In the Shakespearean play, "Macbeth," the witches influence on how Macbeth made
his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction.
The witches were trying to create chaos by prophesying to Macbeth in order to
get him to act. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth's head that grew to
dominate his mind. But it was Macbeth who made the choices that determined his
fate. He was not forced to kill Duncan nor any of his other victims. But after
he murdered Duncan, Macbeth lost his sanity. The witches were easily able to
control his mind. They made him believe that he was invincible, and then he
willingly continued to fight when he knew that it would mean his doom. Macbeth's
downfall was planned by the weird sisters, but it was Macbeth's own free will
that lead him to it.
The three witches called the weird sisters are the root of the problem that is
the subject for this story. The weird sisters are creators of chaos by nature.
They associate with evil spirits and obey them, and they are followers of the
evil goddess, Hecate. In the play the witches, with their spells, plan the
downfall of Macbeth. They cannot directly harm him themselves, so they tell
Macbeth predictions for his possible future, in order to make him act on them.
The witches tell Macbeth that he will become the thane of Cawdor and then king
of Scotland. They poison his mind with these prophesies, making him greedy and
bringing out the evil qualities in his soul. When the first of the promises is
proven authentic, Macbeth then considers the idea of murdering Duncan for the
first time. This is his first step on the journey to his demise, as the witches
The three witches' plan succeeded, they had aroused the greed in Macbeth,
allowing him to make the most important choice of the play - to kill Duncan.
Macbeth does not easily make this decision. In fact, at first he decides against
it, but, with the knowledge that... [continues]
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