Essay on The Witches And Lady Macbeth

1148 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Everyone has a tendency towards evil, but it is only under the right circumstances and with the right influences that it can be brought out. In the William Shakespeare play Macbeth, the witches and Lady Macbeth are the two major influences that corrupt Macbeths mind and behaviour. The influences of the witches and of Lady Macbeth’s downfall are intense because of the techniques they use to gain their trust, and because of how they maintain his. However it is the witches who is ultimately the larger catalyst towards Macbeth’s rise and fall.
Both the witches and Lady Macbeth are very capable at gaining the trust of Macbeth, though both use very different methods. The way the witches go about influencing Macbeth is more of a deceitful and cryptic way then the method Lady Macbeth uses. The moment the witches spoke about Macbeth’s prophecy he thought nothing of it, but when Macbeth received the title of Cawdor, it allowed him to see the possibility of becoming king and he begins trusting the words of the witches. The witches’ cryptic words can be seen when they first encounter Macbeth. When Macbeth asked them to speak the witches chanted, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis./ All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor./ All hail Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter”( 1.3.46-49). After Macbeth sees one of the prophecies come true he believes that he will become king. Though the prophecy will come true it doesn’t say for how long, when, how, and what will…

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