After hearing this, Macbeth decided to murder Duncan. Macbeth’s ego had a major impact on his behavior. “Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal.”(act1 sc5 32-33) If it was no’t for his own ego, he would have never been influenced by the witches and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan. As soon as he murdered Duncan, his ego took over and he became insane with power and paranoia. This made Macbeth responsible for what he did to Banquo and Macduff’s family.
One would assume that the witches could be blamed for influencing Macbeth with their prophecies. The witches are able to make Macbeth acknowledge his own dark desires. In Act I, Scene III, the three witches call out one after the other claiming “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, Thane of Glamis! / All hail, Macbeth!
Scotland’s Corrupted Reign In William Shakespeare Macbeth, there is a multitude of changes throughout the play within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s wickedness. A metamorphosis takes place deep inside both characters; however, the changes oppose each other. “The weird sisters, hand in hand, posters of the sea and land, thus do go about, about: Thrice to thine and thrice to mine and thrice again, to make up nine. Peace! The charms wound up.” (Act1.2 )The witches pour prophecies into Macbeth giving him an insight of what is to come in his future, as king of Scotland.
At first Macbeth seemed skeptical of what the witches were saying until the title of thane of cawdor is actually bestowed upon him. Another prophecy the witches gave was “ all hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!”. The witches telling him he will be king inspire him to plot the death of duncan the current king so can become the king of scotland. Macbeth acting on this prophecy eventually sets into motion the entire events of the play. The last of the first group of prophecies is when the witches say to banquo “ Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”.
It is almost as if his days of end were starting right there before him; his nail in the cross to say in a way. They were there for a reason. To corrupt his soul for whatever wicked purpose they found fit. Later on in the play the witches return and show him these apparitions with tales of warning. The first apparition says, "Macbeth!
… All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! … All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter.” (1.3.50-53) In regards to the prophecies, Macbeth writes to Lady Macbeth a letter indicating the prophecies and their already partial fulfilment towards the first two prophecies. He also expresses his strive of determination and hunger for Duncan’s crown to Lady Macbeth in his letter. The witches manipulate Macbeth, telling him half of the truth in the prophecies, especially in the third prophecy involving Macbeth becoming king.
His unchecked ambition is his tragic flaw and can be seen developing as the story progresses. After the witches prophesize that Macbeth will become king, Macbeth becomes infatuated with the idea of being king and possessing great power. Lady Macbeth also is stricken by the idea. Upon hearing
Shakespeare used supernatural themes to show how fate was shown in the play. Macbeth fate was heavily influence by the witches, as a result the witches were controlling the actions of Macbeth and Macbeth was being driven by fear and expectations. As Macbeth rises in power his actions became more evil and people around him are being hurt and influenced by his actions. One of the scenes in Macbeth shows the witches summoning the apparitions as Macbeth watches. The second apparition said to Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”.
“Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.” Due to the outside influence from the witches, he thinks that it is his destiny and that he must do everything to fulfil it; Lady Macbeth’s constant harassment pushed Macbeth to commit all evil. “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.” Through his own ambitions, the ambition of his wife and the witches’ prophecies, Macbeth caused his own destruction and downfall. Ambition and power are something sought by many people, however, intentions of different people are
Macbeth’s lust for power has overtaken him, that is why he hired assassins to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Out of spite of Fleance for being heir to the throne, but it backfires on him and Fleance escapes. Macbeth then became unstable after killing his best friend; seeing the deceased ghost and speaking of things that did not make any sense. Macbeth is deranged, losing himself because of the murders he had partaken in. ”Things without all remedy should be without regard: what 's done is done.” Anyone can see that he is behind the murders and blaming it on Lady Macbeth is not the right decision.
Though the encouragements of the three witches and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is entirely accountable for his downfall. Throughout the play Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero who abolishes himself by his own wicked and selfish determinations. During the start of the play, Macbeth is shown as a brave, noble hero of Scotland who has fearlessly won the war. As the story progresses, Macbeth soon transforms into a dictator who is willing to kill anyone that becomes a danger to his monarchy. Although Macbeth is influenced by a number of factors that lead him to his downfall, his deep desire and character persuades his ambition in the end.