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The tragedy Macbeth written by Shakespeare shows a man fall from the greatest pedestal kingship It is one of the greatest tragedies because it demonstrates how a once loyal and courageous man can diminish into an immoral butcher Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches stating that he would become King This prophecy enkindled Macbeths vaulting ambition and after the prompting of Lady Macbeth Macbeth commits regicide Killing the King is the beginning of Macbeths tragic fall After Macbeth rises to kingship he begins to behave like a tyrant because he becomes obsessed with his elevated position He becomes paranoid about Banquos prophecy so he kills Banquo and tries to kill his son He commits evil after evil killing anyone who threatens his reign Macbeths monstrous behaviour ends with his death and the restoration of Duncans royal line In Macbeth there are many tragic events that are caused because of the involvement of the witches Macbeth and Lady Macbeth These tragic events led to the demise of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth The witches are the first to appear in Macbeth and this signifies their importance in the tragic events of the play Their first appearance straight away categorises the witches as evil as their riddles show that they want to stir up trouble Fair is foul and foul is fair act1 scene1 The witches add an element of supernatural and prophecy to the play Without the witches the prophecy which was the beginning of the tragic events would not have occurred The evil portrayal of the weird witches in Macbeth was because of King Jamess views and interests in witches and the supernatural James believed that witches were evil and there purpose was to kill the King This certainly had an influence in Macbeth as the witches are partly responsible for the regicide of Duncan The witches used Macbeths tragic flaw to create something of their own doing They prophecised that Macbeth would become King
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