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Macbeth - EssayIn the Shakespearean play, 'Macbeth,' the witches influence on how Macbethmade his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventualdestruction. The witches were trying to create chaos by prophesying toMacbeth in order to get him to act. They planted the seed of evil inMacbeth's head that grew to dominate his mind. But it was Macbeth who madethe choices that determined his fate. He was not forced to kill Duncan norany of his other victims. But after he murdered Duncan, Macbeth lost hissanity. The witches were easily able to control his mind. They made himbelieve that he was invincible, and then he willingly continued to fightwhen he knew that it would mean his doom. Macbeth's downfall was planned bythe weird sisters, but it was Macbeth's own free will that lead him to it.The three witches called the weird sisters are the root of the problem thatis the subject for this story. The weird sisters are creators of chaos bynature. They associate with evil spirits and obey them, and they arefollowers of the evil goddess, Hecate. In the play the witches, with theirspells, plan the downfall of Macbeth. They cannot directly harm himthemselves, so they tell Macbeth predictions for his possible future, inorder to make him act on them. The witches tell Macbeth that he will becomethe thane of Cawdor and then king of Scotland. They poison his mind withthese prophesies, making him greedy and bringing out the evil qualities inhis soul. When the first of the promises is proven authentic, Macbeth thenconsiders the idea of murdering Duncan for the first time. This is his firststep on the journey to his demise, as the witches had planned.The three witches' plan succeeded, they had aroused the greed in Macbeth,allowing him to make the most important choice of the play - to kill Duncan.Macbeth does not easily make this decision. In fact, at first he decidesagainst it, but, with the knowledge that he could be king, he could not helphimself from considering it. After constant persuasion from Lady Macbeth,she and Macbeth finally made their decision. Lady Macbeth would loadDuncan's attendants with liquor, and then, on Lady Macbeth's signal, Macbethwould creep into Duncan's chamber and slay him with his servant's weapons.This act surges Macbeth forward on the direct path to his destruction.Afterwards, when Duncan is discovered dead, Macbeth kills again when hemurders the servants who were guarding Duncan. Claiming he acted in rageMacbeth kills the servants so that they cannot bear witness against him.Macbeth's greed had taken control of him and he could not turn back. It onlytook the one idea embedded into Macbeth's head to lead him toward corruption.After Macbeth grows more sinful and overpowered with greed he does not makeany real attempt to change, and his conscious is bothered by this. SlowlyMacbeth loses grasp of his sanity and self-control. Being consumed withpower, Macbeth lets nothing stand in the way of his reign, because his reignis all...

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