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The witches greet Macbeth by hailing him by his two titles, Thane of Cawdor and Glams, and then the Third Witch hails him by saying, "... that shalt be king hereafter. (Mac.1.3.53)" The witch's statement makes Macbeth believe that since the witch said it, it must be true. The witches are probably the source for Macbeth's hunger for power over Scotland. The witches do not ... ... middle of paper ... ...sulted: Campbell, Lily B. "Macbeth : A Study in Fear."
However, after Macbeth hears the prophecies of the witches, he is overwhelmed by ambition. Macbeth’s unbridled ambition overrides his moral and drives him to commit murder even though he knows it is wrong. It drives Macbeth to become paranoid, brutal, and mentally insane. Just before he kills Duncan, Macbeth sees a dagger in his hand when blood drops appear on the dagger. However, he is not so far gone that he does not know what is happening to him.
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When the witches foretold Macbeth that he was to be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glasmis and King hereafter, Macbeth's ambition to the kingship had been aroused. He said, " My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical¡K"(I.iii.140) shows that he started imagining to get the throne by evil means for the fulfillment of the promised kingship. The imperfect speakers of misleading prophecies brainwashed him, striving up his deep ambition and leading him to step closer to the edge of dismal abyss. And later they also g... ... middle of paper ... ...ed himself, to put all his possessed greatness and happiness in ruin, and ended himself in ultimate hate and demise. Works Cited Brooke, Nicholas, ed.
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