An Analysis of Macbeth Essay

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In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, murders the king of Scotland and eventually murders several other people. In the end, Macbeth meets his tragic fate of being killed by the nobleman Macduff. Throughout the play, Macbeth makes decisions that affect his fate, but other characters manipulate his choices and his actions. Early in the play Macbeth, Macbeth has control over his actions, but due to the influence of other characters and his subsequent insanity, by the end of the play, Macbeth has no control over his fate. In the first scene, Macbeth is unaffected by magic and has the ability to make good decisions. When the witches encounter him and predict that he will be king, Macbeth has a choice to believe the …show more content…
In this quote, the first witch is speaking about her plan to torture a woman’s husband because the woman did not share chestnuts with her (Shakespeare 1.3.101-104). Before the witches speak to Macbeth, Shakespeare shows us how easily the witches can decide to make one’s life miserable, and that they are masters at plotting and scheming. The witches enjoy meddling with people’s lives. This is shown in Act Three when Hecate is speaking to the witches and speaks of “trade and traffic with Macbeth/In riddles and affairs of death” (Shakespeare 3.5.1453-1455). It is out of Macbeth’s control that the witches choose to plan out his tragic fate and tricked him into making choices that lead him to his own downfall. Because the witches are evil and choose to ruin Macbeth, Macbeth is faced with several situations where he has control over himself in a literal and physical sense, but he is very influenced. Macbeth is so greatly misled by the predictions the witches give and the apparitions that these choices he makes are only based upon how the witches want Macbeth to act. The witches know what to say in order to manipulate Macbeth. Clearly, when they say, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” to Macbeth, they realize these words will lead him to murder Duncan (Shakespeare 1.3.151). They also would not have told Macbeth not to worry until “Great Birnam wood [came] to high Dunsinane hill” unless they knew that men would disguise themselves in Birnam

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