• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Macbeth essays

  1. What is the role of the witches in Macbeth?

    This raises the immediate question to the audience of how the witches know that Macbeth is coming and reinforces the connection between Macbeth and the witches. This suggests to the audience that Macbeth is evil from the beginning of the play.

  2. Is Macbeth A Traditional Tragic Hereo

    Macbeth's suffering reveals many fundamental truths about humanity. We see through him the dangers of loving someone too much. Macbeth's love for Lady Macbeth, which is shown when he addresses her as 'my dearest love' and 'my dearest partner in greatness', is so strong that it enables her to use it against him.

  1. Discuss the role of witches in Act 1 of

    The theatre became a popular source of entertainment. Both rich and poor class people would flock to watch the endless hours of exciting plays. Shakespeare's hexagonal theatre, "The Globe", was the biggest theatre in London. Situated south of the Thames bank, it held a staggering three thousand people.

  2. What is the role of the witches and what extent are responsible for Macbeth's ...

    This implies that he was paying more attention to what the witches said. Shakespeare cleverly makes the witches vanish, which give a supernatural feeling and confuses both Macbeth and Banquo. When Macbeth discovers that the King's son Malcolm is heir to the throne it comes as a bit of a

  1. Discuss the role of the witches in Shakespeare's "Macbeth".

    The language the Witches use is very interesting and unusual. They sometimes use similes and metaphors to express their actions more subtly; "I'll drain him as dry as hay: Sleep shall neither night or day Hang upon his pent-house lid; He shall live a man forbid."

  2. To What Extent Do Feel That Roman Polanski's Interpretation Of The Witches Is In ...

    more of how the 1st witch has not yet overcome the devil inside her. The witches say, "Foul is fair and foul is fair hover through the fog and filthy air". This shows how they can twist and manipulate situations.

  1. How Far do You Think it is True to Say that Macbeth is a ...

    He is indifferent to Lady Macduff, her children and servants yet he kills them all out of sheer cold-blooded butchery. Finally there is his wife, Lady Macbeth. We know how much he loves her from his previous treatment of her, but we see how as he slips further into bloody sadism he even becomes indifferent and cold towards her.

  2. Discuss the role of the witches in Macbeth

    The three witches sometimes also use riddles like "though shall get kings, though thou be none. So all hail Macbeth and Banquo." This shows how they could be equivocators because using a riddle gives the person you're talking to the right to make up their own mind about what you're trying to say.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work