The witches’ prophesies create Macbeth’s lust for power. They steer his mind on a path. This is a path that he would have inevitably followed but did not have the courage to do so. Then Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to commit the murder of King Duncan. This murder leads to the death of many people that may not have died if Macbeth did not kill Duncan.
After Macbeth when to go see the Witches for them to tell him his future from the apparitions, it showed Macbeth’s downfall. In the book Macbeth, the Three Witches were the reason why the reason for the climax. None of the characters in the book could trust the “supernatural.” Without their manipulation into telling Macbeth he could be King, there wouldn’t have been anything to look forward too. Although the Witches weren’t all evil, they were just controlled by the evil
Ambition, moral weakness and selective perception, would be the major flaws of our character, Macbeth. These flaws eventually lead to his death in the long run. Macbeth began in a high position and throughout the play, there were losses caused by his own weaknesses in personality. There is pre-evidence of Macbeth’s inborn ambition in the beginning of the play in the fact that he has a future of position as the Thane of Glaims. However, further evidence of this trait comes in his reaction to the prophecies of the three witches, in which many others would have avoided because of their obvious affiliation with evil.
All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee thane of Cawdor! All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter” (pg9). This shows that at first, Macbeth had no idea of what the witches were saying and he seems to be confused, yet he starts to realize or think that what the witches said can be true. As a result Macbeth thinks of murdering the King Duncan immediately. Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth, “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly.
To begin, Macbeth is viewed as a brave and fearless man with very good military standing he is also viewed as a good leader. Macbeth is a good man at this point in the play but due to some prophecies that are made by, some crazy witches; he starts to betray his closest friends. Macbeth begins to plot against King Duncan, the man who just named him Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth realizes the costliness of killing the king and how his actions may damn him forever. Macbeth tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, That he cannot go through with it and she begins to question him, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man” (Shakespeare I.VII.
The only reason Banquo is murdered is because Macbeth becomes paranoid after the witches prediction. Finally, the witches are responsible for the death of Macduff’s family. When Macbeth goes to see the witches to get more information the witches show him three apparitions one of witch tells Macbeth to watch out for Macduff. After hearing this Macbeth decides that he needs to send a message to Macduff and the way Macbeth does it is by killing Macduff’s family. Macduff’s family most likely would not have been murdered if the withes had not told Macbeth to fear
Although unsuccessful (only Lady Macduff and her son were killed), it proved that Macbeth was willing to go as far as it took to keep himself on the throne. The witches however, did plant the seeds again that led to this murder and therefore should be considered at least semi-accountable. This theory is supported even more by the murder of Banquo. The witches prophesised that Banquo’s sons would succeed Macbeth’s rule. Macbeth, now seeing Banquo as a threat, hired more people to murder Banquo and eliminate all possibility that he or his sons could dethrone
One of the main messages he is trying to deliver to us is to always weigh what you achieve to what the consequences will be. This especially holds true for Macbeth, as when first contemplating if he should kill Duncan, not once did he think of how he could be punished. Also, when Macbeth first hears the witch’s prophecy of him being a king, he jumps directly to the idea of murder. This kind of thinking is exhibited in Macbeth’s monologue in scene 5 act 5, where he discus’s the uselessness of living, and this attitude towards life made him go mad. This also points to how unintelligent Macbeth really was.
- Controlled Assessment Macbeth Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare known for its violence. The story begins as one of a loyal and honourable hero of Scotland. However, Macbeth's character changes gradually during the play. A powerful ambition for power caused him to make sinister decisions that created for him only despair, guilt, and madness. At the end of the play he was no longer honourable and, instead, a tyrant.
Macbeth does not believe the witches’ predictions until he does become Thane of Cawdor; then he begins to contemplate if the rest will become true as well. Here Macbeth’s emotions first start taking over and being the foremost factor on why he does the evil actions. His wife succumbs to this quite a bit quicker than Macbeth does because she was less restrictive, morality wise, on her free will. After Lady Macbeth heard the witches’ prophecy she believed that Macbeth deserved to be king and should do anything to become it, including murder. “Still it cried 'Sleep no more!'