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The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play.

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The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play. They recount to Macbeth three prophecies, that he will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King of Scotland. These prophecies introduce Macbeth to ideas of greatness when he says, "Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more," and "This supernatural soliciting...But what is not." Macbeth will eventually follow through on killing King Duncan. It was sometimes thought that the witches had the ability to reverse the natural order of things. This brings into the play idea of fate and the role with which it has in the play. One can ponder if Macbeth ever had a chance of doing what was right after he met with the witches. It is however; more realistic to believe that Macbeth was responsible for his own actions throughout the play and in the end it was he who made the final decisions. The witches could foretell the future, they can add temptation, and influence Macbeth, but they cannot control his destiny. ...read more.

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This shows that the witches themselves are wicked and are instruments of darkness, as they knew that 'something wicked' was coming. When Macbeth walks into the cavern and asks the witches what they were doing, the witches don't give him a straight answer, they just say, "A deed without a name." This shows that what they were doing was none of Macbeth's business. Macbeth comes to the witches to ask about his future and doesn't care if 'destruction sicken.' He is desperate because he is pleading the witches and this shows that the witches have power over Macbeth. When the witches shows him the apparitions, Macbeth is pleased with what he hears for he 'shall never be vanquished' and 'none of women born Shall harm Macbeth.' Macbeth's mind is overridden by greed and ambition, he becomes more and more evil so he doesn't think about what the prophecies truly meant. This shows that the witches are very influential once they have chosen their prey. When Macbeth wants to know whether 'Banquo's issues ever Reign in this kingdom' and the witches says, "Seek to know no more," this made Macbeth ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth is the one who made the final decision to carry out his actions. He made these final decisions and continued with the killings to cover that of King Duncan. The killing of Duncan starts an unstoppable chain of events in the play that ends with the murder of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth chooses to murder Duncan. Macbeth, in the beginning had all of the qualities of a honourable gentleman who could become anything. This is all shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality. Although Macbeth is warned as to the validity of the witches prophesies, he is tempted and refuses to listen to reason from Banquo. When the second set of prophesies Macbeth receives begin to show their faults Macbeth blames the witches for deceiving him with half-truths. While the witches are not totally responsible for the actions of Macbeth, they are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth, which in turn fired up Macbeth's ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary chain of events. 21st March 01 Much is made of Macbeth's ambition, but how much of Macbeth's downfall can be blamed on factors? Show in Act 4 Scene 1, how the witches' influence is felt ...read more.

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