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Importance of the Witches Prophecies in Macbeth

- Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare that is set in eleventh century Scotland. In the play, the witches give Macbeth numerous prophecies that are malicious designs to provoke Macbeth towards his demise. This is done through giving Macbeth thoughts of treason against the king, telling him to secure the kingdom from Banquo and his descendants, and giving him a false sense of invincibility against his enemies. If it was not for the witches prophecies guiding Macbeth he would have never murdered Duncan and Macbeths life would not have been a tragedy....   [tags: The Witches in Macbeth]

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The Witches Play the Greatest Part in Macbeth’s Downfall

- The witches are the first characters we see in the play in Act one Scene one- A prologue of evil. They plan to meet Macbeth when the fighting has finished. “When the hurly Burley’s done” From the very beginning of the play the witches are planning to give Macbeth the news of his future and so lead to his downfall. They speak to each other about their next action, to meet with Macbeth. The setting in which Shakespeare first presents the witches is On the Moor with thunder and lightening in the background....   [tags: macbeth, witches, shakespeare,]

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How The Witches ' Prophecies Affect Macbeth

- ... This sets up the whole play and explains why the witches are so important. The witches are the most dangerous characters because they are greatly powerful and very wicked. The witches influence Macbeth in his achievements and awake his ambitions. They give him a wrong sense of security with their apportions of truths. The witches are the ones who made the idea of killing Duncan into Macbeth’s mind. They also told him that he would become thane of Cawdor and later would become king of Scotland and Macbeth wants to know more....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches]

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The Role of the Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

- I found responding to the play ‘Macbeth’ difficult because of the era it was written in. Shakespeare wrote the play between 1603-1606 when attitudes were completely different to the attitudes of society today, in particular, widespread belief in witchcraft. In contrast to today, when not many people believe in such things. They used to be feared. They were considered evil, ugly and vindictive. They did not belong to this world, they were ‘supernatural’, with supernatural powers. In the play the witches plant ideas into Macbeth’s head, which affects his inner soul....   [tags: Witches, Shakespeare, Macbeth, witchcraft, ]

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Madness Of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth And The Three Witches

- ... This is best exemplified in the scene where Macbeth and Banquo first encounter the three witches. The witches’ rhythmic incantation, “A drum, a drum. Macbeth doth come. [dancing in a circle] The weird sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land, Thus do go, about, about, Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine, and thrice again to make up nine” (Macbeth. 1.3.32-37), stands in stark contrast to Banquo’s much simpler line, “You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so” (1.3.46-48), thus establishing the first of many syntactical demarcations between the world of the sane and the world of the mad....   [tags: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Three Witches, Moral]

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Macbeth and the Witches

- Macbeth: The Witches’ Responsibility for Macbeth’s Actions The three witches that are introduced at the beginning of the play are responsible for the introduction of the ideas that caused Duncan’s death and Macbeth’s destruction but not for Macbeth’s actions themselves. They recount to Macbeth three prophecies; that Macbeth will be: 1) Thane of Cawdor, 2) Thane of Glamis, and 3) King. Macbeth welcomes the ideas spawned from the witches’ prophecies, which is what triggered the spiral of events in this story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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witches and Witchcraft in Jacobean Society and Macbeth

- 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....   [tags: appearance, physical harm, witches]

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The Supernatural Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... As a result, this leads her to develop the ambition of attaining the throne as a queen while Macbeth as a king despite the matters of monarchy. For this reason, she persuades her husband to kill King Duncan and manages to constantly challenge his masculinity since she believes that Macbeth is too honourable to kill King Duncan. As Lady Macbeth discovers that King Duncan will visit their castle, she makes revolting remarks that prove her negative character transformation. She states “Under my battlements/ Come you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / and fill me from the crown to toe, top-full of direst cruelty!” (1.5.40-43)....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

- ... Macbeth first shows his loyalty at the battleground as a sergeant tells King Duncan, “Till he faced the slave; Which ne’er shook hands nor bade farewell to him Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops, And fixed his head upon our battlements,” (1.2.20-23). The sergeant explains Macbeth’s heroic act of putting his life on the line to battle the “merciless” Macdonwald to The King. Duncan is greatly pleased with Macbeth and his devotion to Scotland, so The King comes to stay with him. Macbeth is secretly planning to kill King Duncan and is very wary of this decision because of the shame filling his heart....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth]

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The Witches in MacBeth

- The Witches in MacBeth      Shakespeare utilized many sources of information when writing his plays.  One of his sources for the witches in MacBeth was almost certainly Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft, published in 1584.  In his book, Scot refuted many of the common notions regarding witches and their powers; nevertheless, the book created a basic outline for the typical witch, including physical descriptions and abilities.  The witches in MacBeth are representations of those described in Scot's book.  In the play, Shakespeare describes authentic witches in their physical appearance and behavior and MacBeth's character is made more villainous through his association...   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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The Macbeth Witches

- The Macbeth Witches In the first scene in act one we can see that the witches have some kind of psychic ability from when they predict that Macbeth will win the battle. The witches appear to be having some sport of shared vision. We can tell this from the second quotation- “When the hurlyburly’s done. When the battle’s lost and won.” The witches clearly know that King Duncan’s side will win the battle. They also know when they will meet with Macbeth- “There to meet with Macbeth.” This addresses the theme of witchcraft and is Shakespeare’s way of letting the audience know that the witches have powers....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Ambition

- ... When the two attempt to question the witches further, they vanish into thin air. Lastly, Ross and Angus come to inform Macbeth that the king has made him the thane of Cawdor. Befuddled by this, Banquo immediately thought that the new title might ignite Macbeth to take a dark route to become king. Macbeth 's ambition slowly unfolds after the witches then declare that he will become king. When the current king, Duncan, reveals his plan to name Malcolm the heir to his throne, Macbeth is anxious that Malcolm may now be in the way of him and the crown....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth]

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Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

- Throughout the play, Macbeth has a lot of trouble trusting his own instincts, and instead, trusts others, and allows them to influence his decisions. The most substantial impact is made by the three witches. At the beginning of the play, the reader is told that these witches’ posses many great powers, including the ability to predict the future. It is also revealed that the three weird sisters would meet with Macbeth on the heath after the hurly-burly, or civil war, had ended. Before they vanish, they declare that “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Shakespeare, 11) This quotation foreshadowed the effect that the witches would have on Macbeth’s life, and offer insight into why Macbeth goes do...   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth]

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Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

- ... Moreover, it marked a transition of Macbeth’s guilt transmuting into ruthlessness for power. When Duncan stays in Macbeth’s castle the audience knows Macbeth plans to kill Duncan while he sleeps, whereas the rest of the characters believe he is merely casting an amiable visit to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth justify their ambition to kill Duncan because they believe their power will bring them happiness. Ironically, once Duncan is dead, Macbeth feels entitled to kill more people to sustain his power, which ultimately leads to his own beheading, which represents the ultimate loss of happiness....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches and Macbeth

- The Witches and Macbeth       The belief in the existence and power of witches was widely believed in Shakespeare's day, as demonstrated by the European witch craze, during which an estimated nine million women were put to death for being perceived as witches (The Burning Times). The practice of witchcraft was seen to subvert the established order of religion and society, and hence was not tolerated. Witch hunting was a respectable, moral, and highly intellectual pursuit through much of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries (Best )....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches' Role

- In Shakespeare's time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Mac Beth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Mac Beth would be king, they did not specify how their prophecies would be realized....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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The Witches' Evil Influence in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Audiences today enjoy both horror movies and books, content that such experiences belong to the realm of entertainment. Macbeth’s contemporary audience, however, watched the play against a context of Renaissance beliefs about the paranormal and the divine. No wonder then that these audiences’ reactions to the witches are so contrasting. Shakespeare portrays the witches in what seems to a 21st century audience a stereotypical way. There are many things that come to mind when we hear the word witches: Halloween, the Devil, magic, potions, death, broomsticks and the clothes they wear which includes cloaks and pointed hats....   [tags: Macbeth Essays]

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The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... The Witches indirectly influenced Macbeth to turn murderous, and by doing this they also changed Macbeth’s personality dramatically from the beginning of the play. By the fifth act, it is confirmed that Macbeth’s personality has gone from passionate and noble to heartless and fearless. In this act of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth himself says, “As life were in ’t. I have supped full with horrors./ Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts/ Cannot once start me.” (5.5.13-15). In this excerpt, Macbeth says to Seyton that the sound of a woman crying would have scared him, but after all that he has done, nothing scares him anymore....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Banquo, Macbeth]

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Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Fate And Free Will

- ... He could be lesser in titles, but greater in morality. He could be lesser because he himself is not king, but greater because of his predicted bloodline of future kings. Based on this, Macbeth could assume that any of these things are what the witches are referring to and decide that they were correct. Banquo’s other prophecy tells him that his children will become kings. His only child, Fleance escapes the murderer’s grasps meaning that the prophecy still has a chance of becoming true, even without Banquo himself, however, it is not known whether or not this comes true....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth, Banquo]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

- Macbeth is the main character in William Shakespeare 's play “Macbeth”. Macbeth goes through a few drastic changes in personality and in character throughout the course of the play. He changes, in simple terms, from good to evil. Many different events and pieces throughout the play cause these changes in him. At the start of this play, Macbeth was actually a fairly nice guy. Macbeth can be viewed as a very trustworthy and honarable man, both in battle and off. The catch was that Macbeth was also a very, very ambitious man....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Banquo, Macbeth]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

- It was my sophomore year at Life Christian Academy. My english class had been reading the story of Macbeth, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Each classmate was assigned a character. For the unlucky few they received the main characters; like Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches. My heart went out to them. If I were put in the position of having to read pages upon pages of lines, I would be sobbing on the inside. The character that I had ben given was named Lennox, a Scottish nobleman....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Lady Macbeth]

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Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

- ... In Act 3, Macbeth says that, “and mine eternal jewel, given to the common enemy of man, to make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!” (Shakspeare 3.1.67-9). Seeing this choice of act, leads Macbeth’s blind ambition doing all he can, in order to remain where he is, even if he is ‘blind’ to what it going on and fails to truly understand the concept of his choices in killing Banquo, which only further deteriorates his mind because of his thirst for power, causing him to commit these murders, murders he must contain inside his head, bottled up and this continues to cause his suffering throughout Macbeth....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth, Banquo]

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The Supernatural Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... These paranormal beings are the triggering moment for all upcoming evil schemes for Macbeth to attain and achieve power to become king of Scotland. As Macbeth receives his prognostications, Banquo receives some of his own. They are “not so happy, yet much happier.”(Act 1, Scene 3, Line 69) In the long run, Banquo’s prophecy was essentially better than Macbeth’s due to the fact that Banquo’s is more of a natural occurrence since it does not involve any type of devious actions. Following the structure of past, present and future, Macbeth receives a visit from the apparitions....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Supernatural]

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Importantce Of The Witches In Macbeth

- The weird sisters played a crucial part in the continuation of “Macbeth”. They pour half-truths into his willing ear, telling him only what he wants to know. Once Macbeth’s mind was completely lost, they delved even deeper, and took total control. Macbeth was merely a puppet to them; something that they could control that would only affect his life. Even though the witches were unable to directly affect his decisions, they were able to guide him to do their bidding simply by playing to his one weakness: ambition....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Three Witches

- Macbeth: The Three Witches William Shakespeare has been by far the world's most popular playwright for more than 350 years. His ingenious ability as a playwright has captivated audiences and will captivate audiences for years to come. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. The specific date of his birth is not known but is celebrated on the feast of St. George, April 23. Little is known about his boyhood, but through examination it is thought that he collected a lot of his information from books and from daily observation of the world around him....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- ... iii. 48). This indicates that Macbeth is a great warrior and is an important figure of Scottish nobility. As predicted by the witches “All hail, Macbeth. hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!...shalt be king hereafter!” he will soon take reign as the Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland (I. iii. 49-50). If the witches had never told him that, Macbeth would still be ordinary self. As a result of the prophecies, Macbeth’s honorable nature seemed to fade. The enormous amount of influence of Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, also contributed to Macbeth’s degeneration character....   [tags: degeneration, blind ambition]

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Macbeth And Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... A paradox, a statement that contradicts itself, is also highlighted in their speech: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”; the reader understands that this is an indication of things changing and bad things occurring. “When the battle’s lost and won”; in a battle, it is either announced that one has won or lost, but in the previous quote, it makes mention of both winning and losing. “But in a sieve I’ll thither sail”; a sieve has holes and is used to separate solids from liquid. One cannot sail in something with holes....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Poetry, Lady Macbeth]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Purpose of the Witches

- The Purpose of the Witches in Macbeth     One purpose for having the witches in Shakespeare's play,  Macbeth, is to make a comparison between Macbeth's conscious world and Macbeth's unconscious, dream world. In this essay, I will touch upon Sigmund Freud's theories of dreams and the unconscious, and consider the nature of the witches and their relationship with Macbeth. I will also explore the relationship between witches and society, and conclude the essay by considering other roles of the witches in the play....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Role of the Witches

- The Role of the Witches in Macbeth   When Shakespeare wrote his play, Macbeth in 1606 a large majority of people were interested in witchcraft. This is why Shakespeare made the witches and the witches’ prophecies play a major part in the storyline of the play. In the time of Macbeth witches were not thought to be supernatural beings themselves, but supposedly gained their powers by selling their souls to Satan. There can be little doubt that most of Shakespeare’s audience would have believed in witches, and for the purpose of the play, at least, Shakespeare also accepted their reality....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays]

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“Double, Double, Toil and Trouble”: The Real Trouble in Macbeth

- The Weird Sisters of Macbeth are controlling and manipulative; more so than it might seem. They are agents of evil and frequently associate with evil spirits, along with worshiping the malignant goddess of witchcraft, Hecate. The play Macbeth focuses on the demise of a once noble Scottish Thane named Macbeth through the power of chaos. The evil that continually plagues Macbeth throughout William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is ultimately caused by the influence of the three Weird Sisters through witchcraft, prophecy, and unseen influence, revealing that humans faced with forces beyond their control will ultimately descend into a state of chaos....   [tags: macbeth, shakespeare, witches, ]

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The Power of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The Power of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth   The tragedy of Macbeth comes about because of a single event in his life. If that one moment, the meeting with the witches on the heath, had not happened then Macbeth would no doubt have gone on to be a loyal and respected subject of King Duncan and, later, King Malcolm. However, the meeting did happen and the powerful force of ambition was unleashed within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It is the combination of these two factors, the meeting with the witches and Macbeth's own inner demons, that lead to tragedy, and make the play 'terrifying' in the Aristotelian sense....   [tags: Macbeth essays Shakespeare Witchcraft]

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The Effects of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- ... In this case however, the outside influence from convincing characters like the witches he is inclined to view this as he has to fulfill his destiny. Because of his ambition and the influence of his wife and the witches prophecies Macbeth’s actions lead to his downfall. Through this it is clear to see how much the witches evil actions influenced macbeth and his decisions. “Hail Thane of Glamis and of Cawdor and shalt be King hereafter”. The witches gave this prophecy and was taken by Macbeth without question or moral judgement....   [tags: evil, prophecy, guilt]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches as Heroines

- The Witches as the Heroines of Macbeth Traditionally, the witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth have been treated as symbolic manifestations of the potential for evil. Many students and critics of Macbeth enjoy blaming the witches, along with Lady Macbeth, for Macbeth's downfall. Regardless, it may be argued that the witches are the heroines of the play. One eminent modern literary critic, Terry Eagleton, has addressed the issue of the witches as heroines directly: To any unprejudiced reader--which would seem to exclude Shakespeare himself, his contemporary audiences and almost all literary critics--it is surely clear that positive value in Macbeth lies with the three witches....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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The Importance of the Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- There is no doubt that the witches predictions and apparitions in the tragedy by William Shakespeare, "Macbeth" does not just play a significant role - in fact, at first glance, witches determine the development of the plot. There are three apparitions that the witches use trick Macbeth and drive the plot. However, the meaning of the prophecies in the tragedy is much more serious than it appears at a superficial glance with the work of the writer. But before proceeding to the analysis and prediction of their impact on the course of events, attention should be paid to the images of the witches, who predict Macbeth becoming king....   [tags: prophecy, tragedy, death]

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The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... All rooted from realizing that the inevitable happened, and continues to happen. The source of inevitability comes immediately from the Three Witches, they told him he would be Thane of Cawdor and the king, and once he found that The Witches told truth in becoming Thane, he believes the latter prophesy as well. However, they also told him that Banquo’s children follow his throne, and knowing Macbeth 's personality, he ignored the latter prophecy, because he did not wish to act upon it. Though he knew that in order for Banquo’s children to be king, he must step down or die....   [tags: Macbeth, Banquo, Three Witches]

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Power Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... Banquo warns Macbeth to not trust the witches so fast, because he knows that they can cause harm and that appearances can be deceiving. Banquo says, “That, trusted home, / Might yet enkindle you unto the crown, / Besides the thane of Cawdor. But ‘tis strange. / And oftentimes, to win us our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s / In deepest consequence (I.iii.122-128).” Banquo is wise to think that this is too good to be true. Macbeth’s weakness is what made him believe in the witches and trust them....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Banquo, KILL]

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Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

- Macbeth, one of the darkest and most powerful plays written by Shakespeare, dramatizes the disastrous psychological effects that occur when evil is chosen to fulfill the ambition for power. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s character loses mental stability and becomes enthralled with the idea of being king. Empowered by the three witches, this situation consumes Macbeth’s consciousness until his mental state becomes deranged. This mental deterioration is evident in what he says and does as he evolves into a tyrannical ruler attempting to protect himself from enmity and suspicion....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth, Edgar Allan Poe]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches and Lady Macbeth

- Influence of the Witches and Lady Macbeth The last person you would expect to encourage you to commit a crime would be your wife. Macbeth is motivated by his wife and by three Witches and gradually becomes more ruthless, evil, and murderous as the play progresses. Lady Macbeth is first introduced in Act1 Scene 5: reading a letter receives from Macbeth describing the encounter with the Witches, and the prophecies which they given him. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious; believes that Macbeth is too kind and loyal to take the steps needed to become king....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth, The Weird Sisters And Lady Macbeth

- ... Upon [his] head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in [his] gripe…” (III. i. 64-66). It is evident from Macbeth 's tone that he is agitated at the weird sisters for prophesying that Banquo 's son will become the king. In order for Macbeth to keep the throne, he must kill Fleance to ensure the throne will be his and kill Banquo so he cannot produce any more children. The weird sisters reveal Banquo 's prophecies in front of Macbeth, thus, Macbeth knows who his competition is and will get rid of them to ensure his reign over Scotland....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth of Scotland]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth, The Weird Sisters And Lady Macbeth

- ... Upon [his] head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in [his] gripe…” (III. i. 64-66). It is evident from Macbeth 's tone that he is agitated and distressed because at the weird sisters prophesied that Banquo 's son will eventually become the king. In order for Macbeth to keep the throne, he must kill Fleance to ensure the throne will be his and kill Banquo so he cannot produce any more children. The weird sisters reveal Banquo 's prophecies in front of Macbeth, thus, Macbeth knows who his competitors are and will get rid of them to ensure his reign over Scotland....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth of Scotland]

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The Themes Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... The worthy, obviously being Macbeth, and the inevitable being his thoughts. In his thoughts lie paranoia, delusions, and restlessness. These all root from realizing that the inevitable happened, and continues to happen. The source of inevitability comes immediately from the Three Witches, they told him he would be Thane of Cawdor and The King; and once he found that the Witches told truth in becoming Thane, he believes their prophetic telling in that he will soon be king. However, they also told him that Banquo’s children would be King, and knowing Macbeth 's personality, he ignored the latter prophecy, because he did not wish to act upon it....   [tags: Macbeth, Banquo, Three Witches, Lady Macbeth]

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The Triumph of the Witches in MacBeth by William Shakespeare

- The Triumph of the Witches in MacBeth by William Shakespeare There are many different characters in MacBeth trying to accomplish different things for themselves. However, in my opinion, the only characters who really profited from and got what they wanted out of the whole situation were the witches. They are the ones who basically caused the majority of the problems in MacBeth and I think that they knew what was going to happen the entire time. Even though it may look as though they gained nothing from everyone else's misfortune they actually succeeded in making MacBeth do evil deeds and winning him over to their side....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays]

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Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... Through this particular scene, women and men are connected with one another with regards to their appearance. Simultaneously, the witches proceed to link both genders with their actions. This is executed when the weird sisters express their anger toward the sailor’s wife and her decision to not share the “chestnuts on her lap” (1.3.4). In light of this, they decide that her husband “shall live a man forbid” (1.3.22). As a result, the witches do not only foreshadow what will happen to the Macbeth’s, but they collide both genders and show the audience how the female can be responsible for her partner’s downfall....   [tags: Macbeth, Gender, Three Witches, Lady Macbeth]

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Macbeth - The Importance Of The Witches

- 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. Their chanting, ‘Double, double, toil and trouble: Fire burn and cauldron bubble’ is rhythmic and has an almost hypnotic quality to it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth And Lady Macbeth

- A great psychological questions that people through the times have always wondered is if people have the ability to change. Changing thoughts and behaviors is extremely difficult in changing who a person truly is. However, extremely traumatic events often how the power to do so. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both very dynamic characters that have personalities and behaviors that greatly change throughout the play. Unfortunately, most of these character changes are not for the greater good....   [tags: Macbeth, Murder, Three Witches, Homicide]

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evilmac Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Evil Witches

- Macbeth’s Evil Witches The witches are seen as being evil. This is because at the time, witches were accepted as being real and evil. Shown in the play because the first scene is thunder and lightning, which is associated with terrible happenings and things so suggests witches are terrible things. They speak in rhymes and use many equivocal terms e.g. ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’. This suggests reversal and unbalance, which leads to chaos and disorder in Macbeth’s life. This is suggested because they immediately mention Macbeth so he is already associated with the witches and seen as being evil....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays]

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The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth

- The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth MacBeth by William Shakespeare is a play which shows the uprise of MacBeth, the treachery and his eventual downfall. Witchcraft plays a major part in MacBeth's actions and his weak character is easily manipulated. Although being an honest and brave man earlier, his ambition clouds his judgement. His life is tragic and through some terrible deeds ends in catastrophe. MacBeth is Thane of Glamis and a highly honorable and respected man....   [tags: Shakespeare MacBeth]

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Macbeth 's Ambition And Ambition

- ... Macbeth hides his true intentions not only from his wife and from his friend, but also from himself. And in order for the Macbeth’s intentions to remain secretive, they would need to live a two-faced life. Another example of supernatural affecting the Macbeth’s was when Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and exclaims that Banquo has come to haunt him (144). But in reality, upon seeing Banquo’s ghost, Macbeth has become isolated. Because to him, the difference between the hallucinations and reality has been blurred and therefore is unable to comprehend what is real or what is in his head....   [tags: Macbeth, Supernatural, Three Witches, Morality]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- ... “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion. Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, Against the use of nature. Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 135-139). By the end of the play, Macbeth has done so many cruel and brutal crimes that he feels numb, he has lost his uncontrolled physical reaction. “I have almost forgot the taste of fear The time has been my senses would have cooled To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir As life were in’t....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Duncan I of Scotland]

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The Role of Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The Role of Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth In Macbeth the witches make a huge contribution to the play and the way it comes across to an audience. The witches portray many themes in Macbeth, such as the theme of fate, and the way that they are supposed to have the power of changing someone's fate, and the way they can control people using their power. The witches also depict a theme of pure evil, and the way they treat others in the play shows this. Religion also is a big theme in Macbeth, references to the trinity, whether it is the unholy, or the holy trinity....   [tags: Papers Macbeth Shakespeare Witch Essays]

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The King Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

- ... Lady Macbeth telling Macbeth that she wanted to inherit royalty as well created an impact in Macbeth’s decision making of taking rule. His wife asking for royalty makes him in more demand in taking rule. Macbeth’s friend Banquo had as well persuade Macbeth in the direction of aiming for rule of Scotland. Banquo had influenced Macbeth’s thought of royalty by saying “worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure.” (1,3,162) Banquo told Macbeth he was worthy of being royalty and that he and everyone else are supportive and are waiting for his reign....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Duncan I of Scotland]

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The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

- ... After Macbeth receives the news of his title of Thane of Cawdor from King Duncan, he is shocked and questions Witches’ prophecies as truth. However, his reaction to him becoming the King is calm, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown may, without my stir” (I, i, 15-156). Later in Act 1, his ambition takes over his calm nature when Malcolm is named the Prince of Cumberland. His reaction reveals his thirst for power and his evil motifs, “The Prince of Cumberland. That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’er leap, for in my way it lies....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Duncan I of Scotland]

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Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

- ... Instead of heeding his friend’s words, he ponders how to obtain the crown for himself which leads to the next example of deception. After the battle, King Duncan congratulates Macbeth for his bravery. Macbeth invites the King over to his castle for a celebration with the intent to kill the King, beginning the next deception. When Macbeth arrives at his castle, he cannot see himself going through with the plan, however; Lady Macbeth, his wife, convinces him to do so anyway. Macbeth’s deception to the King is not the only deception in this part; even nature seems to be in on the plot....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, James I of England]

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The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... This clearly showed he was a valiant soldier and loyal to the king of Scotland. Seeing as the previous Thane of Cawdor had betrayed his country, Duncan announced “No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth.” (Act 1.2. 73-76) Macbeth earning the title of Thane of Cawdor increased his title of nobility, making it very clear that he would indeed be a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s theories on tragedy....   [tags: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Three Witches]

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Supernatural Situations Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... None the less, the three weird sisters are affecting Macbeth’s life by how his actions are changing too quickly. When the three weird sisters told Macbeth about his possible future of being king, Macbeth took control of his own path to make it come true. It affected Macbeth’s life that he went from a hero to a tragic hero. When the three weird sisters felt Macbeth’s wicked presence come towards them, they showed him three apparitions. The three apparitions are related to supernatural. The first apparition is an armed head (Shakespeare 63)....   [tags: Macbeth, Banquo, Three Witches]

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The Role of the Witches in Macbeth

- 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....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Presentation of Witches in Macbeth

- Shakespeare's Presentation of Witches in Macbeth When Shakespeare was writing plays in the 17TH Century many people had strong beliefs in witches and other supernatural creatures. The play Macbeth is written for King James, he employed Macbeth to write plays and other forms of entertainment for him. Seeing that supernatural beings and witches were very relevant and to the fore in the 17th Century, Shakespeare's Macbeth would have interested King James and other audiences. Shakespeare includes the witches, as they are known to be a physical embodiment of evil in the play and around this period of time....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Presentation of the Witches in Macbeth

- Shakespeare's Presentation of the Witches in Macbeth The witches are a physical embodiment of evil in the play Macbeth. Like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, they represent temptation. The world of the witches is terrifying and their language full of spitefulness, violent and grisly references to mutilation. Banquo senses that they are evil and he is very mistrustful of them. Macbeth is tempted by their predictions, because they perhaps echo his own thoughts. The witches never tell lies but, because they speak in puzzling riddles, it is possible for Macbeth to hear only what he wants to hear....   [tags: Papers]

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The Three Witches in Shakespeare´s Macbeth

- 'Fair is foul and foul fair' (1.1.?) This quote spoken by the three witches in the beginning of the story set the theme of the play. There are no rules, no moral guidelines. Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play in which the good turn evil. This archetypal transformation from the young, idealistic, promising character to a dark, evil one is apparent in hundreds of plays, novels, and stories throughout history. In this story, the events which begin Macbeth's downfall aren't actions, but words....   [tags: mystriousness, prophetic, manipulative]

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The Role of Witches in Macbeth

- The Role of Witches in Macbeth In ‘Macbeth’ the witches have to be portrayed as evil and fearsome for the play to make sense. This is difficult for a modern director to achieve as out culture and beliefs are extremely different from those at the time at which Macbeth was written. The intended effect of the witches is to scare the audience into believing them. To strengthen this belief one witch in the play says: ‘Though has bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-toss’d.’ In Shakespeare time people were very conscious about the practice of witchcraft....   [tags: Papers]

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Roles of the Witches in Macbeth

- The Roles of the Witches in the Play Macbeth In this essay I will look at the role of the three witches and the influence they have on many of the central characters within Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. I will begin by outlining how the audience would have viewed the appearance of the witches on stage, and move on to show how Shakespeare used language to make them into a mystical yet strong presence. In Jacobean England, when Macbeth was first staged, the audience would have had a very strong opinion about supernatural creatures and anything magical....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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The Presentation of Witches in Macbeth

- The Presentation of Witches in Macbeth In the opening scene of the 1978 stage version of Macbeth the first impressions we get of the witches are that they look strange as well as intimidating because of their facial expressions. The director has used stage lights to focus on the three witches, by doing this the effect is has is that it makes the witches look powerful and in control. The director has also produced a stereotypical view of witches as they are dressed in black and are chanting and cackling....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth's Susceptibility to Wife and Witches

- MACBETH "Macbeth" is one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. The title character is a tragic figure who is easily misled and often misunderstood. Macbeth is a complex character who shows us countless aspects of his personality throughout the play, as he transforms from an ambitious and noble man to a blood thirsty and merciless maniac. We can still sympathise with Macbeth after all the dreadful crimes that he commits because we see in full detail his susceptibility to his wife's ruthless ambitions and the superstitious predictions of the witches....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare People that lived during the Elizabethan period were very superstitious. They feared the power of witches the most. The hate stemmed mostly from the ". . . supposed satanic beliefs of the witches and their heretical partnership with the Devil" (Papp and Kirkland 43). Others thought of witches only when something of value had been damaged. They automatically assumed that a witch or one of her familiars must have done it, and "the one thing everyone [knew] about witches [was] that they were women" (Briggs 259)....   [tags: Papers]

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The Three Witches in Macbeth

- The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play. The scene opens with the witches chanting three prophesies: Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. These prophesies introduce Macbeth to his plan of defeat and to over power. Macbeth will eventually follow through in killing king Duncan. Some people believe that the witches had the ability to reverse the order of things. This brings into the play idea of fate and the role with which it has in the play....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Power of the Witches

- The Power of the Witches in Macbeth      Myths and religions often include divine or devilish beings with incredible powers. William Shakespeare incorporated witches with bizarre powers in his play, Macbeth. These witches possessed devilish powers to set the course of events in the plot and added to the flavor of the story. The witches' powers included omnientness, vision and apparition creation, and the ability to set the conditions for disaster, and the utilization of these abilities sets the movement of the play....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches and Lady Macbeth Hold the Blame

- The Witches and Lady Macbeth Cause the Downfall of Macbeth       William Shakespeare's tragic play, Macbeth shows the gradual descent of the character Macbeth into the moral abyss.   Macbeth's yearning for power draws him to the murder of King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's family. It is difficult to understand how a courageous, gentle man such as Macbeth, could be involved in such villainous activities. In truth, it was the witches and Lady Macbeth that transformed into evil Macbeth's natural desire for control and authority.  The play, Macbeth clearly illustrates that wicked intention must, in the end, produce wicked action.    Shakespeare focuses on Macbeth's courage early in the...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Symbolic Literary Analysis Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth

- ... In the beginning, the witches metaphorically bite Macbeth which, through a very gradual process, eventually leads to his death in the end. According to Michael Martin in his book The World’s Deadliest Snakes, a snake’s venom “poisons the blood, leading to heart failure” (11). This is exactly what happened to Macbeth. He was bitten by the witches in that he was chosen by them. Shortly after, the poison slowly started to seep in and completely engulfed Macbeth and his old ways of thinking. Subsequently, the poison then began to start showing in his actions....   [tags: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Three Witches]

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Witches: The Catalyst of Doom in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Witches: The Catalyst of Doom Powerful in nature and curious to the eye, the witches in Macbeth were hooks of fascination. One never knew what would come next when it came to the witches. They possessed a dark authority and supremacy unlike any other and the temptation to ignore them was unfeasible. They brought with them gloomy days and evil thoughts. The witches could draw you in and begin to almost play with your mind if you let them. This is what ultimately led to the down fall of Macbeth. Collectively, the witches in Macbeth acted as a catalyst for all of Macbeth’s actions....   [tags: murder, prophecy, fate]

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Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

- ... They had foreshadowed a positive statement, but overlooked the calamities which were to come once they tell Macbeth, proving “everything you ‘hear’ isn’t what it seems to be.” Despite witches, Banquo’s ghost affected Lady Macbeth, forcing her to act calm in an irrational moment. When Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth desperately tries to put a "fair" face in a "foul" moment to make Macbeth seem fine. She says, “Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus (…) / The fit is momentary; upon a thought / He will again be well.” (3.4.56, 58-59)....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth, Banquo]

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The Effect of the Witches on the Atmosphere in Macbeth

- The Effect of the Witches on the Atmosphere in Macbeth The play is based loosely on fact but more importantly it is set in a violent time when the succession to the throne was not guaranteed. Shakespeare wrote ‘Macbeth’ very soon after the Gunpowder Plot was discovered. In 1605, of a group Catholic gentlemen tried to kill the king James 1st by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. The play was first performed in front of James I between 1605 or 1606 and the audience would have been aware of the recent events....   [tags: Papers]

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Evil of the Witches and Lady Macbeth

- Evil of the Witches and Lady Macbeth   In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth has many motivators and influences causing him to do evil deeds. Lady Macbeth is the main one. She pressures Macbeth to kill king Duncan. Also, there are the three witches, who give Macbeth prophecies that manipulate him in which disaster strikes at the end of the play. Macbeth’s character changes through the course of the play. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a kind, loyal, hero, and at the end he becomes an evil tyrant....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

- ... Because he started off loved by people all around and soon drowned in his own ambition, Macbeth is a classic tragic hero. Hamartia is just one of the five characteristics that are used to define a tragic hero. Hamartia is defined as being a fatal flaw, or a problem so large, it can ruin someone without anyone even noticing it. Macbeth 's fatal flaw is his ambition. He wants to be king so badly that he would do anything to make it happen, he even kills the king and decides to kill Duncan because he doesn’t want to wait and let fate happen....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Poetics, Three Witches]

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The Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth I am illustrating my answer by outlining how I would produce a play, concentrating on the witches' scenes. Setting ------- I would set my production of Macbeth in the time that it was written as, because in this age people strongly believed in witchcraft, I feel that the play would make more sense and mean a lot more. An important point to realise is that in Shakespeare's time witchcraft was a substantial issue, people believed in it and it was a serious offence to be a witch and old women with pets or living on their own where prime suspects....   [tags: Papers]

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Witches Effect in Macbeth

- Topic: How important are the witches to Macbeth. Discuss the effects of the witches on character, plot, themes and audience. In the play of 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare the witches have an important effect on Macbeth, the characters, the plot, the theme and the audience. They help construct the play and without them it would have been a totally different story line. The three weird sisters influence Macbeth in his acts, they effect characters lives, orientate the plot, they are related to most of the themes and appeal the audience's attention....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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The Witches In Macbeth, The Source Of A Terrible Tragedy

- In reading Shakespeare’s well-known play, Macbeth, one will always notice the many influences that Macbeth encounters before his downfall. Each one of these may have had some bit of impact on the final outcome. The three most controversial and popular causes of the tragedy of Macbeth are the main character’s ambition, the witches’ fateful prophecies, and Lady Macbeth’s dominance. Each one of these can be argued as the main source of influence on Macbeth for muderdering so many people. Some people would argue that the main source causing this tragedy was his wife, Lady Macbeth....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare some time between 1603 and 1606 and is set in Scotland around 1040. The time it was written coincides with the reign of King James the First of England. King James showed a great interest in witches and powers of the supernatural and Macbeth was arguably written to impress the king in what were violent times. Shakespeare used witches as pivotal characters to create a catalyst for the action that was included in the play....   [tags: Papers]

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The Downfall Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

- ... As just stated, Macbeth kills the king of Scotland so that he can take the throne, and he blames it on the King 's servants (Shakespeare 21-22). Macbeth becomes the king and becomes scared that he will lose his throne because the witches said Banquo’s kid would be king. So he sends out some assassins to kill Banquo and his son. The assassins kill Banquo but his son Fleance escapes (Shakespeare 40). Macbeth is a terrible king and this is show throughout the play after he becomes king “Another group of images focuses on sickness and medicine, all of which occur, significantly, in the last three acts of the play, after Macbeth has ascended the throne” (Muir)....   [tags: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Three Witches]

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Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

- ... Instead of heeding his friend’s words, he ponders how to obtain the crown for himself which leads to the next example of deception. After the battle, King Duncan congratulates Macbeth for his bravery. Macbeth invites the King over to his castle for a celebration with the intent to kill the King, beginning the next deception. When Macbeth arrives at his castle, he cannot grasp the idea of himself consummating his scheme, however; Lady Macbeth, his wife, convinces him to do so anyway. Macbeth’s deception to the King is not the only deception in this portion; even nature seems to be in on the plot....   [tags: Macbeth, James I of England, Three Witches]

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Roman Polanski's Interpretation of the Witches in Macbeth

- Roman Polanski's Interpretation of the Witches in Macbeth When comparing Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth with the original text written by William Shakespeare we can see that his work is in keeping with Shakespeare's to a an extent however Polanski adds innovations to show of the more natural side of the witches which is more realistic to the modern audience. Although William Shakespeare wrote the play circa 1603 (for king James) the play is set in the Dark Age Scotland....   [tags: Papers]

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