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From the beginning of the play when the audience is introduced to the character of Macbeth they are also introduced to his weakness his susceptibility to witchcraft As the noble and valiant Macbeth transforms from a good Cawdor to an evil king Shakespeare does not make it clear whether Macbeth freely chooses his path on his own or is controlled by the witches It is evident from the opening scenes of the play that he is particularly affected by the supernatural when Banquo asks Macbeth why You start and seem to fear8230 Macbeths reaction to the supernatural should be notes as it allows the audience to argue that the thought of being king has already imprinted in his mind and that the witches are merely playing on his ambition to be king The witches bring Macbeths ambition to the forefront of the play and it is ambition that impels him to create thoughts of violence in his mind even though he longs for a worthy motive Therefore it could be argued that perhaps the character is not fate with Macbeth as it is the witches that begin the chain of bloody deeds that are to come However the way Macbeth reacts when he hears of the prophesies of the supernatural is a hint for the audience that the horrid image that comes with murderous thoughts which doth unfix my hair were already lying in his subconscious state Therefore if was not so susceptible to the witches and was strong enough to let Macbeth Chance crown me king worthy Macbeth may have never needed to let these wicked thoughts rise to the surface of a seemingly heroic character Therefore character is fate for his moral weakness coupled with is vaulting ambition is what leads to endless bloodshed in Scotland This susceptibility to witchcraft is re-iterated in his letter to his wife describing how he Stood rapt in the wonder
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