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Victim of Circumstances Macbeth a victim of circumstances or not He was a victim of circumstances The witches Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself all contribute to the murdering of Duncan The first of the three major circumstances Macbeth falls victim to is the witches prediction The third prediction that the witches make is that he will be king All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter1 The second of the circumstances is Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth at first skillfully pushes Macbeth to murder Duncan by mocking him Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself2 doubting his love for her Such I account thy love3 accusing him of cowardice And live a coward4 She finally convinced him by pointing out how easy it would be When Duncan is asleep-5 Macbeth loved his wife very much and valued her opinion perhaps too much The last of the major circumstances is simply himself and what he is deep down Macbeth has no control over the way he is It is his vaulting ambition that makes him the way he is This is why I consider it a circumstance where others may not Macbeth is weak He gave in to his evil side by even considering murdering Duncan We can see him questioning himself in his aside in Act I scene 3 Why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image Are less than horrible imaginings6 He cannot seem to be able to control his thoughts He lets his ambition to become king run a wild The murder of Duncan is the first and biggest step in Macbeths moral degradation From here evil deeds become easier because he feels he has gone too far to turn around I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no more Returning were as tedious as go oer7 Later
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