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In Shakespeare’s tragic play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth transforms from a loyal warrior at battle to a power-hungry individual which eventually triggers his own downfall. In the first Act, Macbeth and Banquo, his companion, meet three witches who come with a prophecy which strikes Macbeth’s social interests. Then, Macbeth writes a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who acts upon the prophecy by deliberately planning the murder of the king, Duncan in order for her husband to replace such a position. However, Macbeth does not wish to commit such a savage action until, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth that the outcome would be beneficial. After this chain of events, Macbeth viciously kills any individual who would only be an obstacle in his path of power and prestige.
The three witches play a significant role in stimulating Macbeth’s ambition, which is the driving force throughout the play. Macbeth’s downfall is not only caused by his own thoughts as well as actions, but largely by the influences of the three witches. Although he takes the action that leads to his downfall, he perhaps would not have killed Duncan if the witches had not told him that he would be king. The first witch says the following: “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!” Then, the second: “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!” Lastly, the third witch says: All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (I, iii, 50-53) These words cause Macbeth to become curious which dir...