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An individual makes many decisions in his or her lifetimes that will determine the outcome of his or her life The decisions made are made by the individual alone Therefore every individual is responsible for his or her own actions Others may influence the individual however the outcome of the choice made will still be the responsibility of the individual making the decision In the great Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth the protagonist Macbeth kills King Duncan because of influence of his wife Lady Macbeth and the Three Witches who manipulate him leading him to his own death However because of the decisions he made to listen to the insinuating prophecies and his power fanatical wife Macbeth is ultimately responsible for his own downfall Although Macbeth is solely responsible for his own downfall there are many others who encouraged him to do the feat The two main contributors is Lady Macbeth the Three Witches It was three Witches who brought this idea to Macbeths awareness at the very beginning They seduced him in to believing the prophecies that he can be the Thane of Cawdor and King hereafter The Three Witches also greeted Macbeth as the Thane of Glamis however he already is the Thane of Glamis Macbeth is reluctant to believe the Three Witches prophecies at first but when he is greeted Thane of Cawdor page 19 act I scene iii he immediately begins to speculate about the other prophecies The Three Witches are the first ones to implant the idea of ambition in to Macbeths mind The idea that he could be someone important was all it took for Macbeth to wonder and make decisions that will forever change his life After the idea has been established in his mind Macbeth needs encouragement Although Macbeth is a courageous Scottish general not used to doing evil deeds he is lured by the idea of power and advancement Lady Macbeth is much
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