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" Macbeth was a victim of Lady Macbeth and the Supernatural Sisters"

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" Macbeth was a victim of Lady Macbeth and the Supernatural Sisters" By Anna Ellyard In Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, throughout the duration of the play the main character Macbeth is transformed from a noble and loyal kinsman, to an evil tyrant. Greed and ambition sparked by the prophecies of the Supernatural Sisters, along with the motivation and encouragement of his wife, lead Macbeth to murder his king, his friend, and later everyone he felt a threat to the throne. Whilst Macbeth was ultimately responsible for the bloodshed that unfolded, he was undoubtedly a victim of the manipulations and temptations of Lady MacBeth and the Supernatural Sisters. The Supernatural Sisters played an influential part in Macbeth's decision to murder both Duncan and Banquo. The evil of Macbeth's actions was driven by his lust for the power the witches promised him when they prophesised he would become king, "All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.". (I, iii, 50) Macbeth had always had the ambition to be king, and when the witches told him of his fate, he felt the need to fulfil his destiny. ...read more.

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Even after being told of his fate, Macbeth remained apprehensive about becoming king because it meant he would have to kill Duncan, to whom he was loyal, "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself." (I, vii, 13) . However Lady Macbeth, who was hungry for the power that would come with her husband being king, manipulated Macbeth into changing his mind. She was able to do this by challenging the very thing Macbeth was insecure about; his manliness. She convinced him that if he were a real man he would not let his loyalties to Duncan prevent his own success, and that if he were to become king he would also become a better man, "Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life And live a coward in thine own esteem... 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." ...read more.

Conclusion

(IV, i, 93) As trees cannot walk, Macbeth quite reasonably believes he will never be overthrown. Again the Supernatural Sisters knew exactly how he would meet his end, however they failed to warn him. The Supernatural Sisters caused Macbeth to be fearless and to lose all caution; they purposely deceived him by omission. Had they not lulled Macbeth into a false sense of security, Macduff, Malcolm and the English army would not have so easily overthrown him. Throughout the play the Supernatural Sisters worked Macbeth like a puppet. Through their prophecies they were able to manipulate him from the brave and loyal captain he was in the beginning of the play, into the cruel and evil tyrant that he was when he met his death. Whilst the witches were responsible for motivating Macbeth, they could not have succeeded alone. It was Lady Macbeth that encouraged Macbeth to become evil in order to advance his own position. Even though she didn't play a huge role in Macbeth's treachery later in the play, it was Lady Macbeth who initially forced him down the road to tyranny. Macbeth was undoubtedly a victim of these women and their evil aspirations. ...read more.

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