The Role of the Witches in Macbeth In the play, Shakespeare used the witches to represent the supernatural, evil, a destructive force and an inversion of natural order. At the time the play was written, people believed this, and feared witches. People believed that witches had the power to change the weather and other special powers such as predicting the future and the power of flight. In Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare begins the play with the witches discussing when they should next meet. He does this because he wants the audience to be curious about the witches, and what role they play.
Further evidence of her narcissism is her daily ritual in which she consults her magic mirror on who is the most beautiful person in the kingdom. As she repeatedly expects the answer to be in her favor, she is outraged when it appears that Snow White has surpassed her. This information drives the Queen to hate Snow White and soon she orders her death. By looking at beauty as a commodity through which power can be gained, this action can be interpreted as a means for the Queen to preserve her power through beauty. The fact that Snow White was beautiful may not have been reason enough alone to kill her, but the fear that Snow White could use her beauty in orde... ... middle of paper ... ...intertwined as main themes within the story.
The characters’ roles in the Grimm’s fairy tales such as Briar Rose and Snow White are consistently gender uniform. The princess, because of her submissive and naiveness, is stricken by misfortune and is left to suffer until a male character comes to solve the conflict. Additionally, the accessory characters in the tale are also gender uniform. Many tales contain the evil stepmother not the evil stepfather. In Snow White, it is the stepmother who is envious and abhorrent of her stepdaughter, which leads her to wish for her stepdaughter’s death.
In the Brothers’ story it is clear that the queen will stop at nothing to kill Snow White. Throughout the story, the queen goes up to her secret mirror and asks, who is the fairest of them all. Expecting the answer to be her, she is surprised when the mirror says that the princess is, in fact, the
She was animated by Marc Davis, and voiced by Eleanor Audley (who also voiced Lady Tremaine, the stepmother of Cinderella). She cursed the infant Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun set on her sixteenth birthday after not being invited to the baby's christening. Maleficent is responsible for "all misfortune that befalls King Stefan's kingdom." (King Stefan is the father of Princess Aurora.) Maleficent also possesses a range of magical powers and artifacts, such as using the crystal ball on her staff t... ... middle of paper ... ...e and utter disregard for the well-being of others, from over a period of years.
In many cases, when strong female characters are presented they are always contradicting in these characteristics, thus labeled as villainous. Such is the case of the Cinderella’s stepsisters in Perrault’s “Cinderella” and the stepmother in the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White.” These female characters face judgment and disapproval when they commit the same acts as male characters. With such messages rooted in our beloved fairy tales it is no wonder that society is rampant with these ideals about women and disapprove of women when they try to break free of this mold. A prolific exemplification of the ideal female virtues portrayed in fairy tales is Charles Perrault’s “ The Little Glass Slipper”. Perrault presents the ideal female fairy tale character through his portrayal of Cinderella.
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.
They are also having Farquaad participate with the mirror since he too is the villain in the movie as the Evil Queen is. In this scene is when the mirror presents to Farquaad who his options are to marry. His three options which are other fairy characters are Cinderella, Snow White, and Fiona. While there are a large number of people who already know who Cinderella and Snow White are, Fiona is the one
Snow White by the Brothers Grimm explores the theme of insecurity which can be defined as one’s subjective evaluation of his or her own self. The fairytale is a story about a Queen who seeks to be the prettiest by constantly asking her mirror “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?.” Initially it was always her; however, as the story progresses and as her stepdaughter Snow White matures, the mirror states that Snow White is the fairest. This causes the step-mother to try to kill Snow White through a huntsman, using a comb, a corset, and finally an apple. This mirror phrase seems to raise more and more anger the more it is asked. One could assume that the mirror is the judging factor in the phrase, but after a closer look on a psychological level, the