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The Metaphysical Occurrencences In Macbeth The Three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning ofthe play They tell Macbeth three prophesies he will be Thane of Cawdor Thane ofGlams and King These prophesies introduce him to ideas of greatness Macbeth willeventually follow through on killing king Duncan This brings into the play idea of fateand the role with which it has in the play The witches could foretell the future they can add temptation and influenceMacbeth but they can not control his destiny Macbeth creates his own anguish when he isdriven by his own sense of guilt This causes him to become insecure as to the reasons forhis actions which in turn causes him to commit more murders The witches offer greattemptation but it is in the end each individuals decision to fall for the appeal or to bestrong enough to resist their captivation The witches are only responsible for theintroduction of these ideas and for further forming ideas in Macbeth head but they are notresponsible for his actions throughout the play Lady Macbeth is shown early in the play asan ambitious woman with a single purpose She can manipulate Macbeth easily This isshown in the line That I may pour my spirits in thine ear IV 26 Before the speech that Lady Macbeth gives in act one scene five Macbeth is resolvednot to go through with the killing of the king However Lady Macbeth says that it wouldbe on his manliness and his bravery if he didnt This then convinces Macbeth to commit Although Macbeth has the final say in whether or not to go through with the initialkilling he loves his wife and wants to make her happy She is the dominating individual inthe relationship which is shown in her soliloquy This have I thought good to deliver theemy dearest partner of greatness that
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