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In Elizabethan times witches were a natural part of life Macbeth witnessed this as seen in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare The evil forces that the weird sisters who were witches possessed put Macbeths mind in another direction This direction was the beginning of his moral downfall and the destruction of his destiny The weird sisters warned Macbeth of this in the three apparitions but he continued living his life without realizing that they were speaking of himWithout the weird sisters Macbeth would have lived a very different life It is unknown whether it would have been better or worse The weird sisters affected Macbeth in the worst way They tempted him by addressing him as Thane of Cawdor Thane of Glamis and future king without ordering him to do anything to obtain these positionsAll hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of GlamisAll hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of CawdorAll hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafterAct 1 Scene 3 Lines 48-50With this information Macbeth was provided with incentive to kill Duncan the King of Scotland He was tempted into believing that if the King was murdered he was to become what the witches predicted While the witches never said this Macbeth assumed that that was what they meant and the subsequent murder of Duncan was carried out by Macbeth himself but he also ordered special murderers to kill Banquo Lady Macduff and her children The murder and bloodshed had absolutely nothing to do with the witches Macbeth acted totally out of his own will and beliefsAlthough Macbeth murdered Duncan it was not planned and thought out When Macbeth heard the prediction given to him by the three witches he wrote a letter to his wife Lady Macbeth On reading this letter Lady Macbeth believed that if Macbeth murdered Duncan he would take his place at the Throne Lady Macbeth did not know that Duncan thought of her husband as a hero and
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