Macbeth Essay

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, The Birnam Wood Pages: 2 (643 words) Published: February 26, 2013
Macbeth states, “I am in blood steeped so far that I should wade no more”. What drives Macbeth to continue on his destructive path?

* In the disaster of the death of Macbeth, the witches had a significant influence in his downfall, are not solely to blame. With their definite or clear predication, they spark the hidden ambition in Macbeth and lure him into violence which also led him into driving him continue on his destructive path. * Yet, it is Macbeth who chooses to let ambition control his actions, making the important decisions which take him towards destruction. His decisions are however, to some extent, made under the influence of Lady Macbeth, which instead of him getting guided to success.

* The witches and their predication play a significant role in Macbeth’s downfall. Throughout the play, the witches causing someone to believe a un truth and fooling Macbeth by giving knowledge of the future, bringing out his inner desire for power and swaying him to take evil action. * His ambition from the very beginning, telling Macbeth he will be “Thane of Cawdor” and “King of Scotland” without specifying when or how. This, along with the proven unbelieveableness of their first predication – Thane of Cawdor – awakens Macbeth’s hidden ambition and triggers his desire to fulfill the last prediction– King of Scotland, giving him the thought of killing Duncan, “Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair” and this was the first stepping stone towards him ending the king. * The weird sisters continue to entice the evil nature of Macbeth, using equivocation in their apparitions, “Macbeth shall never vanish’d be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him” and “None of women born shall harm Macbeth”. * In this way, Macbeth is made to feel that he has nothing to fear, since trees can’t walk and all men are women to born, and the evilness in him continues to grow. * A while later the evil takes over him and as he becomes...
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