. However, to say that the witches were solely responsible for the tragedy, would be incorrect. While Lady Macbeth also played a large role in his downfall, it was mainly his ‘vaulting ambition’ and his evil acts that followed which led to the tragedy. The three witches are to some degree responsible for Macbeth’s demise.
He wants to solidify his power so he kills Banquo and attempts to kill Banquo's son Fleance, but fails. Macbeth starts to feel guilty and sees Banquo's ghost. Soon the witches appear again telling Macbeth to beware Macduff, no man born of a woman shall harm Macbeth, and fear not till Birnam Wood comes to Dunsanine. Macbeth follows the witches warning and kills Macduff's family, but Macduff is not around. He’s actually in England trying to convince Malcolm, Duncan's son, to return and kill Macbeth.
If he continued on the ethical path he was on he very well may have rose in rank importance without his stir. So as Lady Macbeth started Macbeth’s wicked ways she has had a substantial affect on his poor decisions and his eventual demise. The wicked witches as well as Lady Macbeth instil a sense of evil desire in Macbeth that was not evident before their
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me/ Without my stir”. The witches serve an important role for the downfall of Macbeth. The witches seem to have control of special understanding of some of the other ‘characters’ destinies. The witches manipulate Macbeth into committing evil crimes by making him believe that their prophecies are true. For an example in Act 1 scene 3 when the witches told Macbeth he would be the Thane of Cawdor and then it became true.