Essay on The Three Witches in Macbeth
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The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play. The scene opens with the witches chanting three prophesies: Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. These prophesies introduce Macbeth to his plan of defeat and to over power. Macbeth will eventually follow through in killing king Duncan. Some people believe that the witches had the ability to reverse the order of things. This brings into the play idea of fate and the role with which it has in the play. One can only wonder if Macbeth ever had a chance of doing what was right after he met with the witches. It is however, more realistic to believe that Macbeth was responsible for his own actions throughout the play and in the end,…show more content…
She can manipulate Macbeth easily, this is shown in the line "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear". (I,V, 26) She is selfless, and wants what is best for her husband. Before the speech that Lady Macbeth gives, in act one scene five, Macbeth decides not to go through with the killing of the king. However, Lady Macbeth manipulates at Macbeth's self-esteem by playing on his manliness and his bravery. This then convinces Macbeth to kill the king..Macbeth is like a child who is easily gudied. Lady Macbeth knows this and acts on it accordingly. Although Macbeth has the final say in weather or not to go through with the initial killing, he loves Lady Macbeth and wants to make her happy. Lady Macbeth is the dominating one in the relationship which is shown in her soliloquy.
It seems that she can convince him to do anything as long as she pushes the right buttons. On the other hand, as the play goes one, and Duncan is killed, their is a reversal of natural order, and Macbeth becomes the dominating one. Lady Macbeth becomes very obedient. She becomes pathetic and only a shadow of her former self. Where she used to be manipulative and stong willed she is now weak and is unable to control Macbeth.
Ambition plays a large role in this tragedy. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a very srtong ambition that drives them. Lady Macbeth's ambition drives her to manipulate Macbeth into committing murder. Macbeth's aggressive ambition is present before the witch's
The Role of the Witches in Macbeth Essay
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The Role of the Witches in Macbeth In the play, Shakespeare used the witches to represent the supernatural, evil, a destructive force and an inversion of natural order. At the time the play was written, people believed this, and feared witches. People believed that witches had the power to change the weather and other special powers such as predicting the future and the power of flight.
In Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare begins the play with the witches discussing when they should next meet.
He does this because he wants the audience to be curious about the witches, and what role they play.
We also see in this scene that the…show more content…
In Act 1 Scene 2 Macbeth fought bravely against the strong force of the Norwegian troops. When Duncan of Macbeth's bravery he confers on him the brave title "Thane of Cawdor" after the previous Thane of Cawdor was recently found a traitor.
Before this news reaches Macbeth, he meets the witches in Act 1 Scene 3.
In this scene, the witches are portrayed as "Instruments of darkness." In weather such as thunder, the witches are plotting to torment a sea captain who's wife insulted them.
Banquo described the witches as unearthly, ugly and wild as they have beards.
The witches make three predictions for Macbeth. They hail him as the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King hereafter.
They also prophecies that Banquo's descendants will be kings but he himself will not.
The witches also make more predictions for banquo such as "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater" and "Not so happy, yet much happier" meaning he will be not so happy because he will have an early death, but he will be happier as he doesnt have to suffer wit the guilt of killing so many people.
When Banquo hears of the prophecies, he thinks that they are ridiclous and he doesn't believe or trust them as they came from witches and may be a trick leading to evil.