The Witches Were Responsible For Macbeth’s Tragedy

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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. In Shakespearean era, the people were increasingly preoccupied with witches and witchcraft. They acknowledged witches and their supernatural powers. Thus Macbeth

Becomes by predicting that Macbeth will be king, prompting him to become king at all cost. Nevertheless, it is the innate evil in Macbeth that makes him curious about their predictions. In fact Banquo’s statements on noticing Macbeth’s reaction to the witches’ prophesies, “Look how our partner’s rapt,” make us suspect Macbeth’s integrity. Again, the fact that he gets dependant on the witches for further advice clearly demonstrates the evil in him. While it was the initial influence of the witches, that led Macbeth astray, it is ultimately Macbeth’s decision to commit such heinous crimes.”

Apart from the witches, Lady Macbeth also has a profound influence on bringing about Macbeth’s tragedy. Lady Macbeth is an evil and ruthless woman who, being aware of Macbeth’s ambitious nature decides to exploit it and manipulates him into murdering King Duncan. When Macbeth, hesitates to commit the murder, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s manhood and states, “When you durst do it then you were a man,” in an attempt to appeal to Macbeth’s guilt as well as to challenge him to commit the crime. She even trivialises Macbeth’s fear that he would

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