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Importance of the Witches Prophecies in Macbeth - Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare that is set in eleventh century Scotland. In the play, the witches give Macbeth numerous prophecies that are malicious designs to provoke Macbeth towards his demise. This is done through giving Macbeth thoughts of treason against the king, telling him to secure the kingdom from Banquo and his descendants, and giving him a false sense of invincibility against his enemies. If it was not for the witches prophecies guiding Macbeth he would have never murdered Duncan and Macbeths life would not have been a tragedy....   [tags: The Witches in Macbeth]
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The Witches Play the Greatest Part in Macbeth’s Downfall - The witches are the first characters we see in the play in Act one Scene one- A prologue of evil. They plan to meet Macbeth when the fighting has finished. “When the hurly Burley’s done” From the very beginning of the play the witches are planning to give Macbeth the news of his future and so lead to his downfall. They speak to each other about their next action, to meet with Macbeth. The setting in which Shakespeare first presents the witches is On the Moor with thunder and lightening in the background....   [tags: macbeth, witches, shakespeare,] 1093 words
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The Role of the Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - I found responding to the play ‘Macbeth’ difficult because of the era it was written in. Shakespeare wrote the play between 1603-1606 when attitudes were completely different to the attitudes of society today, in particular, widespread belief in witchcraft. In contrast to today, when not many people believe in such things. They used to be feared. They were considered evil, ugly and vindictive. They did not belong to this world, they were ‘supernatural’, with supernatural powers. In the play the witches plant ideas into Macbeth’s head, which affects his inner soul....   [tags: Witches, Shakespeare, Macbeth, witchcraft, ] 1323 words
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Macbeth and the Witches - Macbeth: The Witches’ Responsibility for Macbeth’s Actions The three witches that are introduced at the beginning of the play are responsible for the introduction of the ideas that caused Duncan’s death and Macbeth’s destruction but not for Macbeth’s actions themselves. They recount to Macbeth three prophecies; that Macbeth will be: 1) Thane of Cawdor, 2) Thane of Glamis, and 3) King. Macbeth welcomes the ideas spawned from the witches’ prophecies, which is what triggered the spiral of events in this story....   [tags: essays research papers] 1004 words
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witches and Witchcraft in Jacobean Society and Macbeth - The people in the Jacobean era believed in the strong presence of evil that plagued their world and specifically accused witches to be responsible for such evil. These influential beliefs can be seen as a common motif in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where the witches have shaped Macbeth’s fate. Moreover the influence and fear of witches and witchcraft in Jacobean society has led to chaotic persecution of those associated with the practice and in Macbeth, the influence of witchcraft incited terror on one king and make decisions of an entire nation....   [tags: appearance, physical harm, witches] 1158 words
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The Witches in MacBeth - The Witches in MacBeth      Shakespeare utilized many sources of information when writing his plays.  One of his sources for the witches in MacBeth was almost certainly Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft, published in 1584.  In his book, Scot refuted many of the common notions regarding witches and their powers; nevertheless, the book created a basic outline for the typical witch, including physical descriptions and abilities.  The witches in MacBeth are representations of those described in Scot's book.  In the play, Shakespeare describes authentic witches in their physical appearance and behavior and MacBeth's character is made more villainous through his association...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Macbeth Witches - The Macbeth Witches In the first scene in act one we can see that the witches have some kind of psychic ability from when they predict that Macbeth will win the battle. The witches appear to be having some sport of shared vision. We can tell this from the second quotation- “When the hurlyburly’s done. When the battle’s lost and won.” The witches clearly know that King Duncan’s side will win the battle. They also know when they will meet with Macbeth- “There to meet with Macbeth.” This addresses the theme of witchcraft and is Shakespeare’s way of letting the audience know that the witches have powers....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 834 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches and Macbeth - The Witches and Macbeth       The belief in the existence and power of witches was widely believed in Shakespeare's day, as demonstrated by the European witch craze, during which an estimated nine million women were put to death for being perceived as witches (The Burning Times). The practice of witchcraft was seen to subvert the established order of religion and society, and hence was not tolerated. Witch hunting was a respectable, moral, and highly intellectual pursuit through much of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries (Best )....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Witches' Evil Influence in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Audiences today enjoy both horror movies and books, content that such experiences belong to the realm of entertainment. Macbeth’s contemporary audience, however, watched the play against a context of Renaissance beliefs about the paranormal and the divine. No wonder then that these audiences’ reactions to the witches are so contrasting. Shakespeare portrays the witches in what seems to a 21st century audience a stereotypical way. There are many things that come to mind when we hear the word witches: Halloween, the Devil, magic, potions, death, broomsticks and the clothes they wear which includes cloaks and pointed hats....   [tags: Macbeth Essays] 1530 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches' Role - In Shakespeare's time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Mac Beth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Mac Beth would be king, they did not specify how their prophecies would be realized....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1125 words
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“Double, Double, Toil and Trouble”: The Real Trouble in Macbeth - The Weird Sisters of Macbeth are controlling and manipulative; more so than it might seem. They are agents of evil and frequently associate with evil spirits, along with worshiping the malignant goddess of witchcraft, Hecate. The play Macbeth focuses on the demise of a once noble Scottish Thane named Macbeth through the power of chaos. The evil that continually plagues Macbeth throughout William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is ultimately caused by the influence of the three Weird Sisters through witchcraft, prophecy, and unseen influence, revealing that humans faced with forces beyond their control will ultimately descend into a state of chaos....   [tags: macbeth, shakespeare, witches, ]
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Three Witches - Macbeth: The Three Witches William Shakespeare has been by far the world's most popular playwright for more than 350 years. His ingenious ability as a playwright has captivated audiences and will captivate audiences for years to come. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. The specific date of his birth is not known but is celebrated on the feast of St. George, April 23. Little is known about his boyhood, but through examination it is thought that he collected a lot of his information from books and from daily observation of the world around him....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 938 words
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Importantce Of The Witches In Macbeth - The weird sisters played a crucial part in the continuation of “Macbeth”. They pour half-truths into his willing ear, telling him only what he wants to know. Once Macbeth’s mind was completely lost, they delved even deeper, and took total control. Macbeth was merely a puppet to them; something that they could control that would only affect his life. Even though the witches were unable to directly affect his decisions, they were able to guide him to do their bidding simply by playing to his one weakness: ambition....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 824 words
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Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - ... iii. 48). This indicates that Macbeth is a great warrior and is an important figure of Scottish nobility. As predicted by the witches “All hail, Macbeth. hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!...shalt be king hereafter!” he will soon take reign as the Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland (I. iii. 49-50). If the witches had never told him that, Macbeth would still be ordinary self. As a result of the prophecies, Macbeth’s honorable nature seemed to fade. The enormous amount of influence of Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, also contributed to Macbeth’s degeneration character....   [tags: degeneration, blind ambition] 733 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Purpose of the Witches - The Purpose of the Witches in Macbeth     One purpose for having the witches in Shakespeare's play,  Macbeth, is to make a comparison between Macbeth's conscious world and Macbeth's unconscious, dream world. In this essay, I will touch upon Sigmund Freud's theories of dreams and the unconscious, and consider the nature of the witches and their relationship with Macbeth. I will also explore the relationship between witches and society, and conclude the essay by considering other roles of the witches in the play....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays] 939 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Role of the Witches - The Role of the Witches in Macbeth   When Shakespeare wrote his play, Macbeth in 1606 a large majority of people were interested in witchcraft. This is why Shakespeare made the witches and the witches’ prophecies play a major part in the storyline of the play. In the time of Macbeth witches were not thought to be supernatural beings themselves, but supposedly gained their powers by selling their souls to Satan. There can be little doubt that most of Shakespeare’s audience would have believed in witches, and for the purpose of the play, at least, Shakespeare also accepted their reality....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays]
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The Power of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Power of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth   The tragedy of Macbeth comes about because of a single event in his life. If that one moment, the meeting with the witches on the heath, had not happened then Macbeth would no doubt have gone on to be a loyal and respected subject of King Duncan and, later, King Malcolm. However, the meeting did happen and the powerful force of ambition was unleashed within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It is the combination of these two factors, the meeting with the witches and Macbeth's own inner demons, that lead to tragedy, and make the play 'terrifying' in the Aristotelian sense....   [tags: Macbeth essays Shakespeare Witchcraft]
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The Effects of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth - ... In this case however, the outside influence from convincing characters like the witches he is inclined to view this as he has to fulfill his destiny. Because of his ambition and the influence of his wife and the witches prophecies Macbeth’s actions lead to his downfall. Through this it is clear to see how much the witches evil actions influenced macbeth and his decisions. “Hail Thane of Glamis and of Cawdor and shalt be King hereafter”. The witches gave this prophecy and was taken by Macbeth without question or moral judgement....   [tags: evil, prophecy, guilt]
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches as Heroines - The Witches as the Heroines of Macbeth Traditionally, the witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth have been treated as symbolic manifestations of the potential for evil. Many students and critics of Macbeth enjoy blaming the witches, along with Lady Macbeth, for Macbeth's downfall. Regardless, it may be argued that the witches are the heroines of the play. One eminent modern literary critic, Terry Eagleton, has addressed the issue of the witches as heroines directly: To any unprejudiced reader--which would seem to exclude Shakespeare himself, his contemporary audiences and almost all literary critics--it is surely clear that positive value in Macbeth lies with the three witches....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 863 words
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The Importance of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth - There is no doubt that the witches predictions and apparitions in the tragedy by William Shakespeare, "Macbeth" does not just play a significant role - in fact, at first glance, witches determine the development of the plot. There are three apparitions that the witches use trick Macbeth and drive the plot. However, the meaning of the prophecies in the tragedy is much more serious than it appears at a superficial glance with the work of the writer. But before proceeding to the analysis and prediction of their impact on the course of events, attention should be paid to the images of the witches, who predict Macbeth becoming king....   [tags: prophecy, tragedy, death]
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches and Lady Macbeth - Influence of the Witches and Lady Macbeth The last person you would expect to encourage you to commit a crime would be your wife. Macbeth is motivated by his wife and by three Witches and gradually becomes more ruthless, evil, and murderous as the play progresses. Lady Macbeth is first introduced in Act1 Scene 5: reading a letter receives from Macbeth describing the encounter with the Witches, and the prophecies which they given him. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious; believes that Macbeth is too kind and loyal to take the steps needed to become king....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 570 words
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The Triumph of the Witches in MacBeth by William Shakespeare - The Triumph of the Witches in MacBeth by William Shakespeare There are many different characters in MacBeth trying to accomplish different things for themselves. However, in my opinion, the only characters who really profited from and got what they wanted out of the whole situation were the witches. They are the ones who basically caused the majority of the problems in MacBeth and I think that they knew what was going to happen the entire time. Even though it may look as though they gained nothing from everyone else's misfortune they actually succeeded in making MacBeth do evil deeds and winning him over to their side....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays] 293 words
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Macbeth - The Importance Of The Witches - The witches in Macbeth are very important in the plot and develop certain aspects of the play. They make greater the theatrical experience with images of darkness, thunder and lightning that make Macbeth the tragedy it is. Their actions also add to the play, dancing round the cauldron and chanting ‘Double, double…’. Their appearance as ‘dark hags’ adds mystery to the play. The witches also add a sense of evil and of the supernatural. Their chanting, ‘Double, double, toil and trouble: Fire burn and cauldron bubble’ is rhythmic and has an almost hypnotic quality to it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1056 words
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evilmac Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Evil Witches - Macbeth’s Evil Witches The witches are seen as being evil. This is because at the time, witches were accepted as being real and evil. Shown in the play because the first scene is thunder and lightning, which is associated with terrible happenings and things so suggests witches are terrible things. They speak in rhymes and use many equivocal terms e.g. ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’. This suggests reversal and unbalance, which leads to chaos and disorder in Macbeth’s life. This is suggested because they immediately mention Macbeth so he is already associated with the witches and seen as being evil....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays] 815 words
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The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth - The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth MacBeth by William Shakespeare is a play which shows the uprise of MacBeth, the treachery and his eventual downfall. Witchcraft plays a major part in MacBeth's actions and his weak character is easily manipulated. Although being an honest and brave man earlier, his ambition clouds his judgement. His life is tragic and through some terrible deeds ends in catastrophe. MacBeth is Thane of Glamis and a highly honorable and respected man....   [tags: Shakespeare MacBeth] 699 words
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The Role of Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Role of Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth In Macbeth the witches make a huge contribution to the play and the way it comes across to an audience. The witches portray many themes in Macbeth, such as the theme of fate, and the way that they are supposed to have the power of changing someone's fate, and the way they can control people using their power. The witches also depict a theme of pure evil, and the way they treat others in the play shows this. Religion also is a big theme in Macbeth, references to the trinity, whether it is the unholy, or the holy trinity....   [tags: Papers Macbeth Shakespeare Witch Essays] 1871 words
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The Role of the Witches in Macbeth - 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....   [tags: Papers] 1002 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation of Witches in Macbeth - Shakespeare's Presentation of Witches in Macbeth When Shakespeare was writing plays in the 17TH Century many people had strong beliefs in witches and other supernatural creatures. The play Macbeth is written for King James, he employed Macbeth to write plays and other forms of entertainment for him. Seeing that supernatural beings and witches were very relevant and to the fore in the 17th Century, Shakespeare's Macbeth would have interested King James and other audiences. Shakespeare includes the witches, as they are known to be a physical embodiment of evil in the play and around this period of time....   [tags: Papers] 1132 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation of the Witches in Macbeth - Shakespeare's Presentation of the Witches in Macbeth The witches are a physical embodiment of evil in the play Macbeth. Like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, they represent temptation. The world of the witches is terrifying and their language full of spitefulness, violent and grisly references to mutilation. Banquo senses that they are evil and he is very mistrustful of them. Macbeth is tempted by their predictions, because they perhaps echo his own thoughts. The witches never tell lies but, because they speak in puzzling riddles, it is possible for Macbeth to hear only what he wants to hear....   [tags: Papers] 880 words
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The Three Witches in Shakespeare´s Macbeth - 'Fair is foul and foul fair' (1.1.?) This quote spoken by the three witches in the beginning of the story set the theme of the play. There are no rules, no moral guidelines. Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play in which the good turn evil. This archetypal transformation from the young, idealistic, promising character to a dark, evil one is apparent in hundreds of plays, novels, and stories throughout history. In this story, the events which begin Macbeth's downfall aren't actions, but words....   [tags: mystriousness, prophetic, manipulative] 972 words
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The Role of Witches in Macbeth - The Role of Witches in Macbeth In ‘Macbeth’ the witches have to be portrayed as evil and fearsome for the play to make sense. This is difficult for a modern director to achieve as out culture and beliefs are extremely different from those at the time at which Macbeth was written. The intended effect of the witches is to scare the audience into believing them. To strengthen this belief one witch in the play says: ‘Though has bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-toss’d.’ In Shakespeare time people were very conscious about the practice of witchcraft....   [tags: Papers] 934 words
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Roles of the Witches in Macbeth - The Roles of the Witches in the Play Macbeth In this essay I will look at the role of the three witches and the influence they have on many of the central characters within Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. I will begin by outlining how the audience would have viewed the appearance of the witches on stage, and move on to show how Shakespeare used language to make them into a mystical yet strong presence. In Jacobean England, when Macbeth was first staged, the audience would have had a very strong opinion about supernatural creatures and anything magical....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 785 words
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The Presentation of Witches in Macbeth - The Presentation of Witches in Macbeth In the opening scene of the 1978 stage version of Macbeth the first impressions we get of the witches are that they look strange as well as intimidating because of their facial expressions. The director has used stage lights to focus on the three witches, by doing this the effect is has is that it makes the witches look powerful and in control. The director has also produced a stereotypical view of witches as they are dressed in black and are chanting and cackling....   [tags: Papers] 1692 words
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Macbeth's Susceptibility to Wife and Witches - MACBETH "Macbeth" is one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. The title character is a tragic figure who is easily misled and often misunderstood. Macbeth is a complex character who shows us countless aspects of his personality throughout the play, as he transforms from an ambitious and noble man to a blood thirsty and merciless maniac. We can still sympathise with Macbeth after all the dreadful crimes that he commits because we see in full detail his susceptibility to his wife's ruthless ambitions and the superstitious predictions of the witches....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1522 words
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Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare People that lived during the Elizabethan period were very superstitious. They feared the power of witches the most. The hate stemmed mostly from the ". . . supposed satanic beliefs of the witches and their heretical partnership with the Devil" (Papp and Kirkland 43). Others thought of witches only when something of value had been damaged. They automatically assumed that a witch or one of her familiars must have done it, and "the one thing everyone [knew] about witches [was] that they were women" (Briggs 259)....   [tags: Papers] 1767 words
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The Three Witches in Macbeth - 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....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 986 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Power of the Witches - The Power of the Witches in Macbeth      Myths and religions often include divine or devilish beings with incredible powers. William Shakespeare incorporated witches with bizarre powers in his play, Macbeth. These witches possessed devilish powers to set the course of events in the plot and added to the flavor of the story. The witches' powers included omnientness, vision and apparition creation, and the ability to set the conditions for disaster, and the utilization of these abilities sets the movement of the play....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches and Lady Macbeth Hold the Blame - The Witches and Lady Macbeth Cause the Downfall of Macbeth       William Shakespeare's tragic play, Macbeth shows the gradual descent of the character Macbeth into the moral abyss.   Macbeth's yearning for power draws him to the murder of King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's family. It is difficult to understand how a courageous, gentle man such as Macbeth, could be involved in such villainous activities. In truth, it was the witches and Lady Macbeth that transformed into evil Macbeth's natural desire for control and authority.  The play, Macbeth clearly illustrates that wicked intention must, in the end, produce wicked action.    Shakespeare focuses on Macbeth's courage early in the...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Witches: The Catalyst of Doom in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches: The Catalyst of Doom Powerful in nature and curious to the eye, the witches in Macbeth were hooks of fascination. One never knew what would come next when it came to the witches. They possessed a dark authority and supremacy unlike any other and the temptation to ignore them was unfeasible. They brought with them gloomy days and evil thoughts. The witches could draw you in and begin to almost play with your mind if you let them. This is what ultimately led to the down fall of Macbeth. Collectively, the witches in Macbeth acted as a catalyst for all of Macbeth’s actions....   [tags: murder, prophecy, fate]
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The Effect of the Witches on the Atmosphere in Macbeth - The Effect of the Witches on the Atmosphere in Macbeth The play is based loosely on fact but more importantly it is set in a violent time when the succession to the throne was not guaranteed. Shakespeare wrote ‘Macbeth’ very soon after the Gunpowder Plot was discovered. In 1605, of a group Catholic gentlemen tried to kill the king James 1st by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. The play was first performed in front of James I between 1605 or 1606 and the audience would have been aware of the recent events....   [tags: Papers] 742 words
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Evil of the Witches and Lady Macbeth - Evil of the Witches and Lady Macbeth   In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth has many motivators and influences causing him to do evil deeds. Lady Macbeth is the main one. She pressures Macbeth to kill king Duncan. Also, there are the three witches, who give Macbeth prophecies that manipulate him in which disaster strikes at the end of the play. Macbeth’s character changes through the course of the play. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a kind, loyal, hero, and at the end he becomes an evil tyrant....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 457 words
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The Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth I am illustrating my answer by outlining how I would produce a play, concentrating on the witches' scenes. Setting ------- I would set my production of Macbeth in the time that it was written as, because in this age people strongly believed in witchcraft, I feel that the play would make more sense and mean a lot more. An important point to realise is that in Shakespeare's time witchcraft was a substantial issue, people believed in it and it was a serious offence to be a witch and old women with pets or living on their own where prime suspects....   [tags: Papers] 936 words
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Witches Effect in Macbeth - Topic: How important are the witches to Macbeth. Discuss the effects of the witches on character, plot, themes and audience. In the play of 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare the witches have an important effect on Macbeth, the characters, the plot, the theme and the audience. They help construct the play and without them it would have been a totally different story line. The three weird sisters influence Macbeth in his acts, they effect characters lives, orientate the plot, they are related to most of the themes and appeal the audience's attention....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1144 words
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The Witches In Macbeth, The Source Of A Terrible Tragedy - In reading Shakespeare’s well-known play, Macbeth, one will always notice the many influences that Macbeth encounters before his downfall. Each one of these may have had some bit of impact on the final outcome. The three most controversial and popular causes of the tragedy of Macbeth are the main character’s ambition, the witches’ fateful prophecies, and Lady Macbeth’s dominance. Each one of these can be argued as the main source of influence on Macbeth for muderdering so many people. Some people would argue that the main source causing this tragedy was his wife, Lady Macbeth....   [tags: essays research papers] 1825 words
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The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare some time between 1603 and 1606 and is set in Scotland around 1040. The time it was written coincides with the reign of King James the First of England. King James showed a great interest in witches and powers of the supernatural and Macbeth was arguably written to impress the king in what were violent times. Shakespeare used witches as pivotal characters to create a catalyst for the action that was included in the play....   [tags: Papers] 1118 words
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Roman Polanski's Interpretation of the Witches in Macbeth - Roman Polanski's Interpretation of the Witches in Macbeth When comparing Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth with the original text written by William Shakespeare we can see that his work is in keeping with Shakespeare's to a an extent however Polanski adds innovations to show of the more natural side of the witches which is more realistic to the modern audience. Although William Shakespeare wrote the play circa 1603 (for king James) the play is set in the Dark Age Scotland....   [tags: Papers] 1728 words
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches or Weird Sisters play a major role in the brilliant tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The role of the Weird Sisters represents that equivocal evil in the nature of things which helps to deceive the human will. They are not mere witches although they have some of the powers of witches. Even though they were produced by nature, they share with angels a freedom from limitation of space and time, a power to perceive the causes of things, and to see some distance into human minds (Kermode 1309)....   [tags: Shakespeare Witches Macbeth Essays] 1883 words
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The Role of Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - The Role of Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare The witches present modern directors with great difficulties. Consider the role of the witches and suggest how they can be made as successful for a modern audience as they would have been for a contemporary audience. In Shakespeare’s day, the thought of the witches scared people as they thought that they had witches living among them, casting spells on them and trying to do them harm. This fear was fuelled by the King at the time, James I, who believed strongly in the Divine right of Kings....   [tags: Papers] 1000 words
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Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth The main part of the play involves 3 witches, who are important as they deliver dramatic, significance to the play which creates the atmosphere, which Shakespeare wanted, for the public. The witches have this dramatic part in the play because during Elizabethan times people believed in witches. They were part of life: people were scared of them because they believed that witches could communicate with the dead. They even believed some witches could see into the future....   [tags: Papers] 774 words
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