Medalling Witches; The Downfall of A King

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In the Shakespearean play, "Macbeth," the witches' influence on how Macbeth made his decisions playing a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction. The witches 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. The weird sisters planned Macbeth's downfall, but it was Macbeth's own free will that lead him to it. The witches influence Macbeth's actions, surroundings, and motives.

In "Macbeth" there are many evil deeds that Macbeth committed in the play. These include the murders of Duncan and Banquo, Lady Macduff and her son.

Macbeth is also responsible for Scotland's disorder. Macbeth plays the main role in each incident, with the other characters being only minor and undeveloped acting as vehicles for Macbeth's actions. It is possible that it is not entirely Macbeth's fault for the evil deeds in the play. Three forces that cause these actions are the witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth's character flaws. Although out of all three forces the witches are the most influential.

Macbeth's meeting with the witches in Act II, Scene II brings a prediction, which symbolizes the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter." Macbeth is startled when he hears this prophecy. He believes that his title is still Thane of Glamis;...