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.
This can be seen in Act III Scene III when Banquo says, “O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge. O slave!” This reminds us of the witches prophecies that they gave Banquo that he will be father to a line of kings, even though he himself will not attain the throne. This shows that somewhere down Banquo's line his family will take over the throne whether it be when Macduff is King or another King has the throne.
51-53). The three Witches tell Banquo’s future as well, saying his descendants will be kings, however, he will not. At first, Macbeth thinks nothing of the Witches babble. Coincidentally, just before Macbeth and Banquo meet the Witches, King Duncan announces to Ross that Macbeth will be the new Thane of Cawdor setting Macbeth’s fate into motion. “No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, and with his former title greet Macbeth” (1.
Macbeth exhibits peripeteia throughout his shift from lord to king then ultimately the events leading to his death. Macbeth is the thane of Cawdor and Glamis but is given a prophecy by the three witches that he will become king. Macbeth contemplates whether or not to follow through on killing the king or staying loyal to Duncan. Macbeth choices and confirms that he had followed through on his decision to kill Duncan while speaking to his wife when he says, (2.2.19). This is a shift of character from the Macbeth first seen as the lord that fights to the death for both the country and king to the more dominant and selfish king Macbeth.
There are multiple reasons to encounter with the blame for his actions for example: Lady Macbeth, she has questioned his manliness if he didn’t kill King Duncan and she manipulated him in so many ways, The three witches, the predictions they told Macbeth made him start having thoughts of killing the king and taking over the throne, and lastly, he starts to struggle with his mindset because he starts to question his loyalty towards King Duncan. Introduced as a warrior hero, Macbeth is being praised by King Duncan because of the victory they gained from the battlefield. Macbeth who is a human being, has desires that are made clearly towards the audience through his soliloquies. People who have opinions of Macbeth, he usually describes them as “golden opinions”(Shakespeare). Macbeth has a trustworthy relationship with King Duncan until he questions the prophecies he received from three witches.First, the three witches were one of the reason I determine Macbeth is innocent, they delivered their prophecies to him declaring him that he would be crowned as king.
The three Witches contribute the most to Macbeth’s ruin. Therefore, Macbeths desire to become King grew deep in his heart. He desperately wanted the Crown and also the power to rule over the people of Scotland. Macbeth however suppressed his feelings; unfortunately Lady Macbeth’s greediness and the three Witches’ prophecies contribute lot to Macbeth’s downfall. Since Witches predicted that no man born from a woman could kill him, he would not be defeated until the forest of move to his castle.
The character Banquo is just as much important to the play when he is dead, just as much as when he was alive. While Banquo is still alive, Macbeth and he are given a prophecy by the three witches, and then they talk about it, but are intruded by Angus and Ross telling them that some of the prophecy is true. Macbeth later says to Banquo that “Think upon what hath / chanced, and at more time, / The interim having weighed it, let us speak / Our free hearts each other” (1.3.155-158), so they can talk more about their prophecy, Macbeth becomes king and Banquo has children that will become king. While he is alive him and Macbeth share
Early in the play, Macbeth and his wife toss around the idea of killing Duncan in order to become the king of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is able to manipulate Macbeth into doing so, Macbeth begins to seem shaken and flustered because of the deed he has done to his cousin. Macbeth then becomes king as told in his prophecy by the three witches, and does what he can in his power to keep that title and begins to lose his path due to ill/rattled thoughts and actions that happen beginning with Duncan’s murder. Macbeth’s introduction in this play begins with his meeting with the three witches or weird sisters. They tell him about his prophecy of becoming thane of Cawdor and even larger, the king of Scotland.
Set in medieval Scotland and partly based on a true historical account,Macbeth charts the bloody rise to power and tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth. Already a successful soldier in the army of King Duncan, Macbeth is informed by Three Witches that he is to become king. As part of the same prophecy, the Witches predict that future Scottish kings will be descended not from Macbeth but from his fellow army captain, Banquo. Although initially prepared to wait for Fate to take its course, Macbeth is stung by ambition and confusion when King Duncan nominates his son Malcolm as his heir. Returning to his castle, Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded and directed by his ambitious wife, who realizes that regicide — the murder of the king — is
Their crafty words lead Macbeth into believing he was the chosen one, for he would unify a nation in anarchy. Man craves power, the witches said what Macbeth wanted to hear. These were hopes and dreams of a man driven by blind ambition to rule. In act one, scene three, the witches inspire Macbeth by saying “All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee, that shall be king hereafter” (Shakespeare Macbeth’s Act I,
Both Macbeth and Banquo differ in their reactions to the witches predictions and the news of Macbeth’s new title. Macbeth states, “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more./ By Sinel’s death I know I am the Thane of Glamis./ But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives,/ a prosperous gentlemen; and to be King/ Stands not within the prospect of belief,/` No more than to be Cawdor”(1.3.73 -78) This quote conveys that Macbeth understands that he is 5.innate member of the throne from his father, but can not believe he can become the thane of Glamis. He demands them to tell him more about the future. However, he does not accuse the witches predictions as fictitious, but rather questions it because he is interested in becoming king.
Macbeth knows that the witches’ prediction will come true due to his experience with the first prophecy. Nevertheless, he asks about his downfall to try and prevent it. Macbeth’s ambition to become king is so strong that he will try to twist destiny satisfy his ambition. The three witches’ prophecies strengthen Macbeth’s ambition. They remove all doubt from his mind and guarantees success, and also makes Macbeth try to change his fate to stay as