Macbeth

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Macbeth


The Influence of External Forces





There were many external forces that influenced Macbeth on making his major



decision. The decision was whether or no to kill King Duncan. These forces were the



apparitions, the old witches, and Lady Macbeth. The apparitions influenced Macbeth by



making him think he was invincible. The witches influenced Macbeth by telling him that



he was going to become king. Lady Macbeth also influenced him by emasculating him.



Although these factors influenced Macbeth, it was still his choice to act upon this



decision. Still, no matter how hard Macbeth tried, he could not avoid the influence of



what others had to say.



The first external force that influenced Macbeth was the apparitions. The



apparitions influenced Macbeth by making him think he was invincible. The first



apparition said, "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff! Beware Thane of



Fife, dismiss me; enough."(act 4, scene 1, lines 71-73) This meant that Macbeth, had to



watch out for Macduff, the Thane of Fife . The second apparition said, "Be bloody,



bold, and resolute, Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none born of woman shall



harm Macbeth."( act 4, scene 1, lines 78-81) This meant that no man that was born out



of the female birth canal could harm Macbeth. This statement contradicts the one



statement made by the first apparition. Macbeth thought that since Macduff was human



that he had to have been born through the birth canal. Macbeth did not know that



Macduff was born by c-section, he was untimely ripped. The third apparition said,



"Be lion-mettled, proud and take no care of who chafes, who frets, or where



conspires are: Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high



Dunsinane Hill shall come against him."(Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 89-94) This means that



Macbeth should be brave and proud. It also means that Macbeth will not be killed until



the forest marches up to his castle. Macbeth thinks though that that was absurd. He



never imagined the forest walking. The forest did walk though. It walked



when Macduff and his associates camouflaged themselves with it, and attacked

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