Parallels: The Influence Of Lady Macbeth And The Three Witches That Changed Macbeth

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Parallels: the Influence of Lady Macbeth and the Three Witches that Changed MacbethThroughout a person's life, there are many things, like strangers or the media, that influence how a person will behave. The main factor in this influence tends to be the people in their lives that they are closest too. Sometimes the influence of people can significantly change a person - whether in a good way, or a bad way. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, there are many examples of bad influences changing someone for the worst. Through the influence of the three witches and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is changed into a bad person. By the three witches and his wife, Macbeth is influenced through his unquestioning trust in them, and the manipulation of his thoughts.Placing too much trust into the three witches and Lady Macbeth is what helped change Macbeth into a bad person. When Macbeth first meets the witches with Banquo, Macbeth is told three prophecies by them. The first he already knew to be true. Later on, he finds out that the next prophecy also comes true for him. This then makes him sure that the third prophecy - that he shall become king - will also come true. It can be seen that he trusts the witches words when he says, "Two truths are told, / As happy prologues to the swelling act / Of the imperial theme." (I.iii.137-139) However, the next time Macbeth goes to see the witches for more prophecies, Macbeth proves that he is putting too much trust into the witches. This time they give him another three prophecies. After hearing these prophecies Macbeth says, "Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks;" (IV.i.79) When Macbeth hears the prophecies he does not even question them, but instead becomes over-confident in the witches' words. While talking to Lennox after the witches disappear he even says:Time, thou anticipates my dread exploits:Clayton, 2The flighty purpose never is o'erook Unless the deed go with it: from this moment, The very firstlings of my hear shall be The firstlings of my hand. And even now, To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done; (IV.i.158-163)This proves that Macbeth's trust in the witches made him impetuous and made him act upon all of his bad decisions without even thinking about them. Likewise, Macbeth's trust in lady Macbeth made him into a bad person as well. After receiving the prophecies and informing his wife about it, Macbeth was not sure that he could actually go through with the murder of Duncan. But Lady Macbeth said to him, "To alter favour ever is to fear: / Leave all the rest to me." (I.v.80-81) This shows how confident she was in her plan to kill Duncan. She portrayed it as the right and only thing to do. Since Macbeth had so much trust in her, he let her sway him into becoming a murderer. However, even though his trust in Lady Macbeth led Macbeth to kill one person, his trust in the witches led him to have many people killed, which shows that his trust in the witches had a far more...

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