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The Impressions of the Three Witches and how they influence the play of Macbeth

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G.C.S.E English Course Work The Impressions of the Three Witches and how they influence the play of Macbeth The three weird sisters' in the play of Macbeth have a vital role in dictating how the play is going to turn out. They achieve this in many ways that I will endeavour to explain. The three sisters appear in the play three times, once at the very beginning when they set the scene for the whole play, then they appear in Act 1 Scene 1, the last time we see or hear of then is in act 4 scene 1. In the first scene, which is very short, only 14 lines long, the witches are on a beach where a battle had just been fought. They are all gathered around a cauldron where they are making up some sort of potion, which enables them to talk to the spirits. After this gathering they arrange a meeting place where they are going to meet Macbeth. ...read more.


When they enter the witches are chanting around the cauldron, after they have finished they tell Macbeth and Banquo some news. The three witches tell the two of them that Macbeth will be the Thane of Glamis as well as Thane of Cowdor and inform him that he will one day be the King of Scotland. "All hail Macbeth, you will be king one day." In the end this is true, Macbeth does become the Thane of Glamis and he does become the King of Scotland, but the Witches also tell Banquo that he will not be king but he will be the father to a great line of kings. "You shall father kings, yet not be one yourself." In my opinion, I think that Macbeth would have been a bit annoyed because if he was going to be King how could Banquo's children be kings also? At first the two of them think that the Witches were misleading them, so they ignore it. ...read more.


The last apparition that he gets is one where the voice tells him that he will never be killed until the great wood of Birnam moves to his castle on the high hill of Dunsinane. After he comes out of the trance of the apparitions he finds that the Witches have gone, but he still wants to ask them some questions about his apparitions. Throughout the play the Witches almost dictate in one way or another how the play is going to progress. In the first place, if they had not told Macbeth and Banquo what was going to happen Banquo would still be alive and Macbeth would not have to worry so much about what is going to happen to him. Also the Witches have a habit of making a riddle, and always have a sort of strange eerie feel about them. I have noticed that they never actually tell Macbeth to do anything, all that do is plant a seed into his mind that gets him thinking and he makes his own decisions from that. By Mathew Du Port ...read more.

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