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In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Macbeth should be blamed for everything that has happened so far in the story because he let others influence his decisions. First and foremost, Macbeth should be blamed because he could have been resistant to the witches' prophecies. In the scene where the witches first discuss the prophecies, Macbeth reveals his feelings to Banquo about the predictions when he says,

Two truths are told,

As happy prologues to the swelling act

Of the imperial theme.


If good, why do I yield to that suggestion

Whose horrid image…

… make my seated heart knock at my ribs

Against the use of nature?(1.3 148-58)

In this quote, Macbeth is saying that two of the predictions have come true, so it suggest that the prediction of him being king will be true as well. Macbeth questions if this prophecy is a good or bad thing considering that he is thinking of murdering Duncan, a thought that is so petrifying it causes his heart to pound.

Therefore, this quote proves Macbeth should be blamed because he believes the word of creatures whom are considered to be freaks of nature. This shows that Macbeth is gullible. If Macbeth would have denied the prophecy of him being king to be true, then he would have not committed the crime of murdering Duncan. In addition, Macbeth should be blamed because he did not have to let himself give into Lady Macbeth's questioning of his manhood. When Macbeth left Duncan in the middle of dinner, Macbeth began to have second thoughts about murdering him. Lady Macbeth manipulated Macbeth into thinking that he is not a true man if he does not follow through with killing Duncan. Macbeth then shows he is influenced to follow through with the plan when he says,