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Often debated is the role of the witches in Macbeths life whether they controlled him or merely provided him with insight The witches are introduced at the beginning of the play and give Macbeth three prophecies First that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor second that he will become Thane of Glams and finally he will become King There is the possibility that once Macbeth met with the witches they controlled every move he made It is more realistic however to believe that Macbeth was responsible for his own actions throughout the play rather than being controlled by the witches The witches could foretell the future therefore adding temptation but they could not control his destiny Macbeths misery is driven by his own sense of guilt This causes him to become insecure and paranoid about his actions which in turn drives him to commit more murders The three Witches are only responsible for the introduction of these ideas into Macbeths head not for his actions throughout the play Macbeths motivation is dominated more by Lady Macbeth than the witches Lady Macbeth is shown early in the play as an ambitious woman with a single purpose to manipulate Macbeth This is shown in the line That I may pour my spirits in thine ear I V 26 She is also however selfless and wants what is best for her husband Before the speech that Lady Macbeth gives in act one scene five Macbeth has resolved not to go through with the killing of the king However Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeths self-esteem by playing on his masculinity and his bravery This then convinces Macbeth to go through with the murder Macbeth is easily swayed just like a child may be Lady Macbeth knows this and acts on it accordingly Although Macbeth has the final say in whether or not to go through with the initial killing he loves Lady Macbeth and wants to make
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