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Describe how the witches prophecies to Macbeth arefulfilled in the final Act of

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Describe how the witches prophecies to Macbeth are fulfilled in the final Act of "Macbeth"? Macbeth is a play that was written between 1603 and 1606 by William Shakespeare. The time in which the author first penned this drama coincides with the accession of James the Sixth of Scotland to the English throne, as James the First of England in 1603. It has been suggested that this play could have been written with James in mind. (York Notes 1997) Act 1, Scene 1. The play starts with the meeting of three witches at a Heath somewhere in Scotland were they are discussing where they shall meet next and with whom. Act1, Scene 2. Around the same time a battle is taking place near the town of Forres in Scotland. Enter the King of Scotland and his two sons who approach a sergeant just returning from the battlefield. The sergeant debriefs this entourage about the battle, he states how close they were to defeat before the "brave" Macbeth's intervention. The sergeant goes on to say how the hero Macbeth battled bravely and showed tremendous leadership qualities to lead them to victory. From this point it is easy to see how the King could be so impressed by the man Macbeth, he has heard that his army were on their knees, so close to defeat yet one man would not yield and against all odds has lead the Kings men to victory. ...read more.

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Act 2, Scene 1, Banquo and Fleance his son arrives, on speaking to Macbeth, Banquo asks him about their encounter with the witches. Macbeth passes the remark off, and suggests they speak in later times. The cold, calculated side of Macbeth now becomes evident, he dismisses his guests and now sets his sights on what he feels is bringing him a step nearer to his destiny. The dreaded act of cold blooded murder is carried out leaving the two guards implicated, signs of remorse start to set in Macbeth, but some strong words from his wife take place and the murderer's disappear. Act 2, Scene 3. Macbeth is alerted to the arrival of Macduff and Lennox. They proceed to do the job they had come to, awaking the King. On trying to carry out their chore it becomes public knowledge that the King has been murdered. The Macbeth couple keeps up the act of innocent hosts and make sure that the majority of guests see how distraught they are at such a vicious occurrence could take place. The King's sons decide that they could be next so they decide to disburse leaving the coast clear for Macbeth to be King. Act 2, Scene 4. Next day rumours are strive that the King's sons hired men to murder the King, although Macduff would not be a great believer in this theory and he decides to leave. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macduff knock the confidence out of Macbeth by stating he was taken form his mother's womb. Macbeth knowing he has no way back decides to fight on which inevitability leads to his death as Macduff brings his head back on a stake and declares Malcolm the new King. Conclusion What the witches prophesied to Macbeth was open to interpretation. Macbeth was hungry for reward and power; his determination to succeed 'blinkered' him from actually understanding what the witches were saying. It could be said that as the witches knew Macbeth's future they tricked him into his own death knowing that his greed and thirst for power would inevitably lead to his downfall. Macbeth's obsession for the prophecies to come true and more or less instantly meant he had to keep murdering to succeed and keep the truth of his evil plot at bay. And although sometimes Macbeth weakened his cunning wife was always on hand to point in the direction of being King no matter what stood in the way. After the death of his wife, Macbeth became more obsessed with the thought of being invincible. He felt no one could do him any harm and as he became more ruthless his death was fast approaching. He was na�ve to think that he could not be killed and would have been better suited to analyse and evaluate what the witches had said to him. R Bond 71443 5007 - 1 - ...read more.

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