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The influence of the witches and Lady Macbeth on Macbeth.

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The influence of the witches and Lady Macbeth on Macbeth The combination of the prophecies by witches and the influence of Lady Macbeth on Macbeth are what precipitate the tragedy. He is first influenced by the witches when he is with Banquo in the beginning of the play. Next, he is influenced by his wife who persuades him to kill the King. Finally, by the end of the play Macbeth is influenced by his own mind, when he goes insane and loses his conscience. Macbeth is first influenced by the witches. The prophecies which were told by the witches were one of the factors which contributed to the degeneration of his character. ...read more.


If it were only the witches' prophecies, then Macbeth would surely not have murdered Duncan. Lady Macbeth plays a key role in influencing her husband to take the path that he does. Macbeth returns home and tells his wife that he is the Thane of Cawdor and she begins to try and persuade him to kill the king so that they can become King and Queen. At first Macbeth completely ignores his wife's pleas to kill the king, but she then persuades Macbeth by accusing him of being a coward and saying that she would have murdered her child while it was feeding at her breast, rather than break such a promise Macbeth has done, "I would, while it was smiling in my face...plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out.." ...read more.


He starts to lose his conscience when he sees that the Birnam Wood has moved to Dunsinane. At this point Macbeth is not living in reality anymore because everyone else at Dunsinane knows that the soldiers are carrying branches from the trees. This false sense of fate and power on his part is a major factor in his downfall. Macbeth loses his state of mind causing his ascension, his madness, and his demise. Since the beginning of the play Macbeth has been under someone or something's influence. He was influenced by the witches, next he was influenced by his wife, and finally, he was influenced by his own mind. Throughout the play Macbeth does ignorant things that end up killing him because he let other people persuade him. Every person relies on the influences of those around him or her in order to form conceptions and decisions. ...read more.

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