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. They witches have tricked Macbeth. I don’t think that Macbeth realises this danger: ‘Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?’ The witches trick and tempt Macbeth by advising him to ‘seek no more’ on whether Banquo’s descendants will be kings. This only serves to command the witches to show him. The witches do with relish, to ‘grieve his [Macbeth’s] heart’ This makes Macbeth determined to alter fate.
Lady Macbeth as the Real Driving Force Behind the Murder of King Duncan Even though Macbeth is actually the murderer of King Duncan, It appears that he commits this murder reluctantly and should not be blamed for the murder or bear the full responsibility of the murder. The three witches and Lady Macbeth actually played significant roles in cajoling Macbeth into committing the murder and could be argued that Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of King Duncan. Witchcraft was a strong influence in Shakespeare's time. People believed in the power of witches and their powers were widely recognised by everyone. The play Macbeth was written as a play for King James Î™, who was actually interested in witchcraft and actually wrote a book about witchcraft, this point's out that witches were taken seriously during His epoch and that many people believed in it.
At the beginning of their conversation, the third witch says, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (I. iii. 53), and turns the idea of Macbeth becoming the king into a reality for him. The witches’ prophecies easily manipulate Macbeth and even lead him to see Banquo as a threat to his reign. The First and Second Witch tell Macbeth and Banquo, “lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier” (I. iii.
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.
In Act 1 Scene 7 Lady Macbeth also claims that they will not fail, but ironicallyshe is not as strong as she first apears and shows her first signs of weakness when she says she would hav killed Duncan herself if she did not look like her father. Lady Macbeth is also ruthless as shown in the scene where she recieves a letter from Macbeth. Overall I think that without the witches Macbeth would not have gone to the lengths he did, and would not have acted in the smae way. With the witches, they strengthened Macbeth's evil nature and the importance of loyalty and order in the kingdom.
The witches decide what happens the whole way through the play, and they are responsible for the storyline in its entirety. The witches, throughout the play, cause characters to have many different reactions, some good, others leading to acts of evil. When Macbeth was written in the 17th Century it was directed at a 17th Century audience. Nowadays the play is still relevant in many people's lives, showing us that we should value life and not seek material goods. It is important that we know the witches were not the only form of supernaturalism, Banqos' ghost a prime example.
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.
We no that Macbeth needs a lot of persuading by lady Macbeth to kill king Duncan but the three witches also took a part in it because if it was not for them he would have never told lady Macbeth about it. Lady Macbeth called Macbeth a coward which was an insult because Macbeth was a brave warrior, and also told him that he was too full of the mi... ... middle of paper ... ...u can picture in your head what the characters looks like by there use of language that Shakespeare wrote. The play Macbeth is affective because the language ‘Shakespearian’ says things in shorter form like ‘seat’ – Pleasant location nice setting. Macbeth’s character was hard to understand to start with because it didn’t introduce him well. His first line in the play ‘so foul and fair a day I have not seen’, by this he means I have never seen a day that is so disgustingly filthy and beautiful, then Banquo says: How far is it to the town of forres?
When the play was written in 1600, people in those days believed in things like the witches and they also believed thought that the power and knowledge of the future came from the devil. All this shows why the witches influence Macbeth throughout the play and why are part of Macbeth's struggle between good and evil. The witches start of by giving the audience a clue to what the future holds for Macbeth. "When the battles lost and won," (Act 1, Scene 1) is said by the second witch. 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.
Macbeth: The Weird Sisters In Elizabethan times, witches were a natural part of life. Macbeth witnessed this, as seen in the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The evil forces that the weird sisters, who were witches, possessed, put Macbeth's mind in another direction. This direction was the beginning of his moral downfall and the destruction of his destiny. The weird sisters warned Macbeth of this in the three apparitions but he continued living his life without realizing that they were speaking of him.