In line 45, the witches, when they hear Macbeth knocking, say ‘Something wicked this way comes’. This is ironic as the witches, who are evil are calling Macbeth evil. This shows that Macbeth is the most evil character in the play. In line fifty and onwards, Macbeth is... ... middle of paper ... ... he is so insecure. The witches do reassure him with the information that ‘none of woman birth shall harm Macbeth’ but this is not as straightforward as Macbeth thinks because of Macduff’s Caesarean Section.
He senses mischief and misdirection in their tendency. He feels that there is a ulterior motive behind their what they are saying : " And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us honest tr... ... middle of paper ... ...and Macbeth, and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both meet their death. The greater part of the evil show in the women characters. Without the three witches and Lady Macbeth, the occasions would not have happened the way that they did. They are the most important main thrusts behind all the movement actually when they are not on the stage.
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.
Macbeth seems to be under the witches spell. The witches only appear once but there words stay in his thoughts. Where as Banquo knows that the witches are evil and often seduce us with small rewards in order to cause our destruction, “to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles.” To conclude, Shakespeare opens the play with the witches to frighten, confuse and unsettle the audience, he also wanted to make a dramatic impact in the theatre. Furthermore, he wants to introduce the main themes of the play: Fate, Destiny, Illusion and Reality. Although the witches are only on stage for a short time they exert a powerful influence throughout the rest of 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'.
Will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?” The witches pretend to be puzzled by Macbeth’s surprise and horror. In Macbeth, the supernatural have many influences on the atmosphere, events and characters. The supernatural was an ongoing theme in Macbeth, mainly in the form of the three witches and there apparitions. The three witches influence the type of language a character uses, and can easily change a character’s state of mind. The witches always meet each other in the most miserable of atmospheres, in a desolate place and when there is thunder.
Shakespeare contrasts wickedness with innocence to make the brutality of the play appear worse. It is clear from the start of the play that the witches are important, in just the first scene before they say anything the atmosphere is already set as evil. They meet on a moor in thunder and lightning, which grabs the audience's attention. These surroundings portray evil; the moor is lonely, barren and bleak, whilst thunder and lightning assist in creating a supernatural image to place the witches. The witches have short lines, which are written in rhyme making their words seem like a chant.
The witches in this play in terms of ghosts are concerned, we see they are not human or half ways normal when baquo quotes to Macbeth that are not human like as well as irregular in some sort and very unattractive. This leaves a feeling of darkness for example the sky is black and the grass is gray instead of green the branches on the tress are short and rotting. The witches were Macbeth’s fortune tellers but they lead him a bad life In the end. Ghosts and apparitions not only drove Macbeth to his grave but also gave him up. When he kills Duncan there is a sense of real guilt.
The Importance of the Theme of the Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth The supernatural in Elizabethan times was seen as a very real threat to society. The public thought that there were such things as witches who could perform acts of the supernatural such as turning humans into animals and causing changes in the weather. Any mention of the supernatural in these times scared the public and many people, mainly women, were executed on the thought that they were witches. In the beginning of the play, as the 3 witches meet, they suggest another time. "When shall we three meet again?
He not only troubled his own household, but also consequently put his life into a surreal amount of danger. Macbeth essentially had a choice between life and death. As claimed by Kenneth Muir, “ the opposition between the good and evil supernatural is paralleled by similar contrasts between angel and devil, heaven and hell ” (258). The evil supernatural witches in Macbeth not only hinder Macbeth but they also keep him from what he truly deserves. Macbeth is faced with a lot of different choices during the play, choices that can make or break his destiny.