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(a title he does not know he has been given), and "King hereafter." As a result, the first two things the witches tell him aren?t prophesies because they have already happened. Look at the third and most important prophecy. The witches tell Macbeth that he will become ?King Hereafter?, there?s knowledge that this actually happened. ?If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.?
The weird sisters, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself all served to bring about Macbeth's downfall. The weird sisters where a malevolent trio that were bent on destroying Macbeth. They initiated the series of events that destroyed Macbeth and tormented the land of Scotland. With the prophetic greeting, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter", the weird sisters gave Macbeth the confidence to fulfill his scheme of regicide (Shakespeare 184). Without the sisters' prophecy that his plans would succeed, Macbeth may never had the temerity to assassinate the King of Scotland and force his way to the throne.
However she has nothing to do with the murders that Macbeth commits later on in the play: Macduff’s family, Banquo, and young Seaward. Upon hearing the three witch’s foretellings, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.”(I, 3, 47) Macbeth begins to contemplate the possibility of becoming king, and even thinks about the possibility of murdering Duncan. “My thought, whose murder is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother in summise and nothing is, but what is not.”(I, 3, 138) The villainy that Macbeth has already planned as a response to the predictions of three supernatural beings shows his innate villainy.
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Then he eventually gets killed in the end when he is found out to be the murderer by Macduff, whose wife and son are killed by Macbeth. The main influence to do these murdering deeds is the prophecy. The prophecy foretold Macbeth’s actions, in order to rise to become the king of Scotland. But it also foretold that Banquo’s son would be the king after Macbeth. The people who told Macbeth the prophecy was the Three Witches.
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