After Macbeth gets the justification straight in his head, he is equipped to go on his quest for King of Scotland. Macbeth was not virtuous in controlling his own destiny. He let the witches ultimately talk him out of his righteousness and the idea he had that his worthy engagements will make him king one day. The witches of doom were very essential to Macbeth starting disarray within himself and falling into his own fate. Without the witches in the play, foreshadow and suspense would be lost: Macbeth would have eventually earned King of Scotland in the future with his own bravery and leadership.
They are the ones who plant the actual idea of killing Duncan into Macbeth's mind. But if it were only the witches prophecies, then Macbeth surely would not have murdered the king. 'When you durst to do it, then you were a man,' (Macbeth, Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 7) Lady Macbeth's constant harassment pushed Macbeth and made him commit all this evil. When you reason things out by yourself you tend to now what is right and what is wrong, a conscience. But with the outside influence from the witches he thinks that that is his destiny and he must do everything to fulfill it.
He became paranoid and feared Banquo, whose integrity and loyalty could allow him to avenge Duncan's death. Even though Banquo thought it was quite odd that Macbeth quickly acquired the titles the witches hailed him, he did not think Macbeth was capable of murdering Duncan. However, what really was bothering Macbeth was Banquo's sons were prophesied to inherit the throne. Macbeth would do whatever he could to prevent anyone, even after his death, from taking the throne. Macbeth wasn't just satisfied with being king; he wanted to have his descendants share the title as well.
The witches influence Macbeth in his achievements and awake his ambitions. They give him a wrong sense of security with their apportions of truths. The witches are the ones who made the idea of killing Duncan into Macbeth’s mind. They also told him that he would become thane of Cawdor and later would become king of Scotland and Macbeth wants to know more. “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more.
Due to the witches' forecasts Macbeth thought he deserved the throne, almost like it was meant to be. Macbeth's clear thought of reasoning became clouded as his ego increased. He no longer knew the difference between right and wrong. He was being guided by supernatural powers. It was the witches' power that persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan.
These were times when Macbeth was curious, guilty or impatient and was in need of more answers. The witches reappeared, and provided him with the extra answers or encouragement he needed to fulfill his prophecy. However, when the witches left him with this fate, he got anxious and decided to pursue a means of fulfilling this prophecy. Macbeth’s only way to gain the throne would be the death of King Duncan and his predecessors. Due to the witches’ prophesies he was not very troubled as to how he was going to ensure these happenings.
‘All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king thereafter’ If someone were to just tell him this he would most likely not believe it but it was the fact that the witches had forecasted that he would be Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis correctly. The witches forced him to think about being king but at first he expected to be made king without doing anything for it but he then realises there is only one way, to kill the king. This encounter with the witches has put him in two minds.
This first prophecy sets the foundation for the rest of the plot. After Macbeth became the thane of Cawdor, he realizes that the prophecies are true and believe that he would soon become king, and says, “Two truths are told, as happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme” (Shakespeare 20). The prophecy that the Witches gave Macbeth is what leads him to murder King Duncan in Act 2, Scene 2. After Macbeth murders the king, he is crowned the new king but he is paranoid that he would not be able to keep his throne. He says, “To be this is nothing, but to be safely thus.
But also Lady Macbeth who drove him to commit deeds that he would not normally do. Thirdly Macbeth himself is to blame as I believe the ideas of him becoming king were also ways there he just never have the guts to do it. Lastly I believe that Duncan hade something to do with it as when he could have made anybody king he made his son when Macbeth is a much more worthy person. So overall I would say that Macbeth changes throughout the first scenes but is not all his fault.
And, in knowing that in this time period, it was sometimes thought that the witches had the ability to reverse the natural order of things, Macbeth knew that he should be suspicious of the words of the Wëird Sisters. This scene brings into the play the idea of fate and the role with which it has in the pl... ... middle of paper ... ... the play’s tragic conclusion. The killing of Duncan started an unstoppable chain of events that ends with the murder of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth, in the beginning had all of the qualities of an honorable gentleman who could become anything, but he took the wrong path to becoming what he wanted. Although Macbeth may have questioned the validity of the witches’ prophecies, he was tempted and refused to listen to his own reasoning.