Also meaning Duncan was the king also made it even more wrong to kill him. Macbeth started to feel as if he shouldn't do this because it was wrong and the king was a guest. Lady Macbeth had no time for hearing why they shouldn't do it. She never once questioned the terrible act before they had committed killing
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
At their first appearance, the Witches state an ambiguity that rules the play until it closes: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”’. Without the belief in witchcraft who knows if Macbeth would ever of been as great as it was. “However, the witches do not control behavior in the play. They are symbolic of evil and prescient of crimes which are to come, but they neither encourage nor facilitate Macbeth’s actions. They are merely a poignant external symbol of the ambition that is already within Macbeth”.
As tragic as Macbeth becomes through the play, his paranoia is also a factor that leads to his ultimate downfall, morally and physically. Macbeth, now a traitor after the assassination of the king, is paranoid of anybody who may threaten his position or how he attained it. After killing the king, Macbeth’s conscience is guilt-ridden and he is no longer able to sleep peacefully. His only worry is that someone may be plotting his murder, just as he strategized the death of the former King. If there was nothing stopping Macbeth from killing Duncan and committing treason, who is to say that no one else will make the same decision, killing Macbeth?
Macbeth did not make the most exceptional decisions in his life. He has the chance to avoid all of that by letting things be, but his thirst for power is stronger. When Macbeth murdered King Duncan, he did everything he could to prevent someone from finding out his secret. “Thou hast it now-- King, Cawdor, Glamis, all/ As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Thou played’st most foully for’t.” (3.1.1-3). Many people suspect of Macbeth, especially Banquo.
Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) was a very influential story during the time period that Shakespeare wrote it. Shakespeare wanted to give each person in this story their own messy and different life, just like Romeo and Juliet. All of these characters mixed together, are part of the reason why the two lovers decided to kill themselves. Two characters in particular were Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. The Nurse and Friar Lawrence are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Referring back to statements above from Paul Ricoeur, as cited in Gaiser, it is clear that there were indeed metaphysical forces at play in the series of events. Macbeth was not the origin of evil, however the Wyrd Sisters (the three witches) were. They hinted the prophecy of Macbeth being crowned Thane of Cawdor, but did not prophesy of how he will come to be crowned. I believe they were aware of what his next step of action would consist of, therefore they left the decision making to him. In my perspective, doing this alone makes the witches partly at fault for the murder of Duncan.
He says “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong. Another example of ambition is when Lady Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan and continually urges Macbeth to do it in order to fulfill the prophecy and desire. Lady Macbeth puts aside her reasoning and lets her temptation run her actions. Ambition is what drives the both of them to commit such atrocities. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth wanted to be powerful so bad that they were willing to compromise their morals in order to be successful.
Telling fortunes, showing peoples faces in glasses, enchantments, and healing the sick are some of the things people who practiced witchcraft claimed to be able to do. New Englanders often turned to people who could do these things for favors and referred to them as "cunning folk" (pg.107). The New Englanders didn't see any harm in using their occult powers for there own good, when in fact these people were in contact with the devil. They did not see it that way but they were indeed risking being banished to hell. Most of the citizens in Stamford did not want any witches or supernatural things around them, for their fear of the devil.
At this moment in the play Macbeth thinks that the choices he makes will not effect the witches prophecy for him. After making this statement Macbeth thinks about killing the current king Duncan. However, during this time Macbeth is conflicted because he does not think he has a good reason to kill the king. "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition. Which oer' leaps itself and falls on the other" (1.7.25-28).