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.
The witches in Macbeth are very important in the plot and develop certain aspects of the play. They make greater the theatrical experience with images of darkness, thunder and lightning that make Macbeth the tragedy it is. Their actions also add to the play, dancing round the cauldron and chanting ‘Double, double…’. Their appearance as ‘dark hags’ adds mystery to the play. The witches also add a sense of evil and of the supernatural.
There is also a very powerful speech made by Hecate, the goddess of Witchcraft'. This speech is intended to scare the audience. In the speech, Hecate rebukes the three wit... ... middle of paper ... ..., Macduff eventually achieves his revenge over Macbeth and he is one of the rare 'good' characters in the play. He manages to kill Macbeth which represents evil being defeated by good. But ultimately, the play is at tragedy.
From the very beginning of the play, supernatural and unnatural forces have inspired and encouraged Macbeth. They interfere with natural events and completely change the character of Macbeth and his wife. Witches, apparitions, ghosts, and other unnatural images are used to demonstrate the evil effects and consequences those forces can have. Shakespeare is successful in telling his audience that only evil will come when Macbeth or any other person tampers with natural forces for personal gain.
Some people think Macbeth must be evil because of all the terrible crimes he commits such as killing Duncan because he is very ambitious. I believe strongly that the witches persuaded and mixed with Macbeth for his actions. The witches are the main contribution to the plot because if it was never for them and there prophesies then none of it would ever have happened. It was after Macbeth met the witched an heard there prophesies that he turned to the 'dark' side. When the witches first appear on the stage, there is a lot of tension from the Elizabethan audience, as they believed very strongly in
The Significance of Act 1 Scene 1 in Relation to the Play as a Whole Witches and evil are used to open Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. The author establishes an atmosphere of dread and mystery, and introduces themes of disorder and the supernatural in the first Act. Different parts of Act 1 Scene 1 can be seen throughout the play and this makes Act 1 Scene 1 significant. As the play opens the first thing the audience sees are the three evil witches. I believe Elizabethan audiences would have reacted in a negative way to the witches presence.
His state of mind is deteriorating and he begins to see things such as the ghost of Banquo, whom he had killed. Malcolm, Macduff and others from England declare war against Macbeth and he is killed. The weird sisters (the witches) were the ones to blame for building the horrific events of Macbeth. They bring a supernatural element to the play along with a sense of evil. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” They want to turn things upside down and to rid all good deeds.
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.
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.
Moreover, they say “Fair is foul and Foul is Fair” (1.1.12). This quote is regarding their plans with Macbeth, as their foul or evil plans will appear fair to Macbeth, who like all humans, carry evil in their blood. Throughout the play, the witches feed ... ... middle of paper ... ...xists or not, but simply says man is capable of any evil. The supernatural is the one thing which decides the fate of Macbeth and his wife, Duncan, and the others who were affected by this evil. The three witches and the queen witch heavily influence Macbeth to a point where he relies on their prophecies, as he has gone insane.