The three witches are the roots of Macbeth’s lust for power and his fear of death. In the beginning they cause Macbeth to believe he will obtain power. They proclaim “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
Although, Macbeth takes the dagger and kills King Duncan, Lady Macbeth was the one who planned to kill him that night and frame his guards. I believe that Lady Macbeth played a huge part in the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth was ambitious about becoming King, yet, at moments he felt uneasy about the idea of murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth convinced him otherwise challenging his manhood and planning the murder to the finer details. Lady Macbeth went to great measures to make sure Duncan was killed; she even called upon the evil spirits to aid her.
It reveals Lady Macbeth's diabolical nature: instead of advising him against believing the witches' prediction that he would become king she decides to incite him to murder Duncan. She knows fully well that her husband could become king of Scotland only by murdering Duncan. It reveals that Macbeth is "too full o' the milk of human kindness" and how she plans to "chastise him with the valour of her tongue" to fulfil their ambitions, this quote also shows some disturbance in Lady Macbeth because it sounds quite manly and unfeminine. This clearly indicates that Lady Macbeth is the dominant partner in their marriage and that although Macbeth is a brave and courageous military commander he can be easily manipulated by his wife. This has led many critics to conjecture whether Lady Macbeth herself is a witch in human form.
She is annoying Macbeth until he gives in and commits the murder. Shakespeare is writing his play as the Witches being the tormentors and the evil ones thinking of the king special in mind. This is because the king and people in those times believed that witches causes every bad thing. The king also believes that the witches also killed his mother and his father. Also because of making witches being the evil people in the play he would get more funding for his theatre.
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.
Without Macbeth’s ambition his tragic flaw could not come into place. From the moment Macbeth murdered King Duncan for his ambition, he became the tragic hero and developed the fatal flaw which leads him to his death. With the contributing factors of: the 3 witches’ prophecies, Lady Macbeth’s negative influence and manipulation, and Macbeth’s ambition to be King, all together greatly contributed to the degeneration of Macbeth from a well respected noble man to a detested blood-lust fiend, and then… to his untimely
The prophecies of the witches have planted a seed in Macbeth’s mind that if he kills Duncan, the current king, he will be one step closer to being king. However, although he is ambitious and his wife is pushing him to kill Duncan, he feels guilty killing his king. As Macbeth is contemplating the murder, he has a vision of a bloody dagger leading him to Duncan. The passage “Is this a dagger I see before me?.” from Macbeth illustrates how Shakespeare uses imagery and allusions to show Macbeth’s indecision and establish his frame of mind. Shakespeare uses imagery to illustrate Macbeth’s conflict between free will and a predetermined fate.
With this in mind, even though Lady Macbeth fiercely persuaded Macbeth to kill the King, it was Macbeth’s final decision to commit the murder. It was Macbeth’s decision that also saw the villainous acts of the murder of Macduff’s family and Banquo and his son, Fleance, go ahead. Yes, the Three Witches deceitfulness indirectly encouraged Macbeth, but Shakespeare’s autonomy of will suggests Macbeth always had the final decision. This means that no matter how much Lady Macbeth, or the Three Witches, tried to influence Macbeth, they can not be the real villain in Shakespeare’s
His ambition 4. Accuses him of cowardice… she taunts him 5. Emphasizes the violence of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth... Macbeth butchered Macdonwald, and Lady Macbeth is saying she could kill her own child. 6. The witches’ prophecy brings those thoughts to the surface 7.