Macbeth is a play filled with murders and lies, but it is not the murderer who is responsible for the most evil in the play. The main character Macbeth kills two important characters in the play, and is responsible for the death of a third. Macbeth is still only the instrument carrying out these evil actions. Other main characters in the play are the three Weird sisters, or the three witches. They are supernatural creatures that prophesize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and eventually king. They stir Macbeth’s ambition to ascend the throne. Lady Macbeth is Macbeth’s strategic wife that plans the murder of King Duncan. She uses Macbeth’s ambition to acquire more power. Lady Macbeth is responsible for the most evil in the play because she convinces Macbeth to kill the king, and sends Macbeth on a path of destruction. The witches are not responsible for the most evil in the play because they do not force Macbeth to act on his prophesy. They do not even try to persuade him to believe that his prophesy will come true. The witches are only responsible for telling Macbeth the future. Macbeth forces the witches’ prophesy to come true with his irrational actions. The prophesy states that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and king of Scotland. He becomes Thane of Cawdor after messengers tell him that the old Thane of Cawdor was killed for inciting a rebellion. Earning this title makes Macbeth believe that if the witches prophesy was accurate enough to predict that he would become Thane of Cawdor, he would become king of Scotland as well. The ambition to become king consumes Macbeth’s thoughts. The witches did not tell Macbeth that he had to kill the king to wear the crown. The witches don’t influence Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. They merely give information that is usually misleading. Later in the play the witches’ prophesize that Macbeth will die when the trees at Birnam Woods move, and he meets a man not born from a woman. These two impossible...
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