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What light is shed on Macbeths character through his interactions with the witches Banquo and Macduff Macbeth explores the deterioration and disintegration of a tragic hero who fails to make the right moral choices in life We must look into the other characters that influence Macbeth into taking the path he chose to take In particular the witches and Lady Macbeth played a major role in his downfall We do see in the end though Macbeth starts taking matters into his own hand by killing Macduffs family and Banquo The role of the witches in Macbeth is to reveal his potential to be evil The witches unfairly influenced Macbeth They planted the seed of rebellion in Macbeths mind and fuelled the thoughts of regicide that perhaps he was already considering By saying Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter the witches prophesized that Macbeth would be the King of Scotland the next time they meet and also gave another prophecy - that Macbeth would be thane of Cawdor Once the thane of Cawdor prophecy came true in the very same scene Macbeth began thinking about the second prophecy of him becoming king This started the train of thought which ultimately led to his demise The witches say As you know security is morals chiefest enemy If the witches did not prophesize of Macbeths coming kingship Macbeth would have committed the regicide on his own His craving for power would have led him to eventually act out his inner thoughts which may have meant killing Duncan or perhaps only sabotaging his reign so that Macbeth could have some material reward for the sabotage If Macbeth did manage to kill the king however he once again may not have been able to keep up the pretence of innocence the false face must hide what the heart doth know as Macbeth so eloquently puts it Had he been able to however he would have survived to reign for quite
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