The witches ‘ignite’ his ambition, which is what eventually turns into greed. The three weird sisters decide to meet Macbeth right after the battle so the idea of violence is fresh in his mind. The witches and their seductive prophecies tap into Macbeths ambition making him crave the throne. After Macbeth becomes the thane of Cawdor; one of the prophecies, he realizes that the possibility of him becoming the king grows greater. Macbeth contemplates killing the king; “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?” (1.3.134-137) It is evident that Macbeth’s ambition is getting the best of him because he is already considering committing regicide to get what he wants.
Because of his ambition, Macbeth had committed countless murders. These horrific actions all stem from the witches giving him truth infused lies time and time again. The apparitions the witches give Macbeth in act four just worsen the situation. The witches predictions of the future caused Macbeth to use his fear as motivation to create chaos. Therefore, this shows how Shakespeare used supernatural elements to reveal how unstable Macbeth’s mind was because he used the apparitions to uncover how paranoid Macbeth had become, and how paranoia had led to his downfall.
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.
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
While talking to Macbeth on the realness of the prophecies he says, “But ’tis strange. / And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s / In deepest consequence.” Banquo believes that the witches are trying to trick both of them into their own destruction and he is absolutely correct. For all he knows, these “witches” could be anyone. Banquo doesn’t trust the witches but goes along with what Macbeth says. After seeing Macbeth takes the place as Thane of Cawdor, his thoughts about the situation had changed.
An encounter with the three witches and the suspicion that Macbeth “shalt be king hereafter”, triggers his ambition for power – with dangerous consequences. In the play, Macbeth states, “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’ other” (I. vii. 25-28). This reveals that Macbeth is certain that ambition is what is driving his actions, by saying “vaulting ambition”, in this case he is referring to the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man That
", the outcome of this is that the Witches were gaining Macbeth's hope in becoming King. This impacted Lady Macbeth into building her ambitions to become a queen, so she forced Macbeth to kill King Duncan as she supported the witches view, further along, the story it came to show what the consequences of
They are “the bad guys” in this play. The witches’ characteristics which adhere to the villain archetype: Powerful (magical powers) Intelligent Devious Scheming Odd looking At the start of Act 1 Scene 3 in Macbeth,the Witches prepare for their first encounter with Macbeth. As they do so, they plot revenge against those who they believe have insulted them. *Scheming . Sooner on, the witches predict that Macbeth will be the future king.
Another argument can be made that the witches are responsible for the murder of Duncan because they were the ones that planted the idea inside Macbeth’s mind that he would become king someday; Macbeth upon first hearing the prophecy decided to not act upon it and just leave it upto faith but Lady Macbeth forced his hand to do the worst possible crime to make him
Macbeth feels threatened by Fleance after the witches told Banquo his prophecy, which was that he will have a line of kings. “Fleance, his son, that keeps him company, / Whose absence is no less material to me / Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate / Of that dark hour” (3.2.134-138). Macbeth wants to kill Fleance as he is a threat to Macbeth’s title. This relates to the theme because Macbeth decides to take action in order for the prophecy to be proven wrong, so he sends the murders out to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth’s disillusionment is present as he gets caught up in the prophecy and does anything just to alter it.