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Although I don?t think Macbeth would have done the things he does unless the Witches had met him, it does seem to be that the desire for things like kingship were already in Macbeth; it was the final straw to meet the Witches and their visions of him as King finally tip him over the edge into actually trying to attain the title. However, it doesn?t seem to be ONLY the Witches? influence that makes Macbeth do the deeds he does. For example, just because Banquo?s children are predicted to become Kings (?Thou shalt get Kings, though thou be none,? in A. 1, S. 3, Ls. 68/69) Banquo just doesn?t go and murder the King! Banquo is a little more suspicious of the Witches: ?To win us our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truth.? (A. 1, S. 3, Ls. 123/124) This stops him from truly

trying to fill out the prophecies. Perhaps because Banquo is nobler, less trusting and less ambitious than the Macbeths this also stops him from doing anything like what Macbeth does. He also is very weary of anything like the Witches, saying they are trying to treat the two soldiers as friends for their own means. Banquo is suspicious of them and feels that anything like what the Witches predict needs to be treated with caution. Banquo tries, in fact, to warn Macbeth of this, but he doesn?t listen and events progress in a downward spiral for Macbeth more and more as the play advances. If Macbeth had listened to his old friend Banquo things wouldn?t have turned out the way they did by far. Although he is wrong about the Witches? intentions Macbeth tries to reassure Banquo, and

this shows how confident Macbeth is of himself and how things he?s sure will go fine for him: ?If (the Witches and their visions are) ill, why hath it given me earnest of success?? Of course, Banquo doesn?t have Lady Macbeth as a wife. She could even be seen as a fourth witch, the way she behaves in the play. She is constantly calling out to spirits to help her with the evil deeds she wants to be able to commit and she herself tries (and succeeds) to convince Macbeth that the Witches? visions of the future are to come true: ?Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me? (with) the direst cruelty.? (A. 1, S. 5, L. 40) Without the Witches, it?s true that Macbeth would never have carried out the bloody deeds, but it?s also his own wife that pushes him

into killing the King. She makes comments about him being weak and faint hearted (?thy nature, it is too full o? th? milk of human kindness? at A. 1, S. 4, L. 15) when he thinks twice over killing the King, which her husband sees as a great dishonour to God Himself: ?He?s here in double trust? I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against he deed… who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself.? (A. 1, S. 7, Ls. 12/16) Lady Macbeth doesn?t seem to be able to foresee the consequences of their actions; she feels that they should be uncaring over what things they must do to get Macbeth to be King, saying that ?a little water? will cleanse their hands (i.e. their conscience) over the acts of murder they commit. In the end, of course, it?s proved

that it?s Lady Macbeth who can?t cope with what she?s done and she slips into insanity, a raving guilt-obsessed woman who spills out the secrets she?s keeping to the doctor who visits her. Even when Lady Macbeth commits suicide it doesn?t really have an impact upon the play; Macbeth seems accepting of her death due to the way they?ve become alienated towards each other (he doesn?t even inform her over the murder of Banquo which shows how he now is not really consulting her anymore): ?How now my lord, why do you keep alone?? (A. 3, S. 2, L. 8) The way Macbeth reacts to her death shows how normal mortality seems to him now, he?s not really shocked by death at all, he has bigger things to worry about, such as covering his tracks from the other murders or worrying over keeping his

crown. Throughout the play, strange occurrences with nature seem to happen and supernatural forces seem to be at work. I?ve already mentioned the pathetic fallacy at the start of the play, but this theme occurs again and again in Macbeth. For example, while the King is being killed during the night it?s one of the worst Lennox can remember, saying ?the night has been unruly? the earth was feverous and did shake.? (A. 2, S. 3) This reflects the way the trouble in Scotland (the murder of a King) is being mirrored in the weather. It?s not just the weather that seems to be troubled; on the night of King Duncan?s murder he has trouble sleeping, saying that the night seems stranger because no stars are out (another indication of the way Duncan is soon to die): ?There?s husbandry in