How Did The Three Witches Influence Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth', the false protagonist Macbeth was not influenced solely by the three witches, Lady Macbeth, or by his own ambitions to become the king, but was instead influenced by an amalgamation of all three. It can easily be debated that one or the other had a hand in causing Macbeth to usurp the throne; however there is nothing to suggest that only one of them specifically was the lone cause of his actions. Whilst the three witches had provided Macbeth with a foretelling of his future, it was his wife who pushed him to go through with assassinating King Duncan, and even then it might not have happened if Macbeth did not personally want the throne himself. Macbeth's own ambitions to be the king of Scotland are what pushed him in the end to betray and…show more content…
When news of the witches' prophecy reaches her, she is overjoyed by the idea of Macbeth becoming king of Scotland, but doubts his strength to go through with it. This is in scene five of act one, where she states in direct quote: "But I worry about whether or not you have what it takes to seize the crown. "Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o' th' milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way." Later on in scene seven, the aforementioned attempt by Macbeth to back out of the murder is refuted by Lady Macbeth, who then says "What beast was ’t, then, that made you break this enterprise to me? 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." In other words, she is saying that if he refuses to kill Duncan then he is a coward, but if he goes through with it, he'll be more of a man than he ever was. Through blackmail and questioning his masculinity, Lady Macbeth successfully pushes Macbeth to go through with murdering his friend and king,

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