Macbeth: Witches Influence on Macbeth\'s Decisions

In the Shakespearean play, "Macbeth," the witches influence on how Macbeth made
his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction.
The witches were trying to create chaos by prophesying to Macbeth in order to
get him to act. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth\'s head that grew to
dominate his mind. But it was Macbeth who made the choices that determined his
fate. He was not forced to kill Duncan nor any of his other victims. But after
he murdered Duncan, Macbeth lost his sanity. The witches were easily able to
control his mind. They made him believe that he was invincible, and then he
willingly continued to fight when he knew that it would mean his doom. Macbeth\'s
downfall was planned by the weird sisters, but it was Macbeth\'s own free will
that lead him to it.

The three witches called the weird sisters are the root of the problem that is
the subject for this story. The weird sisters are creators of chaos by nature.
They associate with evil spirits and obey them, and they are followers of the
evil goddess, Hecate. In the play the witches, with their spells, plan the
downfall of Macbeth. They cannot directly harm him themselves, so they tell
Macbeth predictions for his possible future, in order to make him act on them.
The witches tell Macbeth that he will become the thane of Cawdor and then king
of Scotland. They poison his mind with these prophesies, making him greedy and
bringing out the evil qualities in his soul. When the first of the promises is
proven authentic, Macbeth then considers the idea of murdering Duncan for the
first time. This is his first step on the journey to his demise, as the witches
had planned.

The three witches\' plan succeeded, they had aroused the greed in Macbeth,
allowing him to make the most important choice of the play - to kill Duncan.
Macbeth does not easily make this decision. In fact, at first he decides against
it, but, with the knowledge that he could be king, he could not help himself
from considering it. After constant persuasion from Lady Macbeth, she and
Macbeth finally made their decision. Lady Macbeth would load Duncan\'s attendants
with liquor, and then, on Lady Macbeth\'s signal, Macbeth would creep into
Duncan\'s chamber and slay him with his servant\'s weapons. This act surges
Macbeth forward on the direct path to his destruction. Afterwards, when Duncan
is discovered dead, Macbeth kills again when he murders the servants who were
guarding Duncan. Claiming he acted in rage Macbeth kills the servants so that
they cannot bear witness against him. Macbeth\'s greed had taken control of him
and he could not turn back. It only took the one idea embedded into Macbeth\'s
head to lead him toward corruption.

After Macbeth grows more sinful and overpowered with greed he does not make any
real attempt to change, and his conscious is bothered by this. Slowly Macbeth
loses grasp of his sanity and self-control. Being consumed with power, Macbeth
lets nothing stand in the way of his reign, because his reign is all that he has
left now. Macbeth\'s malevolence and deceptiveness are shown further when he
becomes so obsessed with the witches prophesies to his friend, Banquo, that he
decides to hire two men to kill him and his son. It is not long before Macbeth\'s
own ruthlessness begins to disturb him, greatly. He suffers from troubled sleep,
nightmares and loss of appetite, and he is going insane. At a banquet in his
castle Macbeth envisions Banquo\'s ghost and gives a terrified reaction in front
of his guests. Also because Macduff does not attend the banquet and flees to
England, Macbeth, in anger, decides to have his family murdered. Later in the
play Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth, "I am in blood / Stepp\'d in so far, that,
should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o\'er." This remark
paints the image of Macbeth swimming in a sea of blood, having proceeded so far
that it is easier to continue than to go back. Macbeth has lost hope. With
regret, he feels that he is past the point of no return, he has sinned so
brutally and severely that he is unable to atone for it.

Now that the witches have succeeded in bringing out Macbeth\'s evil qualities,
they are ready to finish their plot and make sure that Macbeth follows his
destiny to his downfall. With Hecate\'s guidance, the witches plan to lead
Macbeth to his death