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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth was an ambitious Scottish noble who was transformed into a treacherous tyrant through the influence of three main sources The first and most important influence on Macbeth were the witches They equivocated with him to damn his soul Another important influence was Lady Macbeth She was able to control him by questioning his manliness The final thing that influenced Macbeth was his ambition His desire to be king overcame all his virtues and made him into a ruthless tyrant Macbeth was transformed from a virtuous noble to a terrible tyrant through the influence of the witches Lady Macbeth and by his owns ambition The witches were able to lead Macbeth to damnation through their equivocation The witches first met with him after the battle with Norway Macbeth and Banquo were talking after they both fought bravely in the battle when the witches appeared The last two witches said All hail Macbeth Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter I iii 49-50 The two witches told him that he was to be the Thane of Cawdor and eventually king When Macbeth was named Thane of Cawdor later in that scene he started to have some interest in the witches predictions Another instance where the witches equivocated with him is with the apparitions Macbeth had trust in the witches and he wanted to know more about what the future had in store for him so he went to the witches and demanded that they tell him about the future When the witches showed him the second apparition it said Be bloody bold and resolute Laugh to scorn The powr of man for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth IV 77-79 Then the witches showed him another apparition which said Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against
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