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Examine the role of the three witches in Macbeth, how do they influence Macbeth and can it be argued Macbeth is a fourth witch?

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Examine the role of the three witches in Macbeth, how do they influence Macbeth and can it be argued Macbeth is a fourth witch? In the play it can be seen that there are various ways in which the three witches can be seen to influence Macbeth in different ways. In this essay I plan to explore each and everyway this can be deduced. When Macbeth has his first meeting with the witches it is clear that they intend to inform Macbeth of his fortune. This is show by the way they greet him and this is show in the text where it says, " 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 hereafter." In this extract of text it can be deduced that the witches have blatantly revealed important information to Macbeth, which is likely to influence the way in which Macbeth would conduct himself. ...read more.


They are more than influential because Macbeth bases all of his decisions on what the witches have told him. This idea is shown more clearly when Macbeth has his second meeting with the meeting with the witches. In this scene Macbeth goes to seek the help of the witches and as they know he is coming they prepare a potion for him to drink. This again shows how their role in the play is very important. When Macbeth reaches the cave the witches say, " By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes," This clearly shows that the witches have noticed the change in Macbeth as they refer to him as being evil and liken hi to being something wicked so it shows they know what has changed. Throughout this scene the witches reveal various pieces of information, which Macbeth acts on swiftly. ...read more.


The text then reads, " Be bloody, bold, and resolute: laugh to scorn the power of man; for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth." Now to Macbeth it shows that he is invincible and that he has no need top worry about anyone as everyone is born from a woman. Again the witches are the narrators of the play because they say that no man born of woman can harm him because everyone is born from a woman and therefore no one can harm him. However they do speak the truth that Macbeth is invincible but Macduff is not born of woman as he says, " Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripped." This shows that yet again the witches have told the story and Macbeth failed to realise it or more over has mistook the hint and become complacent and this in the end of the play is his down fall. Jason Carboo English Coursework ...read more.

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