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We see in the play Macbeth that when the motivation to succeed in life becomes overpowering other people may easily influence one and elements and one may decide on wrongful actions to achieve a goal Some of the influences on Macbeth include the witches and the apparitions Lady Macbeth and lastly Macbeths own insecurities and misguided attempts to control his future The witches and their prophecies are the first major influence on Macbeths actions Macbeth seems happy and content with himself until the witches tell him he will be king He begins immediately to consider murdering Duncan 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 Against the use of nature I iii 144-147 Macbeth immediately writes Lady Macbeth They met me in the day of success and I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge I v 1-3 He obviously has great faith in the witches words Later on the apparitions called by the witches influence Macbeth by making him believe he is invincible Rebellions head rise never till the wood Of Birnam rise and our high-placed Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature pay his breath To time and mortal custom IV i 106-109 Lady Macbeth is a second major influence on Macbeth As soon as Lady Macbeth learns of the witches words from Macbeths letter we learn Macbeth is considered kind and without cruelty She intends to influence him to kill Duncan She says Hie thee hither That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crownd withal I v 24-29 When Macbeth decides not to continue
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