In Act IV the apparitions playing with words convince him to continue to walk along the bloody path by advising him to be "bloody, bold, and resolute" and to "have no fear." These predictions give Macbeth confidence to murder more victims, so that he has got absolutely no hope left for retaining any virtues and opportunity of remedy. After the witches awaken Macbeth's desires of becoming king, his wife begins to push Macbeth towards the real act of murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth thinks she knows exactly what Macbeth wants--becoming a king--and decides that she has to force her husband to do what he would never do without her support--to kill Duncan. She never really tries to gain much for herself and never mentions that she wants to be queen.
When the witches tell him what is going to happen to him in the soon future, he becomes so set and driven to become king. Being king is what brought out the first flaw, and made him feel like he needed to induce his role in becoming the king. The help of Lady Macbeth also drives his flaw, instead of listening to the voice of reason he let his wife push himself toward the dark side. Now the character development for Macduff. Macduff is not only the king of fire, he is also the one who beheads Macbeth.
Ambition as the Root of Macbeth's Downfall Ambition plays the largest part in Macbeth's downfall. However, without the interference of the witches his ambition would not have changed. The witches increase his ambition drastically by the thought of kingship. Lady Macbeth sees the potential for his ambition to be great, but knows he will do nothing with it, so she plans it all for him; all he has to do is stab Duncan. The three witches are introduced at the beginning of the play; they give Macbeth three prophecies, that he will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King.
In this scene when given the prophecies, Macbeth immediately believes them but does not take them as seriously as he should. One of the prophecies the witches give Macbeth states, “.. Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him.” (Document D). Later, in Act 5, scenes 5 and 8, all 3 of the prophecies that the witches provided to Macbeth come true. A messenger
The impact of ambition is exhibited through the actions of Lady Macbeth, Macduff, and predominantly, in the main character, Macbeth. Although Macbeth’s dreadful tyranny is largely credited to his own ambition, it actually all starts with Lady Macbeth’s iniquitous hopes for power. When Macbeth first hears his bright prophecy from the three witches, he immediately tells his wife. As the ironically more dominant one in their relationship, she says, “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be/What thou art promised. Yet I do fear thy nature;/It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness/To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great,/Art not without ambition, but without/The illness should attend it” (1.5.2-7).
Macbeth is now filled with energy and false that he can defeat anybody, because the witches told him and everything that the witches said has been coming true so it must be true. “That lies like truth: “Fear not, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane!” (5.5.44-45). The witches force Macbeth to feel invaluable, and cause him to his downfall, because he trusted them soo much. In the end the witches were the main cause of the downfall of Macbeth. Banquo tried to warn Macbeth of the witches, but his ambition deafed him to not listen to his friend.
The murder of King Duncan initiates another ... ... middle of paper ... ..."I will, to the weird sisters:/ More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know, / By the worst means, the worst" (3.5). They make three more prophecies and Macbeth is no longer fearful, but self-assured. The witches encouraged him to believe he is invulnerable and indestructible. The false security given to him by unnatural forces like the witches lead to his death. From the very beginning of the play, supernatural and unnatural forces have inspired and encouraged Macbeth.
This says that every battle is lost by one side and won by another and so Macbeth's fate is that he will win the battle, but will lose his time of victory for the battle of his soul. This proves that the witches knew about what was going to happen as what the witch says occurs later in the play. The prophecies that are revealed by the witches bring a broad temptation to Macbeth, "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical" (Act 1 Scene 3). This shows that Macbeth ambition is present before the prophecies. He would never have thought seriously about killing Duncan without the witches.
The witches greet Macbeth with, "Thane of Glamis" (his present title), "Thane of Cawdor" (his soon-to-be announced title), and the prophesy that he will be "King hereafter." They also greet Banquo with, "lesser than Macbeth, and greater," as "not so happy, yet much happier," and tell him "thou shalt get kings, though thou be none." How would the witches know of their future? Perhaps they were trying to plant an idea in Macbeth's head that would later lead to certain calamity. After Macbeth discovers the witches' first prediction came true, he begins to aspire to realize the next prediction of becoming king.
I say people who believe that they cannot change fate lack the knowledge and wisdom to understand what life and reality are” (Chang). The fate of the characters in this fable was predicted from a prophecy told by the three sister witches. These witches, however had the most impact on Macbeth. Macbeth heard the prophecy of the weird sisters that he was to be king and immediately began to plan the murder of the present king. It was clear that being king was something that Macbeth desired, and would do anything to achieve it.