The Role Of The Three Witches In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Before meeting the three witches in Macbeth by Shakespeare, Macbeth is a man whom many people trust and look up to. Once the three witches tell him of his future, his ambition grows out of control and he ends up killing the king, his close friend, and the entire family of a noble. After having a conversation with three witches, he sends a letter regarding the events that are predicted to occur to him to his wife, Lady Macbeth. She ends up being the spark that starts all of Macbeth’s bad decisions. Macbeth is influence by Lady Macbeth for his first murder, but as the play continues, Macbeth slowly and ultimately becomes more wicked than his wife. Because Lady Macbeth affects Macbeth’s mindset to kill Duncan, she is more evil than him at that …show more content…
Before planning Macduff’s wife’s and children’s murders, he tells himself to “crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and / done” (4.1. 169-170). Macbeth wants to fill his mind with bad acts and then the job will be done without him feeling guilty, unlike Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth originally tells her husband to do the murder, and it will be done. Since Macbeth takes her word, he increasingly becomes more evil because he does not look back at what he has done, but he looks forward to what he can do with all the power. Because Macbeth believes that killing someone for power is normal, he does not feel guilt anymore. Since Macbeth knows that he has been involved in the deaths of people who used to have much power, he know that he does not need to be in “fear of thee” since they are all dead (4.1.93). The extreme power that Macbeth earns in extreme ways gets to his head, and he believes that he is unstoppable because he does not need to fear anyone. Macbeth thinks he has the most power and can get rid of anyone that is in his way, proving that he is the evil person. The characteristics of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have changed, for Lady Macbeth feels guilty and wants the blood and “damned spot, out” (5.1.37). The shame of being a part of the murder of the previous king to receive power creeps up onto Lady Macbeth which leads to her death. In a way, she murders herself due to guilt and

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