At this point, Macbeth nearly entirely trusts the witch’s prophecies. This further deepens Macbeth’s ambition to become king and creates uncertainty in him. After learning that king Duncan has made Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland and heir to his throne, Macbeth thinks to himself "Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires. / The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be / Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see" (1.4.57-60). This further shows Macbeth’s greed and intent to become king has grown.
After the victory of Banquo and Macbeth against the king 's traitor Macdonwald the witches presence contract the vibe of manipulation seeking Macbeth as its next victim. As they encounter with Macbeth and Banquo, they start-off questioning the trio of leery ladies. "look not like the inhabitants of the earth, / And yet are on it"; they seem to understand him, and yet he cannot be sure; they "should be women," and yet they are bearded. One by one the witches told Macbeth his upcoming abundance of power leaving him immensely petrified. As a result the prophecies were the contemporary force plaguing Macbeth into slaughtering King Duncan for his aspiration.
Macbeth has a few fears about murdering the lord yet Lady Macbeth addresses his masculinity by letting him know that on the off chance that he was a genuine man, he would slaughter him. In the play, Macbeth says to himself, "The ruler of Cumberland! That is a stage I should either tumble down from or else jump over, for it lies in my way. "(Act 1 scene 4 Lines 55-57) Macbeth acknowledges he should get more power. He's not fulfilled by simply being the Thane.
Who’s to blame? The supernatural soliciting of the witches’ is partially, but not fully, to blame for the events in William Shakespeare Macbeth. While the witches give Macbeth concepts, the events that determine the course of the play are the fault of his actions caused by his desires, influences and ignorance. Macbeth perceives the witches’ predictions as dependable sources of information on which to make decisions. It may be argued that the witches’ first appearance causes all of the events in the play that follow, however they are just a catalyst for these events.
Firstly, the witches could have complete power over Macbeth’s destiny while he has no control whatsoever. On the other hand, there is also the argument that Macbeth carves his own path due to his ambitious nature. However, the witches cannot control the fate of Macbeth because we control our own fates, and our own actions in the present are what shapes our future. Macbeth is seen as a very ambitious character from the start of the play while fighting against the rebels, to the end when he is slain. How he decides he uses his ambition
away, and mock the time with fairest show: false face must hide what the false heart doth know.” (i. vii. 79-82) Once Macbeth becomes king he goes through the most drastic character change in the play. He is no longer the scheming plotter that he had been throughout most of the play be he now is someone who takes to bloodshed readily and is not afraid to kill for his own gain. He no longer needs Lady Macbeth to taunt him into action; he does things of his own accord now, including the murder of Banquo. Macbeth’s character changed drastically throughout the play.
In Macbeth, Shakespeare is able to perfectly portray the universal nature in which one’s downfall can be caused by holding too much ambition. Macbeth is ultimately responsible for his own downfall because of his ambition, and guilt. Throughout all of Macbeth, the protagonist predominantly showcases too much ambition which ultimately leads to his demise. When the Thane of Glamis first hears of the weïrd sisters’ predictions, he is intrigued. He demands the witches “Stay you imperfect speakers.
King Duncan is already Thane of Cawdor, so it makes Macbeth think that he has to do something to make the prediction come true. Later in the story, the witches make more predictions for Macbeth, but these predictions are used to mess with Macbeth’s head. The second apparition that the witches’ summon says, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
and obtains the title, which trigger an arrogant and self-absorbed thinking leading to madness and finally, death. The play seems to bring up the question, whether Macbeth is fully responsible of his own destiny, or under control of fate. In the first glance, the play seems to take rather fatalistic direction, meaning that we are powerless to make decisions as they are inevitably determined by supernatural power (Hugh 1)) It is due to the presence of supernatural forces throughout the whole play that systematically fulfills the prophecy; therefore the witches represent the idea of fate in the play. However, Shakespeare seems to rather intertwine fate with free will and perhaps even promotes the second philosophy as the play evolves. Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan.