Macbeth: Fault

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Though Macbeth performs a plethora of cruel tasks throughout the play, his actions are not his own. The witches, the apparitions and Lady Macbeth's constantly manipulate and motivate Macbeth throughout the play. The witches’ prophecies provide the foundations for Macbeth’s actions. They first convince Macbeth they are indeed magical and their words hold meaning. During their first encounter, one of the witches greets Macbeth with the second prophecy of “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor.” [Act 1 Scene 3 Line 51] The witches seemingly predict Macbeth’s advancement to thane of Cawdor before it happens, therefore he begins to believe the witches and fall under their temptation. The next witch introduces the idea of kingship to Macbeth. She says to Macbeth the third prophecy of, “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter. “ [Act 1 Scene 3 Line 52] This witch plants the original idea of potentially being king to Macbeth and provides to him a motive for all his future actions. At that point in time Macbeth had no intention of becoming King. The final which causes Macbeth to become wary of Banquo. She informs Banquo of the final prophecy, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” [Act 1 Scene 3 Line 69] Macbeth overhears and sends murderers to claim Banquo and his son’s lives, in order to protect his throne and remain king of Scotland. Without the witches, Macbeth would have no motive for eliminating Banquo and his son. It is evident that the witches’ influence runs throughout the play and is a crucial part to Macbeth’s deeds. Following the witches, their apparitions also influence Macbeth’s mentality and drive him to perform his actions. The first apparition makes Macbeth fearful and wary of Macduff. During Ma... ... middle of paper ... ... therefore not want toing to look weak in front of his wife, he carries her plans. In addition to questioning his manhood, she utilizes guilt to persuade him. She says additionally in their discussion, “Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. “[Act 1 Scene 7 Line 58 - 60] She argues that she would carry out any crime, no matter how gruesome or cruel, as long as if it’s for Macbeth. Then, she utilizes guilt and asks why he wouldn’t do the same in this situation, eventually leading to him carrying out the crime. Ergo, it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is the true mastermind behind Duncan’s murder and fault is mainly upon her. In the end, Macbeth is ultimately not responsible for his actions. Instead, he is a victim of Lady Macbeth’s persuasion, the witches’ prophecies and the apparitions’ advice.
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