"... a very definition of the weird sisters - calling on them to unsex her to cram her with cruelty from top to toe..." (Bloom 29). This quote illustrates the connection between Lady Macbeth and the witches, showing us that they both participated in Macbeth's moral decline. Shakespeare, it seems, utilizes the symbol of the witches to portray the basic evil inherent in Lady Macbeth. One could not have worked without the other. If it were only the witches' prophecies, then Macbeth would surely not have murdered Duncan.
This says that every battle is lost by one side and won by another and so Macbeth's fate is that he will win the battle, but will lose his time of victory for the battle of his soul. This proves that the witches knew about what was going to happen as what the witch says occurs later in the play. The prophecies that are revealed by the witches bring a broad temptation to Macbeth, "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical" (Act 1 Scene 3). This shows that Macbeth ambition is present before the prophecies. He would never have thought seriously about killing Duncan without the witches.
When Macbeth the main character is introduced he is said to be “brave” and a “noble” solider, however by the end of the play he is greedy bloodthirsty who betrayed his king. I believe that the murder was brought about by ambition because it is lady Macbeths and Macbeths ambitions that go so far that they kill Duncan, Macbeth seeks power, whereas Banquo who was with Macbeth when they meet the witches, doesn’t think about what the have said. Lady Macbeth wants to become Queen. The other factors could be the witches, Fate Macbeth, L. Macbeth and Duncan. The witches appear at the start of the play, this would have been dramatically very effective because in this period most people were scared of witches and believed what they said.
They planned to meet Macbeth "when the battle's lost and won, upon the heath" as stated by the second witch. This scene doesn't actually reveal the witches' plans for Macbeth but it gives us an insight that their plans were evil. When the witches encountered Macbeth in Act1 Scene3, the proclaimed Him "Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor" and also predicted that he shall be king afterwards "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter". Although Macbeth is a nobl... ... middle of paper ... ...rn as you have done to this", this illustrates how belligerent she is and how badly she wants to become queen. This image is actually effective as She finally succeeds in convincing Macbeth into killing King Duncan.
Then when Macbeth killed King Duncan the Chain of Being collapsed because in the world the highest point in the hierarchy was the king and above the king was the god. No one was supposed to kill the king but when Macbeth killed King Duncan, he was committed an evil act and was going to pay for it. When William Shakespeare implemented the witches he gave the witches important role in the play, unlike what their role was during the seventeenth century. They did not have any specific role, but people were scared of them because of them being evil being and they were getting killed. King James I was interested in the witches so Macbeth implemented and made the story more interesting by putting in witches in the play.
James I was personally terrified yet fascinated by witches after an attempt on his life by Agnes Sampson, a convicted witch. This led to the practice of witchcraft becoming punishable by death. A theme of such forbidden ideas, shrouded in the mystery of the supernatural would surely have horrified those watching the play yet left them intrigued. The witches embody a malign and demonic intelligence. They utilise this to guide the main themes and characters within the play, notably by their reversal of nature when chanting 'Fair is foul and foul is fair'.
The three witches are introduced at the beginning of the play; they give Macbeth three prophecies, that he will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. The witches can foretell the future; they add temptation and influence Macbeth but they cannot control his destiny. The witches themselves have no particular goal to reach. When it comes to Macbeth they are just having fun. As Hecate argues, all they achieve is: 'How did you dare/ To trade and traffic with Macbeth/ In riddles and affairs of death' The language used here by Hecate is dark and unpleasant, and the way 'death' is used, implies that the witches could have known that their interference would lead to the death of characters.
Lady Macbeth created her own monster. Lady Macbeth’s plan made Macbeth commit an act that is out of his character. Therefore, Lady Macbeth made Macbeth feel as though he had an extreme amount of power. However, the Wayard witches are also at fault for Macbeth’s tragic flaw. The three apparitions towards the end of the play is a prime example of how the witches contributed to Macbeth’s self downfall.
They meet in foul weather and talk of "thunder, lightning" and "the fog and filthy air", giving the audience a first impression that Macbeth is a dark, dangerous play in which the theme of evil is central. Only once in the play are the three weird sisters called 'witches', instead they are called "old hags" and "elemental forces". Shakespeare describes the witches in this way to make them sound more evil so that the audience would dislike them more. Shakespeare used the witches and supernatural influences to present evil scenes and events. As witches were hated at the time that Shakespeare wrote the play, he used the witc... ... middle of paper ... ...h after Guy Fawks' attempt to kill King James I in 1605.
The purpose of the charm is to implant in him the seed of evil and wrongdoing. Macbeth is originally shown as a loyal, slightly violent Scottish Thane. This initial observation is contradicted later on when Macbeth’s head is filled with visions of murdering his beloved king, a thought which he profoundly dismisses as horrible and frightening. Act 1 scene 3 where the witches are talking amongst themselves thoroughly “enumerates the miseries [the Weird Sister] will unleash upon [Macbeth]…” (Spencer 1). The witches cast another powerful spell later on when Macbeth is about to visit them for a second time.