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What is the role of the Witches and to what extent are they responsible for Macbeth's tragic end.

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What is the role of the Witches and to what extent are they responsible for Macbeth's tragic end. The witches play a small but important part in the play "Macbeth". They are seen as supernatural to the cast and by the audience. So as the witches are at the beginning of the play the audience is immediately drawn and interested. They immediately show the audience that they are supernatural when in the first scene they predict the weather, we should notice as the audience that they pick three types of weather that they should meet in as three types of weather for which there will be a lot of chaos, "In thunder, lightening, or in rain." These three types of weather immediately give the audience a feeling that the witches are a source of darkness and mystery. ...read more.

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Act one scene three is also the scene in which the witches will meet Macbeth and Banquo. Just before they meet up a drum beats which gives the witches an indication that Macbeth has come, it may have even given the audience an idea that the witches can predict the future. When they finally arrive it is important to notice that Macbeth says, "So foul and fair day I have not seen." This is significant because the witches in act one scene one all say, "Fair is foul and foul is fair." This immediately links Macbeth to the evil of the witches. (Macbeth is obviously talking about the weather being bad but his prospects being good). When Banquo first sets sight on the witches he says, "You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so." ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth then sends a letter to Lady Macbeth telling her the story. Then she becomes obsessed with the idea. It may be fairer to say that Lady Macbeth may have made Macbeth become obsessed, by persuading him to go to all lengths however bad they may be. Macbeth on countless times tries to pull out of killing King Duncan but she calls him a coward etc. Macbeth is pressured into the deeds he proceeds in doing. Knowing the information that Macbeth did the deed himself I have drawn the conclusion that because he was pressured into doing the murder I would say that he is the least responsible for his tragic end. I would say that Lady Macbeth is the next least responsible but she did not do the deed however she really pushed Macbeth to do it. The most responsible would be the witches as they first put the idea in his head and then say that he is invincible to all "woman born". ...read more.

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