The tragic downfall is a common plot element used in tragedies. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth this rings true as a noble man is engrossed with blind ambition and becomes a tyrant. Shakespeare uses witches and fate to lead Macbeth to his own downfall and demise. The witches use prophecies to entice Macbeth that what he is doing is right and everything will work out in his favor.
After hearing the witches’ initial prophecies, Macbeth writes a letter to Lady Macbeth, stating: “These weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time with 'Hail, king that shalt be!' This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee” (1.5.1). Macbeth is ecstatic when he “finds out” he will become King and believes that there is great joy in store for
When Macbeth runs into the three witches, they tell him three prophecies : Macbeth will be the Thane of Glamis, Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor, and that he will be King of Scotland. When Macbeth hears these prophecies it brings out his ambition for greed and power. Banquo tries to tell Macbeth not to listen
The witches in the first act told Macbeth his “future” and you can appreciate it in the following quote “All hail, Macbeth Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth Hail to thee, thou shall be King hereafter!" (1.3.49). The witches in in act I called Macbeth Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor.
Throughout Act I of Macbeth, Macbeth encounters three witches who give him three prophecies. These prophecies state that Macbeth will become Thane of Glamis, Cawdor, and king. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth!
Macbeth is told his future will involve him becoming king. The last prophesy the Witches have for Macbeth is “All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter” (1.3.50). Hearing this from the Witches is unbelievable because of the next men in line for the thrown. Lady Macbeth receives a letter about Macbeth’s, and Banquo’s, prophesies.
Throughout the story, the three witches made predictions that change the direction the story goes. They guide Macbeth and influence the decisions he makes along the way. In the beginning of the story, the witches’ predictions are truthful, but they still left Macbeth confused on how he would achieve the things that the witches have described. The second witch says, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!”(1.3.49).
The first prophecy, which tells Macbeth that he will be the thane of Glamis and Cawdor, as well as become King, is used to confuse him, as well as to give him ideas. The exact words of the prophecy are: “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
Whether success follows the character’s dreams becomes irrelevant, considering the campaign they endured gives them opportunities that otherwise could have not materialized, emphasizing that one should follow their aspirations regardless of the consequences. Oedipus from Oedipus The King is a prince who was abandoned by his royal parents due to the prophecy which preceded him, of him killing his father and marrying his mother. Oedipus eventually became king and thus kills his father and marries his mother in the process, a fulfillment of the prophecy. A synopsis of his life is given near the end of the play,
In William Shakespear’s “Macbeth” Fate is a being of unpredictability and a twisted mind. She is responsible for the slaughter of King Duncan and his guards. The fair and foul lady decides a path that is laid out for every person. The witches’ have the ability to give a people Fate’s path. They spoke “All hail, Macbeth!