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In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth's evil acts begin movement toward chaos in Scotland. There are there forces that make him fall into the hands of evil. The three witches convince him that he will be king. Lady Macbeth pushes and provokes Macbeth to commit a series of errors. Finally, the seed of ambition in Macbeth grows and overtakes him. A combination of external and internal forces motivates Macbeth to commit unnatural actions of destruction. Through the predictions, the three witches fill Macbeth with the desire to be king. In the beginning of the play, the weird sisters foretell Macbeth's future that he will be the Thane of Cawdor: "all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" (1,3,47), and it comes true proving the witches' prophecies to be correct. Then, they tell him that he will be king: "all hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" (1,3,48). By the prophecy, Macbeth is now overcome by his ambition. Later in the play, they tell Macbeth: "for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" (4,1,79-80); thus making him feel unstoppable. ...read more.


First of all, Lady Macbeth gets the two guards so drunk that they will be unconscious. Then, Macbeth can kill unguarded Duncan in his sleep without difficulties; and whatever they do they can lay all the blame on the two guards. Lady Macbeth is the main cause of Macbeth's downfall. Even though Macbeth did the crimes, and the witches give have the first idea of being king, Lady Macbeth seems to push him the most. Macbeth knows that killing Duncan is an unnatural act for he is a noble man. Then, Lady Macbeth starts it all by convincing him to kill the king. Later, he makes a stand against his wife, saying that "we will proceed no further in this business" (1,7,31). He justifies his decision by explaining Duncan is a good king; he is Duncan's host and also his kinsman. Lady Macbeth is certainly not swayed with that decision. She starts to question his bravery first by calling him "green and pale". After, Lady Macbeth questions his manhood by making him look like a timid, unmasculine man: "what beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to be? ...read more.


That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap, for in my way it lies" (1,5,48-50). Soon after, he realizes that he has to kill Duncan to sit on the throne of Scotland. Macbeth now has everything that he wants, but he loses his morals altogether. He murders his best friend, Banquo. He thinks that Banquo is conspiring against him: "Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature" (3,1,50-51); besides, Macbeth is willing to kill Fleance who will be king due to the prophecy: "then prophet-like, they hail'd him father to a line of kings" (3,1,60-61). Macbeth's sanity seems to be covered by his ambition. He starts murdering innocent family, Macduff's family: "he has kill'd me mother...I pray you" (4,3,82-83). Macbeth embraces the dark side of evil that has been corrupting his mind. Macbeth's commitment to evil is his downfall. Be embracing evil, Macbeth gradually loses his insanity and morality. The witches' prophecies, Lady Macbeth's motivation and his own ambition are the three forces that lead Macbeth to evil. Ultimately, Lady Macbeth plays a significant role in his destruction because of her influence Macbeth ends up being a sinful character in the play. ...read more.

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