Macbeth: Witches Influence On Macbeth's Decisions



In the Shakespearean play, "Macbeth," the witches influence on how Macbeth made
his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction.
The witches were trying to create chaos by prophesying to Macbeth in order to
get him to act. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth's head that grew to
dominate his mind. But it was Macbeth who made the choices that determined his
fate. He was not forced to kill Duncan nor any of his other victims. But after
he murdered Duncan, Macbeth lost his sanity. The witches were easily able to
control his mind. They made him believe that he was invincible, and then he
willingly continued to fight when he knew that it would mean his doom. ...

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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. This is his first step on the journey to his demise, as the witches
had planned.

The three witches' plan succeeded, they had aroused the greed in Macbeth,
allowing him to make the most important choice of the play - to kill Duncan.
Macbeth does not easily make this decision. In fact, at first he decides against
it, but, with the knowledge that he could be king, he could not help himself
from considering it. After constant persuasion from Lady Macbeth, she and
Macbeth finally made their decision. Lady Macbeth would load Duncan's attendants
with liquor, and then, on Lady Macbeth's signal, ...

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in front
of his guests. Also because Macduff does not attend the banquet and flees to
England, Macbeth, in anger, decides to have his family murdered. Later in the
play Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth, "I am in blood / Stepp'd in so far, that,
should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er." This remark
paints the image of Macbeth swimming in a sea of blood, having proceeded so far
that it is easier to continue than to go back. Macbeth has lost hope. With
regret, he feels that he is past the point of no return, he has sinned so
brutally and severely that he is unable to atone for it.

Now that the witches have succeeded in bringing out Macbeth's evil qualities,
they ...

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