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In this essay I will show you how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition, how far his own wife dominates him and finally how far the witches (weird sisters) influence him.

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February 20th, 2003 Kendra Chisholm 10SCB The play "Macbeth" gives the audience many chances to think about the reasons for the main character's actions. In this essay I will show you how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition, how far his own wife dominates him and finally how far the witches (weird sisters) influence him. It is obvious at the beginning of the play that Macbeth is dissatisfied with his rewards. I think that this is one of the main reasons why he believes what the witches tell him, "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." (p.11. Act 1 Scene 3, Line 47-48) Macbeth is very happy and amazed when he hears the predictions and says, "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor. The greatest is behind." (p.15. Act 1 Scene 3, Line 115-116) Banquo, however, wonders if this is all real and says to Macbeth, "That trusted home, might yet enkindle you unto the crown, besides the Thane of Cawdor. But 'tis strange, and oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths; win us with honest trifles, to betray's in deepest consequence. - Cousins, a word, I pray you." (p.15. Act 1 Scene 3, Line 119-126) Banquo tells Macbeth that forces of evil sometimes tell people small things that will come true so they can deceive them into believing greater things, which are false. He's therefore warning Macbeth to be careful. ...read more.

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Act 4 Scene 1, Line 51-52) Macbeth's wife has a fairly big influence on many of the actions of Macbeth. She starts to plan the murder of Duncan right after she receives the letter from Macbeth. The audience are shown that she is ambitious and that she will probably stop at nothing because of the thought of future greatness. She is excited and decides that she will have to help him find the determination he needs. She says, "I may pour my spirits into thine ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round, which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal." (p.23. Act 1 Scene 5, Line 24-28) She will help him to become king because she feels as though he "is too full o'th'milk of human kindness". (p.23. Act 1 Scene 1, Line 15) She thinks that he is too thoughtful and compassionate. She knows that he has ambition but fears that he "...wouldst not play false, and yet wouldst wrongly win". (p.23. Act 1 Scene 5, Line 18-19) The audience probably feel that Lady Macbeth knows her husbands characteristics fairly well and they may have noticed that she and her husband have similar natures. For instance, as mentioned earlier, Macbeth, after having thought of leaving becoming king to chance, decides later that the only way to become king would be through murder. This is also the notion of his wife. ...read more.

Conclusion

Upon the second meeting with the witches, Macbeth has a different action towards the witches. It is obvious through his language that he uses. He is now demanding and uncaring. He says, "Even till destruction sicken: answer me to what I ask you" (p.101. Act 4 Scene 1, Line 56-57) Macbeth cures the witches for tricking him. He says to Lennox, "Inflected by the air whereon they ride, and damned all those that trust them." (p.107. Act 4 Scene 1, Line 138-139) In conclusion, it is obvious that there are numerous influences on the actions of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth drove Macbeth to murder Duncan, but after that, the murders of the others were from Macbeth's own decision. She did nudge him on in the beginning and led him to that by accusing him of being a coward. Later on, however, she was shut out of Macbeth's plans and regretted her determination for him. The witches, I think, had fairly more of an influence on Macbeth's decisions. I think that since the witches spoke in confusing riddles it was hard for Macbeth to understand and he only heard what he wanted to. I also believe that he was only tempted by the witches' predictions because they were similar to what Macbeth really wanted and imitated his own thoughts. Therefore, I think Macbeth's own ambition was the main reason why he made the decision to murder Duncan. I think that because he listened to the witches, he was lead to his downfall. This was his own fault. ...read more.

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