Contribution Of The Witches To Blame In Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'

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Opening Statement Ladies and gentlemen of the court, the evidence will show that the witches are truly responsible for Macbeth’s actions. Firstly, without the three witches, Macbeth would’ve never thought of wanting to be King or attempting to take the throne. “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (Act 1 Scene 3). Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s lust for the crown was only driven by the idea that they would for certain be king and queen. Being told that one is to be king is enough to force anyone to think about this idea from that moment until the prophecy was fulfilled.
Another example of the witches guilt would be that they made Macbeth see things that would push him towards doing what their prophecies foretold; the witches did this more than once throughout the story. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.” (Act 2 Scene 10). This was the final sign Macbeth got that drove him to killing King Duncan while he slept. If it was not for the witches causing him to see the dagger. Macbeth would have talked himself out of killing Duncan and ignored the pressure his wife was trying to put on him to do it. Like previously stated this was not the only time the witches made Macbeth see something in order to drive him to do the things that
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From the beginning of the story Macbeth was influenced, both while knowing it and while not, by the witches. They made him see thing and do things that he did not want to do by bribing him with power. Anyone put into Macbeth’s shoes would see that there was no way to get around the actions he performed while the witches are involved. If it was not for the witches, Macbeth would have never killed Duncan and this whole thing would not have ever been a problem because it never would have

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