Persuasion is an extremely powerful tool against the weak. It can affect someone’s choices between good and evil and block their judgement. It plays a critical role in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Macbeth is a victim of persuasion, ultimately making him unaccountable for his actions. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s partner, persuades her husband to commit murder. The three witches influence Macbeth’s decisions through the use of predictions. The three apparitions made by the witches also play an important role in determining Macbeth’s fate.
Taking these examples into consideration, Macbeth was overpowered by others persuasion making him a victim. To start, Lady Macbeth is one of the most persuasive characters in the play. She uses the tool of manipulation to her advantage to receive personal benefits. As soon as she opens Macbeth’s letter where he talks about the three witches’, Lady Macbeths determines that she wants to be the Queen of Scotland and plans to help her husband get the throne.
She determines this when she says, “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promis’d.
After this scene it was easy to see how dark hearted Lady Macbeth really was. Though Macbeth is still a good hearted, loyal man, Lady Macbeth will do just about anything to make sure he becomes King and she become Queen. It is obvious at this point that Lady Macbeth is responsible for the death of King duncan and the corruption of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to kill the King by questioning his manliness, “When you durst do it, you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.
Sense Macbeth values his man hood he is easily convinced. If Lady Macbeth had never persuaded him, he most likely wouldn’t have killed King Duncan in the first place causing the following string of events to never occur. Lady Macbeth was one of the main causes in her husbands shift from good to evil. In the play, Macbeth views the three witches as wise, evil, and powerful women. Witches are known in this era for their unbelievable powers, because of this Macbeth is greatly influenced by them.
The witches easily manipulated Macbeth with their ability to see into the future. When the witches say, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! / All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! / All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter. ” (1. 3. 48-50). Macbeth cannot help consider that what they are calling him is in fact his future. Macbeth’s guard is down once he learns about the witches predictions which causes him to become weaker, making persuasion even easier. Due to Macbeths weak state he is consumed by his dream of maintaining the throne.
Though he is a noble, respectable man, Macbeth is completely mesmerized by the witches prophecies. Due to Macbeths new weakness, the witches can make sure he does exactly what they want. The witches make Macbeth feel very confident and reckless leading him to make his bad decisions. Lastly, The three apparitions the witches show him ensure that Macbeth will follow the path they want him to take. The first apparition tells Macbeth to, “Beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife. ” This confirms Macbeths fears and worries regarding Macduff as a threat.
The second apparition that he encounters is a bloody child, the child says, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn, the power of man, for none of woman born, Shall harm Macbeth. ” (4. 1. 81) Because of this Macbeth feels relieved and no longer threatened by Macduff. He feels like he is finally in control of his situation. The final apparition and possibly the most important tells macbeth to be full of pride and carelessness. He believes these prophecies with everything he has, causing him to be incautious, over-confident, and extremely vulnerable.
Ultimately, Macbeth can’t be held responsible for his actions because he is a victim of persuasion. His own wife persuaded him into committing murder, introducing him to a life of insanity and evil. The witches directed Macbeth’s actions through their supernatural powers and prophecies. Followed by the three apparitions made by the witches tricking him into his vulnerable state. Persuasion is a powerful tool against the weak. It can affect someone’s choices between good and evil, and block their judgement. Macbeth is a victim of persuasion.