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Three Witches Role In Macbeth

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Vikrant Parsai, an Indian poet, wrote a proverb saying, “He who wants everything every time will lose everything anytime.” In the tragic play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is presented as a honorable warrior when he defeats Macdonald 's army in battle but becomes a man full of greed. He encounters three witches, who grant him a prophecy, stating he would become the future thane of Cawdor and the future king. He shares his experience with his wife, Lady Macbeth, and she plots and encourages him to kill King Duncan of Scotland. After killing Banquo, a dear friend of his, Macbeth becomes blinded by the desire for power and meets his ultimate fate, death. Motifs such as fate and time are used to better represent the motives and qualities…show more content…
They prophesize fate and present it to Macbeth. When the witches first encounter Macbeth they greet him by saying, “All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king thereafter!”(1.3, 51-53). Baffled by the witches’ loyalty, Macbeth is soon crowned Thane of Cawdor. He starts to gain confidence and promise in the witches’ prophecies, leading Macbeth to be driven to become king. This drive pushes him to kill King Duncan of Scotland. Though he allows his desireful and determined character to achieve his fate of becoming king, he suffers the consequences of severe guilt due to his lack of impatience. If Macbeth was not as ambitious, the thought of killing Duncan would have never crossed his mind. As his mind becomes more power hungry, Macbeth sends three murderers to kill Banquo. Banquo has a chance of becoming king and the only way for Macbeth to make sure that does not happen is if he kills Banquo. Macbeth’s mind is so corrupted that he is willing to kill his own friend to maintain his fate and through his, he shows the audience his true nature. Faced by fate, Macbeth’s ambitious actions eventually leads to his death. In the beginning of the tragedy Macbeth judgment is more ethical and clear. He utters that “[he has] no spur to prick the sides of [his] intent, but only vaulting…show more content…
He loses his power, his wife, and his life. The ending is significant because it clearly depicts to the reader that when over ambition is chosen over righteous decisions, people often face treacherous endings. Shakespeare craftily contrasts Macduff with Macbeth. Macduff says, “[he] would not be the villain that thou think’st for the whole space that’s in the tyrant’s grasp, and the rich East to boot” (4.3.44-46) He symbolizes loyalty. Even if he was given everything he desired he would not betray anyone and make rash, immoral decisions, unlike Macbeth. He chose loyalty over power and at the end of the play he was the one who defeated Macbeth who had chose power over loyalty. The contrasting characters further help the audience understand that taking ambious and ill-planned decisions lead to distressing
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