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Medalling Witches; The Downfall Of A King

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In the Shakespearean play, "Macbeth," the witches' influence on how Macbeth made his decisions playing a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction. The witches planted the seed of evil in Macbeth's head that grew to dominate his mind. But it was Macbeth who made the choices that determined his fate. He was not forced to kill Duncan nor any of his other victims. But after he murdered Duncan, Macbeth lost his sanity. The witches were easily able tocontrol his mind. They made him believe that he was invincible, and then he willingly continued to fight when he knew that it would mean his doom. The weird sisters planned Macbeth's downfall, but it was Macbeth's own free will that lead him to it. The witches influence Macbeth's actions, surroundings, and motives.In "Macbeth" there are many evil deeds that Macbeth committed in the play. These include the murders of Duncan and Banquo, Lady Macduff and her son. Macbeth is also responsible for Scotland's disorder. Macbeth plays the main role in each incident, with the other characters being only minor and undeveloped acting as vehicles for Macbeth's actions. It is possible that it is not entirely Macbeth's fault for the evil deeds in the play. Three forces that cause these actions are the witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth's character flaws. Although out of all three forces the witches are the most influential.Macbeth's meeting with the witches in Act II, Scene II brings a prediction, which symbolizes the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. "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." Macbeth is startled when he hears this prophecy. He believes that his title is still Thane of Glamis; yet here he has just been told that he shall be King. Macbeth does not know Macdonwald has been sentenced to death for betraying his country. The witches plant the idea of being King into Macbeth's mind, which encourages Macbeth to consider his future. In his soliloquy, the audience learns about Macbeth's initial plan to murder Duncan so that he shall have power and position earlier, thus destroying the natural order. Because of the witches they have caused a potentially good character, Macbeth, into an evil character. The witches only tell Macbeth his prophecies, and a small amount of information so that he plots his future accordingly to how he wants, not knowing if this is what would have really happened if he never would have heard the prophecies or not. Without the witches there is the possibility that Macbeth would never have plotted Duncan's murder for leadership thus showing Macbeth is naturally a good character without the witches influences. Thus showing that the witches are Macbeth's main force of evil in the play.Of all of the evil forces acted upon Macbeth, Lady Macbeth also plays a big role in Macbeth's destruction. Macbeth sent a letter to Lady Macbeth outlining the witches' prophecy. Macbeth reduces...

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