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In William Shakespeare s Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, is a brave andloyal subject to the King of Scotland, but as the play progresses, his characterbegins to change drastically. Evil and unnatural powers, as well as his owndesire to become king, take over his better half and eventually lead to hisdownfall. Three main factors that intertwine with one another that contribute toMacbeth s tragic end are the prophecies told by the three witches, Lady Macbeths influence, and finally, Macbeth s excessive ambition which drove his desire tobecome king. The prophecy told by the three witches was what triggers the otherfactors that contribute to Macbeth s downfall.
In the first act, Macbeth is toldby the witches that he is to become the Thane of Cawdor and soon after, king.This prophecy arouses Macbeth s curiosity of how he can become the King ofScotland. Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more. By Sinel s death I kno Iam Thane of Glamis.
But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives a prosperousgentleman, and to be king stands not within the prospect of belief. (Act 1.sc.3) This quote shows how the witches prophecy attracts Macbeth. Itdemonstrated how Macbeth thirsts for an answer from the witches of how is he tobecome the Thane of Cawdor and king.
As the play continues, Macbeth slowlyrelies on the witches prophecies. It becomes a remedy for Macbeth s curiositywhich corrupts his character. One of the witches prophecies becomes true whenMacbeth is named the Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan. At this point, Macbethseeks advice from his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth provides a scheme forMacbeth to assassinate the King.
She is manipulative and persuasive incorrupting Macbeth s judgement. What beast was t then, that you break thisenterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more thanwhat you are, you would be so much more the man K Khad I sworn as you have donethis. (Act 1. Sc.7) In this quote, Lady Macbeth is agitating Macbeth by sayinghe is not a man if he does not do what he says he is going to do, which is tomurder the king.
This angers Macbeth and enables him to follow Lady Macbeth sscheme to kill the king and continue killing. Macbeth s first murder is a tryingexperience for him. However, as the play progresses, killing seems to be theonly solution to maintain his reign of the people of Scotland. Macbeth becomesincreasingly ambitious as the play goes on. The witches prophecies and LadyMacbeth s influence intensifies his ambition and drives Macbeth to obtain andmaintain his title of Scotland by whatever means, even murdering his bestfriend, Banquo. Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown K.
.No Son of minesucceeding K..If t be so, for Banquo s Issue have I filed my mind; For them thegracious Duncan I have murdered K..to make them kings, the Seeds of Banquo kings(Act 3.
sc.1) At this point Macbeth s becomes more and more extreme to the pointwhere no one stands in his way. His greed, violence, and hunger for powerdeclines his character.
The witches prophecy, Lady Macbeth s influence, andMacbeth s own ambition all contribute greatly to his deterioration of characterwhich results in his downfall, which was death. All the causes link to oneanother. If it wasn t for witches prophecies, Macbeth would still be hisordinary self. Because of these prophecies, Macbeth s curiosity of possiblybecoming king was brought out which led Lady Macbeth s controlling influence.Macbeth s ambition then builds and causes him to commit a series of murders, oneof which, include his own best friend. If one of these factors were missing,Macbeth would not have been strong enough to carry the motive to kill KingDuncan, which ultimately leads to his destruction.