However, when Macbeth encounters three witches during a journey through a moor, he believes the prophecy they tell him and kills his closest friends in order to become king. People become aware of his killings and eventually Macduff kills Macbeth. Throughout the novel, fate and time play an important role to reveal Macbeth’s ambitions and his struggle towards determining
William Shakespeare's Macbeth In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, there is no doubt that the “dead butcher and his fiend like queen” (V, 9, 36) are both villainous; however they are villainous to varying degrees. We are first exposed to both of their villainy when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hear of the witch’s predictions, and their reaction is to murder Duncan. Even though Macbeth is initially portrayed as being courageous and honorable, he eventually becomes more villainous than Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth appears very villainous to begin with, because she encourages and provokes her husband to murder King Duncan. However she has nothing to do with the murders that Macbeth commits later on in the play: Macduff’s family, Banquo, and young Seaward.
Without the witches, the story would of course lose weirdness, but the story would collapse and the conflict would vanish. “I will ... ... middle of paper ... ...onsidered killing Duncan without the witches’ probing. He, even, blames his actions on the witches, and uses them to justify his desire for the throne (Cavolowsky Internet). Justification is all Macbeth needs, or anyone rather to say, who is doing some unjust and wrong. After Macbeth gets the justification straight in his head, he is equipped to go on his quest for King of Scotland.
Therefore we can assume that it was Lady Macbeth that transformed Macbeth into a megalomaniac. The witches were the force that initiated Macbeth’s possibility to murder Duncan for the throne, which led to the destruction that followed thereafter. When the witches welcome Macbeth they call him by three names, “hail thee, Thane of Cawdor”, “hail thee, Thane of Glamis” and, “”thou shall be king thereafter.” By calling Macbeth by these names the witches aimed for Macbeth to pursue these titles, the role of king in particular as he was not to receive it by chance. “Malcolm, son of Duncan, King of Scotland,” if not for the murders Macbeth would have not gained the kingship as Malcolm was heir. By the witches suggesting that Macbeth would become king they are liable for creating the possibility for Macbeth to choose to commit the disasters that followed.
While Macduff is off planning his revenge, Macbeth is back in Scotland requiring the help of the three sister witches to secure his safety. These witches relay a prophecy of Macbeth’s fate, they say, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth (Shakespeare). This message gives Macbeth false hope due to the fact that Macduff was removed from his mother in an unnatural way and not of a woman. Macduff is the ending to this fable after he successfully kills Macbeth and ends his fate to protect himself and the people of
He says, “To be this is nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo sticks deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared” (Shakespeare 88). Due to this, he orders the deaths of Banquo and Fleance to secure his position. Macbeth’s actions are again influenced by the Three Witches and their prophecies. This further demonstrates the power that the Witches have over Macbeth and his destiny (Shakespeare 102).
Furthermore, in this scene the king announces that Macbeth is to be promoted as the new thane of Cawdor. In this scene Macbeth is portrayed as a mighty, patriotic, warrior and a loyal subject to the king. However as the play progresses Macbeth deviates from these traits. Macbeth’s encounter with the three witches confuses him. He begins to decide on a course ... ... middle of paper ... ... to kill Banquo he says “ Not I’ th’ worst rank of manhood say ‘t And I will put that business in your bosoms”(3.1.115) This was the same technique that Lady Macbeth used when she was persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan; she questioned his manhood.
Despite this Macbeth cannot see through this and the witches plant the idea of being King into Macbeth's thoughts, which encourages Macbeth to consider his future. In the following soliloquy, Macbeth shows the audience his initial plan to murder Duncan, so that he shall have power to the throne, this will happen as previously Macbeth had
( Act3 scene 3, line 18) After his talk with the witches Macbeth starts to think about their predictions, and how he will have to kill the king. This frightens Macbeth to think about killing his great king, so he decides to let fate lead him into the future. Lady Macbeth actions play a huge role in the fate of play by pushing him into killing the king. The instant she reads the letter from her husband that explains the prophecies Lady Macbeth wants to make her husband kill the king, “to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great';(Act 1 scene 5, line 13).
The Witches are mythological goddesses that had the ability to decipher the fate and destinies of others. This ability makes them the most responsible for how Macbeth acted during the play. Before the Sisters told Macbeth the prophecies, he was an honorable man. After they told him, he let the thoughts overtake him and become a treacherous traitor to his friends. The thoughts of becoming a traitor and killing his King were never in his before he knew he might become King.