Every day in life people have to make decisions. Some they have to make on their own, and some are made through the help of others, or should we say influence of others. These influences can come from anywhere. For instance, they can come from something a person read, saw or heard. But sometimes, they come from the trickery of other people. Some people think they can benefit off of other's decisions. They torment, lie, deceive, and play with people's minds just to get what they want. In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, there are two outside forces that lead to Macbeth's downfall. They are; Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position, and the three witches, who plot mischief on Macbeth by means of prophesies.
Macbeth would have never even thought of killing Kind Duncan if it weren't for the three witches. They lurk dark thoughts and unconscious temptations to evil into Macbeth's mind. The witches" prophecies say that Macbeth will be titled Thane of Cawdor, and that he will eventually be King. They put all these great ideas into his mind making him feel really good about himself. However, he still questions their predictions. When he asks them to elaborate, they simply vanish into thin air.
Macbeth wrote a letter to his wife telling her that King Duncan was coming to their castle that night for dinner, that he was named Thane of Cawdor, which the witches predicted, and that he would be the next king. After she reads it, Lady Macbeth gets all sorts of ideas in her head. She knows that her husband is ambitious, but that he is too full of "the milk of human kindness" (W.S. ) To take the needed procedures to make himself king. When Lady Macbeth talks to Macbeth, she tells him that she will think of a plan to make him king, and that he shouldn't worry about it. Once Duncan arrives, Macbeth realized that he does not want to kill him. Lady Macbeth is not pleased with his conclusion and calls him a coward.