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.
The witches are the ones who told Macbeth that he would become king of scotland, which is one of the main reasons that he causes the main tragedy. “All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter!”(I.iii.50). Because the Witches tell Macbeth this prophecy, Macbeth's starts thinking about how he could possibly become king of Scotland. As the play proceeds, Macbeth becomes more reliant on the witches prophecy to drive him to become king.They are obviously deceiving and are only saying these things for their own self benefit.
The first suspects are the witches. After all it was their voices that implanted the thoughts into Macbeth's head that he would be king. When Macbeth heard this, he figured that no matter what he did he would become the king. After hearing King Duncan's desire to have Malcom carry on the throne, Macbeth quickly lost faith that he could achieve the throne without doing anything, so he took it upon himself to make things happen. After killing Duncan he feared Banquo for his knowledge of the witches prophecies and had him killed as well.
The witches Prophecy upon Macbeth cause him to feel restless and have thoughts about if it is destined for him to become king. Macbeth ends up going through with the murder of Duncan. After the murder takes place, Macbeth’s morals and his judgement begin to become opaque. Guilt commences Macbeth an... ... middle of paper ... ...itant about making the prophecy of killing Duncan a reality until, Lady Macbeth makes him feel un masqulin. Macbeth now convinced that he must prove his manliness by becoming king and he must make this happen by murdering Duncan.
The three apparitions towards the end of the play is a prime example of how the witches contributed to Macbeth’s self downfall. Once Macbeth killed Duncan, he had to continue to kill other people off to protect himself and his wife. Also, when his wife passed away Macbeth stated that it was just her time to go. Furthermore, this shows that fate has complete control over Macbeth. He is even thinking that things are happening because they are supposed to, he is brainwashed by the wicked sisters (Jorgensen).
The witches' predictions sent Macbeth into his own world where he could not be stopped on his way to becoming king. The brave hero from in Act I has metamorphosised in to someone or something that is completely villainous. Although Lady Macbeth at times in the play provided the spark that caused Macbeth to commit murder, and although she may be villainous, Macbeth is ultimately far more villainous. He will do anything and will stop at nothing to preserve the crown in his head and is entirely driven by his greed and ambition. Macbeth’s rise and fall from power in the play, Macbeth relates very closely to the quotation, “Power corrupts.
Macbeth’s lack of courage throughout ... ... middle of paper ... ... see what must be done to correct all of the wrongdoings. In the beginning of the play the three witches chant “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I.iii.12), which means the natural order has been reversed. This is a significant quote because it signifies how the natural order was upset by Macbeth killing King Duncan so he could become King. Which is where Macduff steps in to correct the erroneous doings, and rid Scotland of the evil Macbeth diseased it with. The unavoidable deaths of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth occurred because of their unquenchable desire for power.
All of these deaths are a result of Macbeth’s over ambition to become king, fuelled by the prophecies of the evil witches. Like Macbeth, a tragic hero has choices, a conscience of right from wrong and in the end must die, because to live would create mayhem and a feeling that his actions were justified.
This is what set him for the status of a tragic hero, his background in nobility. Macbeth played a key role in his downfall. His ambition drove him to kill his own king and this was the genesis of the decline of his moral compass and initiated his becoming of a tragic hero. Macbeth’s ambition merged with the two other contributors to his downfall and... ... middle of paper ... ...were awakened and enlightened and led him to come to constantly inquire from the witches about how he could become the King of Scotland. As the story goes on, Macbeth puts all of his faith and trust in the prophecies of these witches and this ultimately led to his downfall.
The three main factors which contribute greatly to Macbeth's decline is the prophecies told to him by the witches, Lady Macbeth's influence and ability to manipulate Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's own ambition which drove his desire to be King. First, Macbeth and Banquo's encounter with the three witches begin Macbeth's decline. On their way to the King's court, Macbeth and Banquo come upon the witches. The witches hail Macbeth the Thane of Glamis and the Thane of Cawdor. They also declare Macbeth will be king one day.