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William Shakespeares Macbeth is a tragedy about a war hero named Macbeth who follows his ambition with evil and who is repaid with evil Macbeth has influenced many works of literature through its conflicts between good and evil heroes and villains loyalty and treachery and ambition and morality In the story Macbeth is ultimately responsible for the actions that lead to his fate Although the witches predictions are responsible for influencing Macbeths thoughts no one tells Macbeth to kill Duncan Macbeth is responsible for putting power into the hands of Lady Macbeth and letting her influence him Finally Macbeth acknowledges his guilt of wrongdoing and is thereby responsible for his actions Macbeths ambitions spur him on to follow an unstated yet clearly understood plan to kill Duncan Although the witches predictions initiate Macbeths desire to become king no one tells him to kill Duncan When the second prophecy becomes a reality Macbeth immediately thinks of murdering Duncan I am of Cawdor If good why do I yield to that suggestion Whose image doth unfix my hair I iii 143-145 For the first time in the story we see a dark side to the brave and courageous Macbeth Macbeth sees himself kill his ruler Macbeth is horrified by the idea but his thoughts of going after his destiny still remain Another example of Macbeths early thoughts of treachery occurs when Duncan formally names his son Malcom as his successor Stars hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires The eye wink at the hand yet let that be I iv 57-59 Macbeth is vexed at the Duncans choice of successor and wishes to overleap the situation with murder No one helps Macbeths thoughts to prepare for the murder of Duncan It is Macbeth and Macbeth only who is responsible for his own ambitions Macbeth is eager to become king and wishes to reach his
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