The witches do with relish, to ‘grieve his [Macbeth’s] heart’ This makes Macbeth determined to alter fate. When the witches went, Lenox tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England. As the witches have tricked him, Macbeth does not fear from Macduff and so he damns himself further by plots the murder of Macduff’s family. These tricks by the witches move the plot on and show how important the witches are in the play. As the witches said before Macbeth entered, ‘The charm is firm and good.’ and Macbeth’s fate is sealed.
As a result of this theme lots of chaos, lies, secrets and total disorder are caused. The three Witches introduce the theme of 'Fair is Foul' in Macbeth and are the first characters seen in the play: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair". Their words seem to contradict each other, presenting the idea of illusion versus reality in the play. The fact that the Witches are in the first scene of Macbeth confirms that they are important characters and main devices of evil. 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.
Act 1 Scene 3, there is thunder when the witches meet again. The idea of them being evil is reinforced because in this scene because they are cursing a sailor. This suggests that Macbeth will also face a similar type of treatment. The mystery of the witches is increased in this scene because they know Macbeth is coming when the third witch tells the other two, ‘Macbeth doth come.’ This raises the question of how they knew he was coming and reinforces the link between Macbeth and the witches, which suggests to the audience that Macbeth is evil from the beginning of the play. This link is further reinforced when Macbeth’s first line using the same equivocal as the witches, ‘So foul and fair a day I have not seen’.
The witches cast another powerful spell later on when Macbeth is about to visit them for a second time. They include many putrid ingredien... ... middle of paper ... ... of outside influence on humans through the Weird Sisters. The three witches have malicious intentions and fully employ their prophetic powers and witchcraft to tip the universe into chaos by exploiting Macbeth. Their ability to influence the characters of Macbeth indirectly also plays a role in how they achieve their purpose. Ultimately, it is perceived that humans are unable to endure the forces they cannot control, and will eventually be driven to a state of chaos.
From the outset of this play, when three witches appear on stage, the contemporary audiences would have anticipated a plot that demonstrated just how evil such creatures could be. In Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare introduces the witches immediately and this sets the tone for the rest of the play, it sets a mood of evil and supernatural influences. In this scene the witches meet close to the battlefield, this associates them with destruction and death. The first impressions we get from this scene is that there is aggressive weather which reflects their tendencies and their presence causes chaos in nature, also darkness links the witches with evil, two thirds of the play is set in the darkness. An absence of light suggests an absence of God and he is associated with light and goodness.
Influence of Supernatural on William Shakespeare's Macbeth During Shakespeare's time people were frightened of witches as they were associated with evil. Many people were accuse of being witches and automatically burnt at the stake. Some of these people were old, deformed in some or people who were living alone, therefore considered as abnormal and a threat to society. Witchcraft was taken very seriously which probably made this play extremely interesting for people in Shakespeare times as it also settled peoples views of witches at the time. Shakespeare has chosen to open the play with the witches on a moor in thunder and lightening.
The video is in black and white, and even this creates an effect of the opening scene being spooky. The director has presented the witches in a stereotypical way as they are dressed in long... ... middle of paper ... ... showed the witches doing the things they had done in the play, which was disappearing, making predictions and essentially leading people onto the path of evil, people would’ve believed that the witches were capable of doing these things. By showing all this in the play, it only confirmed people’s thoughts about witches. It also made the play more affective as people would’ve only turned around and said something like, ‘Well, it was all down to those witches, no surprise there.’ People ‘knew’ that witches existed and to put them in the play and give them such a role would’ve got people interested in the play as it was shocking to see them disappear in the air etc. It would’ve brought many people to see the play as it would’ve been telling people that their thoughts and suspicions about witches was right all along.
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. The appearance and abilities of witches and witchcraft are motifs in Jacobean society and in Macbeth. In Jacobean society, a witch’s appearance were described as old, wrinkled, lean and deformed.
Never shake thy gory locks at me” (3.4.51-52). The horrible consequences of Macbeth’s reaction to the witches play into the witches’ desires to toy with and destroy human beings, and the prophecies set the stage for corruption. As a result of Duncan’s death, Macbeth began to initiate more unnatural deeds that lead to his eventual downfall. In Macbeth’s reaction to the prophecy, he says, “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step.
This conveys a very dramatic atmosphere. Shakespeare also puts the witches at the forefront of the play to show how malicious, spiteful and vengeful they are, this is also repeated in scene 3, also by placing them in the opening scene he is stressing their input and informing the audience that the supernatural is at the forefront of the play. He creates a strong supernatural atmosphere from the beginning – suggesting the supernatural will play a very important role in the play. Shakespeare exploits the knowledge and fear the audience, as in those days the audience would have been well aware that the 3 women where witches whereas, a modern day audience might interpret the witches as symbolic of evil, temptation and danger, faced by all of us but in this case Macbeth specifically. There is a link and connection established between the witches who are evil and Macbeth who is talked about as a noble man by his own king.