Decisions are always hard to make, but have to be made everyday. People tend to put pressure on others to force them to make the wrong decisions. Macbeth is influenced greatly by these people because he refuses to listen to his conscience. He starts out as a strong man but when he encounters the witches his whole mindset changes to that of a greedy man. There are two major influences on Macbeth's character. These influences are the witches and Lady Macbeth along with Macbeth losing touch with his conscience. Macbeth falls into an evil world and an evil mind.
Macbeth's downfall is not only caused by his own thoughts but largely by the influences of the three witches. Although he takes the action that leads to his downfall, he perhaps would not have done this if the witches had not told him that he would be king. The witches are more responsible for Macbeth's downfall than he is. In Act 1, Scene 3, the witches tell Macbeth "All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis! / All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! / All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!" (1.3 51-53). Before hearing the witch's prophecies, Macbeth had never in his wildest dreams thought of killing King Duncan to become king himself. Even after the prophecies Macbeth says, "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me" (1. 3 157-158). Although a short time after thinking this Macbeth thinks about killing the current king to become king himself. He starts thriving to be king after the witches prophecies made Macbeth realizes how close he is to taking the throne and ruling the country, being the most respected man in Scotland. Once this happened Macbeth stops paying attention to his conscience and starts really noticing his inner dark side that include in them evil and greed. This along with his wife makes Macbeth really turn to the darker side of his mind. .
The other strong influence on Macbeth's character is his wife, Lady Macbeth.