Who Is Responsible For The Witches In Macbeth Essay

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Who is responsible for the bloody murders in Macbeth? In William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, one of the main characters Macbeth in the beginning is loyal and dedicated to the King of Scotland, Duncan. Then all of a sudden everything changes, Macbeth does the unexpected and usurps King Duncan’s throne. After that Macbeth suffers hardships of maintaining his seat on the throne. Macbeth also had to get rid of many to maintain that position but was he the only one responsible for all these crimes he committed? Well of course he is but there are some who are are also to be credited for some or most of the murders. The three weird sisters (or the witches) who are responsible for making up prophecies for Macbeth and are responsible for Macbeth’s …show more content…
When Macbeth and Banquo encounters the witches, they tell Macbeth that he will be king, this gives Macbeth ideas. Macbeth was once an honorable, ambitious man. However, this ambition transforms into a devastating hunger for power, which is ultimately his downfall.The weird sisters tells Macbeth of his prophecies. “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.1-3) From these lines we know that the witches told Macbeth of his prophecies and this moment Macbeth is filled with ideas he never thought to have. The witches are also responsible for Macbeth 's downfall, because they simply influence his fate. They are in no way able to control Macbeth or his fate. The extent of the witches influential power is unclear. However, it is important to realize that the witches are very powerful, supernatural individuals. Therefore, the extent of their influence and temptation may be to such a degree that Macbeth, a mere human, is unable to handle or resist …show more content…
Macbeth has decided that he has no good reason to kill Duncan, and he has just informed her of his decision to proceed no further. She responds to this by saying that if he can lose his ambition so readily, his love for her must also changeable. Then she insults his masculinity, saying he must be a coward. He tries to tell her that he dares all that a man should dare, to which she replies that only if he dared to do it would he be one. At each stage in her argument, she increases the brutality of her verbal attack. “What beast was 't, then,That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both: They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck 'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash 'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.” From these lines it shows that Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeth more violently verbally. Is she responsible for Duncan’s murder? No, Macbeth has a brain and he clearly does not use them very well in that situation, he simply could just disagree with Lady Macbeth and not murder the innocent

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