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The combination of the influence of the witches and the influence of Lady Macbeth on Macbeth are what precipitate the tragedy The witches initial prophecies where they address Macbeth with titles he doesnt have influence Macbeth The apparitions in the play also have an influence on Macbeth because of their ambiguous allure When Lady Macbeth questions Macbeths masculinity she influences him to kill Duncan Even though Macbeth has doubts Lady Macbeth convinces him to kill Duncan by calming his fears Lady Macbeth wants to see her husband succeed and become king she will stop at nothing to make that possible The witches and Lady Macbeth manipulate and evoke Macbeth to act the way he does in the play because he is susceptible to their influence The witches deceptive predictions give Macbeth and Lady Macbeth a false sense of what is possible The witches do not only deceive Macbeth but their predictions tempt him to commit the murder of Duncan From the moment that their eyes first met with Macbeths he is spell-bound That meeting sways his destiny Lambs 184 The Weird Sisters are the ones who give Macbeth the impulse to commit the treasonous act They are the supernatural beings who encourage Macbeth in his evil inclinations Boyce 715 The witches gave their first prophecies to Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 3 They greet Macbeth knowing who he is before he can introduce himself The first witch greets him with All hail Macbeth Hail to thee Thane of GlamisI iii 49 This is the title that he already has and the only shock in that statement is that the witch knew who he was without introduction The second witch then says to Macbeth All hail Macbeth Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor I iii 50 This is an immediate puzzle to Macbeth because he thinks that the Thane of Cawdor lives a prosperous gentleman I iii 72 A few lines later when Macbeth is actually
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