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Sep 14, 2017

There are many examples.


Firstly there is Duncan who Macbeth murders to seize the Scottish throne.

Secondly there is Banquo who he also murders to prevent his line becoming king as predicted by the witches. However Banquo's son Fleance escapes.

Thirdly there is the wife and family of Macduff who are also slain on Macbeth's orders.

Macbeth himself and Lady Macbeth are affected. They both descend into, in Shakespearean terms, the certainty of their doom as determined by their actions. Lady Macbeth descends into madness and Macbeth gradually realises his fate. In particular he realises the accuracy of the witches' prophecy when Macduff tells him he was born by Caeserian.

In a sense virtually all the characters are influenced, Duncan's guards who are murderd by Macbeth as a cover for his own crimes, the other thanes who gradually desert Macbeth, and Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donalbain.