What caused Macbeth to do what he did? (Joshua Putney)

The song "Don't Stop Believing" represents how Macbeth became king

The song "Don't Stop Believing" represents the witches telling Macbeth his future and how he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. Macbeth believes these three witches and he decides to murder the king along with anyone, that the witches tell him, will stand in his way.
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The movie "Divergent" is a representation of the witches telling Macbeth his future

In the movie "Divergent", there is a machine that determines what faction that you will be the best fit for. What ever faction the machine told the person, then that person would more than likely choose to go into that faction. In the book Macbeth, the witches would tell Macbeth of his future, Macbeth would always listen to the witches and he would kill anyone that he was told would overrule/kill him.
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The witches are the cause of Macbeth's downfall

Macbeth is known as a war hero in Scotland; that is until he encountered the three witches who told Macbeth what would become of him. The witches told Macbeth that he would become,"...Thane of Cawdor.... [and] king hereafter!"(Shakespeare 17). At first, Macbeth found this as a joke until he met up with King Duncan who crowned Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor. Once realizing that the witches were being truthful about his future, Macbeth decided to become king by murdering King Duncan. After becoming king of Scotland, Macbeth would send mercenaries to kill Banquo's son, Fleance. Macbeth did this because the witches told Banqo that,"Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none"(Shakespeare 19). Macbeth heard that Fleance would become king and that is why he wanted Fleance dead. What Macbeth got was a dead Banquo and an alive Fleance who fled away from his death. Macbeth would continue to go to the witches and he would ask them to tell him who would overrule him as king of Scotland. At one meeting, the witches told Macbeth that,"...The pow'r of man, for none of women born shall harm Macbeth"(Shakespeare 121). Nearing the end of Macbeth's reign as king, he discovered that Macduff was the man that was not born by a women, this frightened Macbeth because the witches told him that a man not born by a women would kill him. Macduff did the deed of slaying the king of Scotland and would crown a new king. All of these murders could have been avoided if Macbeth did not encounter the three witches. When he did, the witches planted the idea of becoming king into his mind and they would cause chaos throughout Scotland.

Literary devices used in "Macbeth"

  • "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!"(Shakespeare 19). The literary device used in this quote is foreshadowing. During this scene, the witches told Macbeth what would become of him, and they just told him that he would become king of Scotland in the near future.
  • "I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?(Shakespeare 53). The literary device used in this quote is dynamic character. In this scene, Macbeth had just murdered King Duncan and he had come back to his wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her what had happened and how he had done the deed. This was when Macbeth started to change into a murderer.
  • "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none"(Shakespeare 19). The literary device used in this quote is Allusion. In this scene, Macbeth was told that he is going to become king of Scotland, and Banquo was just told that he himself will not become a king, but his child will. This implied that Banquo would die later in the story while his child would live.