She even calls upon the dark spirits to take away her soft womanliness. The Witches use words to spark the deep desire within Macbeth to become king. They prophesize that he will one day become king, but, they also prophesize that although Banquo may not be king himself he will produce a long line of heirs to the throne. Macbeth sees this as a threat and he ultimately ends up murdering Banquo and his family. The Witches words spark the conflict within the play.
Alcohol is a fluid that messes with one’s mind, one not being in full control. Here, Macbeth was under his wife’s influence to obtain the throne. Macbeth was very cowardly and questioning of his choice in scene I, act V, in which Lady Macbeth attempts to “pour my spirits in thine ear.”(I.V.26). Shakespeare uses “spirits” as a way to communicate the idea of influence to go through with the plan to kill the king. Accordingly, Lady Macbeth’s lust for power is transferred to Macbeth through alcohol.
Macbeth is now (19) enthralled that he is king but something is still lingering in his head. The witches told Banquo, his partner that “lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shall get kings, though thou ne none” (Shakespeare 19). Since the witches prophesies has come true for Macbeth, he feels that he has to kill Banquo and his kids so that they do not become kings.
In the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character, Macbeth, is told by three witches that he was to become a king. This information prompts him to murder King Duncan which in turn makes him face constant pressure from multiple sides. His desire to receive and maintain power forces him to make questionable decisions as well as to turn to others in the story, including, for example, the witches and Lady Macbeth. The question that arises as a result is whether Macbeth’s downfall was caused by himself or those around him. What becomes evident as time goes on is that however true it may be that outside influences had played a role in how things would turn out, in the end, Macbeth’s decisions play the largest role in his downfall.
It is explained by Truax that Weird Sisters have simply touched on the deep-seated ambitions and greed that were already present in him (370). Even, he is one of the heirs to the King of Scotland, he subdues his emotions and feelings but until he hears the sisters’ prediction. For example, they tell these words to him; “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1, 3, 3). His ambitions became unavoidable thoughts for him, when he heard Witches’’ prophecies that enslave him to dark desires. He did not allow anybody stand in his bloody way of being King, even if he can commit murder in order to destroy his opponents.
There comes a point in life where some people are faced with an opportunity to do an illegal act. Macbeth is faced with a chance to end King Duncan’s life and to become King himself, as Lady Macbeth had just come to him and made him aware of her plans to murder Duncan. In Macbeth’s soliloquy during Act I scene VII, he uses an apprehensively foreboding tone to convey how conflicted he is to the readers. The purpose of this speech is for Macbeth to explain why killing Duncan is a horrible idea. Also, Macbeth’s faith in the three witches is a big reason he decides to do and they are why Lady Macbeth created the idea to kill the King.
In the entirety of the play Macbeth gains power by murdering his enemies and those who suspect him. This also ties into his downfall, if you hear the witches prophecies clearly you might be able to tell that they also predict that happening. Yet Macbeth blinded by power has overlooked this and is only looking to gain more strength and build on what he has already. “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet.
He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition. The play is about treachery and manipulation. First, the witches manipulate Macbeth which sets off the chain reaction, then Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into committing regicide and afterwards Macbeth manipulates the murderers into killing Banquo and his son Fleance. Shakespeare reveals that the witches are being controlled by higher supernatural powers, "call 'em. Let me see 'em," shocking the Jacobean audience and as a result creating doubt and fear of the unknown.
Reason both of them are responsible is because, the witches were the ones that planted the idea that Macbeth would become the thane of Cawdor and Glamis. Macbeth on the other hand, had to believe in the prophecy said by the witches. This made him thirsty to be the next king as well as being ruthless. So the only way he could become king quickly is to kill the present king. In the end, this brought him to his downfall.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth the witches informs Macbeth of his fate that he will become the king in the future. Macbeth believes the witches words and Lady Macbeth persuade him to become the king and murder all the people that get in the way. Shakespeare shows us that fate is complicated by our actions, Macbeth will do anything to meet his fate that in the end lead him to his death because of his greediness. Macbeth fate started of when he met the witches at the battle field after winning the battle against Macdonwald. The three witches predicted that he will become the Thane of Cawdor.