Macbeth Term Paper

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In Macbeth, I believe the story would have been completely different. Why? If it

hadn’t been for the three witches, Macbeth would never have killed Duncan nor Banquo.

The three witches are the reason that everything happened the way the they did. In the

beginning of the play, the three witches prophecized that Macbeth would become Thane

of Cawdor and the King of Scotland. In the near future Macbeth became the Thane of

Cawdor because of his valiant efforts in the war. Macbeth started to think about the

witches prophecies and started to become a little ambitious. With the constant nagging

and mockery of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decides to go through with the murder of

Duncan. Thus, another one of the witches prophecies was fulfilled. The witches also

prophecized that Banquo’s sons will be kings. In the worry of Banquo finding out about

the murder of Duncan and the thought of Banquo’s son, Fleance from becoming king,

Macbeth hires a few assassins to murder Banquo and his son. Later, three ghosts appear in

front of Macbeth. First, an armored head appears and warns Macbeth to beware of

Macduff. Second, a bloody child appears telling Macbeth that no man born a woman

should harm him. Third, a child holding a tree, tells Macbeth that he is safe until Birnham

Woods comes to Dunsinane. After the three ghosts visit Macbeth, the apparition of

Banquo appears. Following Banquo is seven of his descendants, all of which were

deceased kings. The first of the three warinings from the ghosts comes true when macduff

allies with Malcolm, one of Duncan’s sons. Together they plan to retake the throne of

Scotland. Macduff and Malcolm plan to use the leaves and branches of Birnham Woods as

camouflage. Before Macbeth is killed, he remembers the third ghost that stated that no

man born a woman should harm him. Macduff then explains that he was razed out of his

mother’s stomach, which means that he was not born a woman. All three of the warnings

from the ghosts came true. This is why I believe that if Macbeth had never spoken to the

three witches, none of this would have happened.

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