Although Macbeth may have questioned the validity of the witches’ prophecies, he was tempted and refused to listen to his own reasoning. When the apparitions the witches give to Macbeth start to show their faults, Macbeth is right to blame the witches for deceiving him with half-truths. The witches are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth, which, in turn, fired up Macbeth’s ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary tragedy. Although there are other things, which contributed to the tragedy of Macbeth, such as Lady Macbeth’s dominance, and his own personal ambition, without the witches there to convince him to commit these evil crimes in order to gain power. It would have never happened.
As Hecate argues, all they achieve is: 'How did you dare/ To trade and traffic with Macbeth/ In riddles and affairs of death' The language used here by Hecate is dark and unpleasant, and the way 'death' is used, implies that the witches could have known that their interference would lead to the death of characters. The witches are only responsible for the introduction of these ideas to Macbeth; they are not responsible for his actions throughout the play. Yet their meddling inevitably causes a change within Macbeth. This is the growth of his ambition from his previous state. From being a good and honest man, Macbeth transforms into a conniving plotter against the King: 'The Prince of Cumberland: that is a step/On which I must fall down.
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.
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. Macbeth causes himself to become more depressed because he is guilty of killing King Duncan. This influences him to become ignorant to his actions of killing, this makes him kill more people for his self benefit. He would never have wanted to kill King Duncan or even become king in the first place if the witches had not influenced him by telling him this prophecy. Even though the Witches play a major part in causing Macbeth to kill and cause tragedy and start the wheels in motion, Lady macbeth and his own ambitions are the real culprits of corrupting Macbeth.
In the play the witches, with their spells, plan the downfall of Macbeth. They cannot directly harm him themselves, so they tell Macbeth predictions for his possible future, in order to make him act on them. The witches tell Macbeth that he will become the thane of Cawdor and then king of Scotland. They poison his mind with these prophesies, making him greedy and bringing out the evil qualities in his soul. When the first of the promises is proven authentic, Macbeth then considers the idea of murdering Duncan for the first time.
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. If Macbeth would have not heard the witches’ prophecies it would be reasonable to assume that he would not have murdered for the throne, hence he was a victim of a supernatural force. After meeting with the witches Macbeth was a moral man and refused to subject himself to the “evil inclination.” “Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.” Macbeth had the dark desire to become king, but he knew what was good and bad at this point in the play and r... ... middle of paper ... ... to kill Duncan transformed Macbeth into a ruthless assassin which is evident after Macbeth’s independent killings. Macbeth was subject to a supernatural force, the witches control over Macbeth causes him to commit all of the murders by giving Macbeth a reason to gain and secure the royal status. The witches’ incentive was flouted by a moral Macbeth at the beginning of the play.
The weather also predicts a stormy future for Macbeth. The setting, “A desolate place” immediately sounds eerie and spooky. This shows that the Witches plan to manipulate Macbeth from th... ... middle of paper ... ...r all he has done. I feel strongly that we are meant to feel pity for Macbeth at the end of the play. I believe that the Shakespearian audience would not have excused Macbeth for the murder of the Macduffs but perhaps for the murder of banquoe, because it was torture for Macbeth to think becoming king was all for nothing if Banquo’s offspring succeeded the throne after himself.
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 (or "weird sisters" as they are often called) are responsible for putting the idea that Macbeth would become king of Scotland in his head, but in the end, it's Macbeth's decision to fall for and make this idea happen. As a result of this idea, Macbeth's curiosity of how he could become king of Scotland comes into play. "One can wonder if Macbeth ever had a chance of doing what was right after he met with the witches." (courseworkhelp) As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies more on the witches prophesies. They are clearly evil and deceiving and they slowly lead to the corruption of his character.
If the King were to be murdered Banquo would be suspicious and would most likely suspect Macbeth of doing the evil deed of killing the king. This would obviously put Macbeth off. Another factor is that of the Witches. Without them Macbeth would most likely not think twice about killing the king. ‘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.