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How did Macbeth turn evil?

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Macbeth turned evil by listening to the raging ambitionwithin his own personality, letting himself be manipulatedby the three witches, and allowing himself to be influencedby his wife's equally raging ambition. It was due to the evil within himself and his wife, as well as evil personified in the three witches that Macbeth killed his own king, two guards who just tried to do their job of protecting the king, his best friend Banquo, and Macduff's defenseless family. Additionally, that evil led him to bring pain and suffering on a mass scale to the entire Scottish nation.

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