Influenced To Murder Essay

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In the beginning, Macbeth was seen as a hero but then external and internal forces helped influence him to make the wrong decisions. Macbeth was seen as a reliable hero until he was persuaded to go against everything he stood for. Macbeth was swayed to commit murder against his own cousin by the witches’ prophesy, his own ambition, and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth yielded to his influences and let them change him completely. Even though Macbeth was seen as a loyal cousin to the king at first, there were many influences that led him to commit his first murder.
The witches’ prophecies helped fuel Macbeth’s hidden desire to become king and greatly shaped him to do anything in order to have the prophecy come true, even commit murder. If it were not for their predictions, Macbeth would not have thought about becoming king. “…Macbeth clearly confides in their prophecies and believes them to be truths…” (Macbeths Demise). When finding out that one of the predictions came true, he was led to believe he would become a great king. The witches misguided Macbeth by only telling him half truths and tricked him into a disastrous path that would lead to his demise. Also, the three seers helped influence Macbeth by letting him see a part of himself that was hidden inside him. “They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth's head that grew to dominate his mind.” (Witches Influence on Macbeths Decisions), which, let his desire consume him until the only thing he thought about was to become king. The witches’ prophecies were not the only force that influenced Macbeth into committing a crime but his own faults also influenced him.
Macbeths’ ambition was what actually led him to actually go through with killing his cousin. “Throughout the play, it is Macbeth’s ambition that destroys his good nature and forces him to break all moral boundaries.” (Ambition in Macbeth). Shows that he allows his ambition to shift his old beliefs and corrupt him further and become blind to the consequences. Even though he was skeptical about slaying the king he still went through with the plan. “In the play, Macbeth is described as a man who has ambitions of becoming king.” (Ambition in Macbeth). His ambitions helped create his desire to destroy everything as long as he got what he wanted and it stayed like that. Nevertheless, ambition may have sustained Macbeth’s ability to assassinate but Lady Macbeth seems to be the most influential towards...

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