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How far do you think the witches are responsible for the downfall of Macbeth?

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1 Sarah Allymohamed How far do you think the witches are responsible for the downfall of Macbeth? In William Shakespeare's time they believed in the powers of the supernatural. Many women were burnt at the stake on the suspicion of being a witch. These witches could speak to the Devil and the dead. They were able to fly and powers of invisibility. The witches were supposed to disguise evil spirits in animals. In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, the witches are important characters in the play. This is because Macbeth probably would not have murdered Duncan, if the witches had not cleverly hinted. I think there would not have of been a story. I think the witches definitely contributed to Macbeth's downfall (most things that he did.) The witches had Macbeth on his way of madness. The witches look wild and don't look like anything on earth. They have skinny lips and fingers. Banquo actually wonders about the witches' sex. ...read more.


Shortly after this he meets the witches. The witches tell him that he is going to be Thane of Cawdor, (Thane of Glamis) and that he was going to become King." All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor! All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter." When Macbeth hears the witches prophesy, he says that these things could not be possible because the Thane of Cawdor is a healthy man and he can't imagine becoming King. But yet he is still interested in what they have to say. "Stay, you imperfect speakers tell me more. By sinner's death. I know I am Thane of Glamis; but how of Cawdor lives, a prosperous gentleman; and to be king." Macbeth has not yet been told that he has been appointed Thane of Cawdor. In this part of the play they are not really responsible for the downfall of Macbeth, as they had not told him the prophecy. ...read more.


At this part in the play the witches are not responsible for the downfall of Macbeth. Say if the witches were telling lies and Macbeth acted on them, it wouldn't be the witches' fault. They cannot be responsible for prophecy that might not even be correct. Macbeth's wife and she bullied him into doing what she wanted. The witches tell Banquo that someone is going to become king. After the prophecy has been said that Macbeth will become King, Banquo responds shocked and angry. Banquo had not expected this. I don't think Macbeth would have of killed Duncan if his wife had not bullied him and forced him into it. Macbeth and Duncan were good friends. He wasn't going to do but she made sure she did "You are not a man". The reason I think the witches open the play because of their strong beliefs in the super naturals. The witches did confuse Macbeth. With having lots of simple meanings and hidden meanings, which are more complex and significant. Everything they do or say did have some affect on him, but the witches were not responsible for the downfall of Macbeth ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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