Influences On And Temptations For Macbeth

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Macbeth, once seen as the mighty and ambitious warrior and, the honorable Scottish Thane of Glamis. He was know to be genuine, honest man who is loyal to his king and would do anything to protect his country. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth undergoes a transformation from good to evil, which brings him the crown and title, King Macbeth, but it also brings him his death. However Macbeth did not reach the transformation from a genuine, honest and mighty warrior to an evil tyrant alone, there were key motivational factors guiding him. Throughout the play the Three Witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself were all motivational factors that manipulated Macbeth into evil. Although Macbeth is to blame for his own actions, but it is these three motivational factors that brought him to commit such evil. If Macbeth had not encountered such forces, he may have remained the good and loyal soul he once was.

The Three Witches were a major influencing factor in Macbeth, they were the birth of Macbeth's transformation from good to evil. Encountered in the very beginning of the play when Macbeth is viewed as a noble and loyal thane. They greet Macbeth by saying,
"All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter! "
(Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 48-50)
This tempted Macbeth by them addressing him as Thane of Glamis, Cawdor, and future king, it fed right into his desire for advancement. At this point in the play he is the newly appointed Thane of Glamis, and he is unaware of Duncan's decision in entitling him as the Thane of Cawdor. The witches were trying to create chaos by prophesying this to Macbeth, him having this information provided him with the incentive to kill King Duncan of Scotland. With the witches acting as an equivocator they led him to believe that he could be King without any consequences, and tempting him to become what they had predicted. They poison his mind with these prophecies, making him greedy and bringing out the evil qualities in his soul. When the first of the prophecies is proven true, Macbeth then considers the idea of murdering Duncan for the first time. This is his first step on the journey to his downfall, as the Three Witches had planned. The Three Witches plan has succeeded, they had brought out the greed in Macbeth, allowing him to make the most important decision - to kill King Duncan. Macbeth's malevolence and deceptiveness are sown further when he becomes so obsessed with the witches prophecies to his own friend Banquo, that he decides to hire men to kill him and his son Fleance. After Macbeth went through the murder of Duncan and Banquo, he slowly lost his sanity, it is at this point that the witches were easily able to control his mind. They have succeeded in bringing out the Evil qualities in Macbeth and are ready to finish their game and make sure Macbeth continues to spiral downward. With Hecates'...

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