Forces That Distroy Macbeth

  • Category: English
  • Words: 505
  • Grade: 98
The Forces that destroy Macbeth
        There are three main sources that combine to destroy Macbeth and push him toward evil. Lady Macbeth, flaws in his own character, and most influential the three witches. The three witches represent the forces of evil, and some may say the devil. Throughout the play, the witches referred to as the "weird sisters" by many of the characters, lurk like dark thoughts and unconscious temptations to evil. They alone give Macbeth the thoughts in his head that he would one day be King and try to feed his character flaws.
        The mischief the three witches cause in some ways stems from their supernatural powers, but mainly it seems the result of their understanding of the weaknesses of the way they play upon Macbeth's ambition like puppeteers. The witches' beards, bizarre potions, and rhymed speech make them seem slightly ridiculous, like cartoon characters of the supernatural. Shakespeare has them speak in rhyming couplets throughout the play like, "Double, double, toil and trouble, / Fire burn and cauldron bubble" IV.i.10"“11 this separates them from the other characters, who mostly speak in blank verse, and that alone raises a question about there important in the play.
        The witches are clearly the most dangerous characters in the play, being both tremendously powerful and utterly wicked. The witches bear a striking and obviously resemblance to the Fates, female characters in Greek mythology who weave the fabric of human lives and then cut the threads to end them. It is doubtful that Macbeth would have
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murdered his king without the push given by the witches' predictions. In other cases, though, their prophecies are just remarkably accurate readings of the future. This fact alone is a huge reason why these three witches are the greatest force at work to destroy Macbeth.
        The other two forces, that being Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself, also had meaningful contributions to his demise. When we first see Lady Macbeth, she is already plotting Duncan's murder, and she is stronger, more ruthless, and more ambitious than her husband. She seems fully aware of this and knows that she will have to push Macbeth into committing murder. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband with remarkable effectiveness, overriding all his objections, and when he hesitates to murder, she repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he must commit murder to prove himself to her. For Macbeth the prediction that he will be king brings him joy, but it also creates inner turmoil. He shows us the terrible effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character.
        The Three witches by far are the greatest force behind Macbeth's fall. Without their predictions of greatness, Macbeth would have never thought of killing his King. Not to say that they were the only evil though. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself also contributed to his weakness and his eventual death. Macbeth is a story about how evil can interfere with a once respected warrior, and turn him into a murderer, and a traitor.

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