Evil In Women and Its Effect on Macbeth "...My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not." (1.3.140-143). Throughout Shakespeare's play, we see that Macbeth is the victim of evil seduction by women. In the above quote the evil is perpetrated by the witches. Lady Macbeth also plays a strong role in his moral corruption.
Ana Patricia Sánchez Calvo Lady Macbeth's Ironical Fate Evil is a deceiving force. It can help you reach your goals but evil's gains are always bitter and two-faced. In Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, the character of Lady Macbeth chooses the path of evil to fulfill her unscrupulous ambition; nevertheless, all that evil brings to her is madness and restlessness. Evil is a powerful force throughout the play; it influences the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, to commit heinous crimes in order to achieve power. The idea of evil is presented even at the beginning of the play, since the play starts with witches.
Shakespeare begins the play with the witches for several reasons. First, the fact that they are witches portrays many evil themes since witches are a universal symbol for an advocate of the devil. They themselves foreshadow malign events to come. For example, to add to the witches’ representation of evil, the clichéd background is that of thunder and lightening, which also represents wickedness and confusion. Shakespeare also uses the witches to give some background to the play; they decide to meet with Macbeth “when the battle’s lost and won”.
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'.
They are more than just “secret, black, and midnight hags” (4.1.48). They are a direct representation of the evil within Macbeth soul. Without the witches in the play, Macbeth would more than likely have been a respectable thane whom would’ve worked his way up the ladder to eventually become king, but the weird sisters spoiled that plan from the beginning. They got into Macbeth’s mind and brought out the worst of him. The way that they foretold the glories of the future before they occurred caused Macbeth to become selfish and greedy.
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. The three witches of Macbeth chant spells and cast charms recurrently in order to bewitch Macbeth so that he will throw the world into chaos.
Power in Macbeth The truth of the cause of Macbeth’s fate, his doom, and his unavoidable misery lies within the evilness of the supernatural beings in the play. In Macbeth, written by none other than William Shakespeare, Macbeth struggles with his internal greedy demons which constantly desire more power. These thoughts can be traced back to the evil witches, who love to play around with people’s lives. The witches in the play say, “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear / His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear. / And you all know, security / Is mortals ' chiefest enemy (III.v.30-33).” The witches desire ill will for Macbeth, and strive on seeing him struggle with his greedy internal demons.
The witches true intention is best revealed in Hecate’s orders, “And that distilled by magic sleights shall raise such artificial sprites as by the strength of their illusion shall draw him on to his confusion'; (III, 5, 26-29). Macbeth’s biggest misfortune is encountering the witches, and an even bigger mistake is to revisit them. The cunning scheme of the wicked women successfully leads Macbeth to evil and confuses him enough for him to lose command of his actions. Even away from the witches, Macbeth still cannot escape their evil influence. By using hallucination, haunting spirits, and ghostly images, they over-power his ability to make right judgments.
The witches have short lines, which are written in rhyme making their words seem like a chant. The language of the witches displays their hatred of all things good, their rhyming couplets contradict each other and emphasises the witches evil: Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. This quotation is a warning and hint to the audience that things are ... ... middle of paper ... ...iscussed the most relevant points, I have come to the conclusion that the most important portrayal of evil has to be the three witches. I believe they create the first step onto Macbeth's road of destruction. There is a strong contrast on Macbeth's character before and after he meets the witches.
It is Banquo who first responds to the prophecy of the witches because Macbeth is so deep in thought ‘My noble partner/You greet with present grace and great prediction/Of noble having and of royal hope/That he seems rapt withal.’, so it seems that the witches initiate Macbeth’s inner conflict and ambition for power as he struggles between good and evil. The witches are shown to be evil from the very start “Fair is foul and foul is fair/ hover through the fog and filthy air.” The witches share the powers of fate as they can predict Macbeth and Banquo’s futures. The Witches are very significant in the time in which the play was written because the king at the time was James I, who strongly believed in witchcraft. So much so that he wrote a book on the subject called Demonologie. Once Duncan pronounces Macbeth with the title of Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth starts to really believe that the witch’s prophecy might indeed come true.