This phenomenon occurs because soldiers were carrying wood from Great Birnam Wood to disguise themselves while they marched to the castle. Through this irony of the second prophecy given by the witches, Macbeth who is credulous, is ironically defeated this way because he blindly follows the interpretation of the witches which consumes him in the end. Referring to Barbara L. Parker, she claims that “Macbeth’s illusion lies in his behalf that he can transcend destiny” and “he arrogates to himself the properties of god.” By highlighting Macbeth’s arrogance, Shakespeare elucidates how overconfidence causes people to act recklessly and give no regards to
In the exposition, When The Three Witches visit they cause Macbeth to begin putting action into his ambition to become king. Macbeth knows he can not be king because you must me born into it. He is content with this until the Witches deliver the first prophecies. Along with being the new Thane of Cawdor, they chant, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (I.iii.50).
This could imply that this play might revolve around a lot of lies and tricks towards each other. Firstly, the play starts off with the Three Witches. They appear to Macbeth as he’s going to pay King Duncan a visit. The witches start their deception when they tell Macbeth that he’s going to be crowned as the King of Scotland in the future. The quote “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” proves that he will be King, however they do not mention how it happens, or what events must occur in order for their prediction to come true.
He acted because his first prophecy came true about being thane of cawdor. Macbeth is convinced after a talk with his wife he finally decided to kill Duncan. In this part it shows how greedy Macbeth and lady Macbeth are in the beginning. “Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing”. (Macbeth Act 1 scene 2 lines 139-40) Macbeth is to Banquo about the witches granting him success.
His wife, Lady Macbeth telling him to chase after his ambitions, and the three witches supposedly prophesying that his ambitions will be reached. Who was responsible for the final outcome of his descent? Lady Macbeth and the three witches were major influences in his descent, but ultimately was Macbeth responsible for his own destruction? To be able to identify who is really responsible for this unfortunate outcome, one must examine each person’s role in in the play and in Macbeth’s descent into madness. It is only logical to look at the three witches first, since they were the ones who planted the ideas of being King in Macbeth’s head.
The witches share with the two that Macbeth possibly could become king. At this point, Macbeth becomes power hungry. An example being, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother 'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not.”(1.3.8). At this point Macbeth realizes the information he has been told, could possibly not be true. Although Macbeth begins to wonder how he could achieve becoming king.
He did everything the Lord wanted him then he fell into temptation. As well as Macbeth doing everything for King Duncan then he listens to the witches he falls into temptation and is pretty puch damned by his sin. Once Lucifer sin he tried to talk over and betrayed God so he was damned from his sin. Macbeth killed Duncan then he actually took over but then also tried to keep lying and covering up with more sin. Saul knows that prophecy gives the kingdom to David, but he determines to fight against God and keep the kingdom for his son.
Sure Macbeth killed the king and his best friend just to get power, but does that really make him a bad person? Some of the events that happen to Macbeth are well deserved, but others seem a little brash. For example, when his wife dies he says “ She would have died later anyway. That news was bound to come someday...the days creep slowly along until the end of time”(A5S5). Should his wife suffer for macbeth's faults, he doesn't deserve her dead and she doesn't deserve to be dead.
Unlike Oedipus, after realizing the accuracy of his prophecy, instead of avoiding all possible negative actions, Macbeth devises a plan with the help of his wife to murder Duncan in order to fulfil the dark prophecy. However Macbeth’s weak character becomes provoked by a disappearing dagger, which he hallucinates before the murder of Duncan. The further Macbeth travels the path of corruption, the further he travels from reality, and illusions become his truth. Macbeth acts upon his illusions and as he hears the Lady Macbeth’s bell he questions whether Duncan will go to heaven or to hell, a choice Macbeth lost (Shakespeare 2.1.75-77). Throughout the play Shakespeare illuminates Macbeth’s escape from reality.
They are responsible because they tried to make Macbeth jealous, they also said Macbeth will become a king after the Thane of Cawdor, and they also made Macbeth think their prophecies would be true. The Witches are responsible for Macbeth’s downfall because they came up with a prophecy saying Banquo’s descendants will all become kings. Another reason that shows they are responsible is when they told Macbeth he’ll become king after being the Thane of Cawdor. The last reason that shows the witches are responsible is when Macbeth kills the king because the Witches’ prophecy influenced his decision to kill the king. People should be held accountable for their own actions, but when someone influences a person into doing something it is different.