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When Macbeth becomes king he controls almost everyone from servants to assassins He even attempts to order the three witches to do his bidding However Macbeths actions and demeanor later in the play are the result of Lady Macbeth who holds sway over her husband It is she who at first coaxes and controls Macbeth resulting in the change in his personality The supernatural in particular the three witches exert control over both Macbeth and his lady In fact it is their influences that initiate the sequence of events and are therefore an integral part of the play The three witches use cleverly chosen words and prophecies to exert control over others These prophecies seem to be more potent than any action as they can be interpreted in any number of ways and have the ability to provoke otherwise hidden thoughts and desires For instance upon hearing the first prophecies and seeing the first part come true Macbeth says This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill cannot be good If good why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs This shows the power of the witches and indeed the supernatural in general The prophecies of which Macbeth is convinced are true have provoked thoughts and ideas both good and evil Hecate in turn exerts control over the witches She on the other hand uses her superiority and power to exert control It is clear to see that there is a clear class distinction between the witches and Hecate who can only exert control because of her superior abilities Apart from directly influencing Macbeth the witches also vicariously exert control over Lady Macbeth The prophecies although being related through Macbeth have exactly the same effects on his wife However Lady Macbeth fears that her husbands nature is too full o the milk of human kindness Therefore she resolves to exert her own
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