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Macbeth The play“Macbeth” is about an ambitious General who becomes a traitor and kills the sohe can become king himself. He is influenced to become a traitor by his wifeand also by three witches. The witches seem to have a lot of influence onMa

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Macbeth The play "Macbeth" is about an ambitious General who becomes a traitor and kills the so he can become king himself. He is influenced to become a traitor by his wife and also by three witches. The witches seem to have a lot of influence on Macbeth as we see evidence of the supernatural through out the play. We first meet the witches in act 1 scene 1. It is important that the witches begin the play because they set the scene and build up the atmosphere at the start of the play. We learn that the witches have plans for Macbeth. The witches say, "when the hurly-burly's done, when the battle's lost and won" and "There to meet with Macbeth" which implies that the witches can predict the future. The witches are doing spells when we see them, which imply that there will be supernatural and evil happenings throughout the play. We next see the three witches in act 1 scene 3. ...read more.

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Macbeth does murder sleep" which implies that Macbeth will not be able to sleep any more because he killed the king and feels guilty. When the king has had Banquo killed he goes to dinner with his friends, he then sees the ghost of Banquo in his seat. This makes Macbeth look stupid and silly in front of everybody. He then starts to talk to himself, which makes him look very weird. Everybody then starts to become suspicious of Macbeth. Macbeth says to his wife he feels humiliated and stupid in front of everybody in the room and says "I will tomorrow-and bedtimes I will-to see the weird sisters" which implies that he is going to see the witches the next day. In act 4 scene 1 Macbeth goes to see the witches again. The atmosphere and mystery of the witches is built up by showing the witches around a cauldron casting spells. The witches say to Macbeth "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him" which implies that Macbeth will stay king until the wood comes towards the castle. ...read more.

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When Macbeth saw the woods coming towards him he was shocked and could not believe what was happening. When he realised it was Malcom and the English army behind the branches he new his end was near because the witch's predictions were becoming true. Macbeth knew he was going to die very soon when Macduff said "Despair thy charm; and let the angle whom thou still hast serv'd tell thee, Macduff was from his mothers womb untimely ripp'd" which means Macduff was not born by a woman. The witches said any body not born by a woman could harm Macbeth. Macbeth knew he was going to die so he wanted to die fighting rather than giving himself up. I felt the witches were important characters in the play because they made the story make sense and made the story seem more exciting because they built up an atmosphere of supernatural presence. I enjoyed the play a lot because it has lots of violence and killing and the way the witches built up the atmosphere at the start of the play made the story more exciting. ...read more.

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