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With close reference to scenes 1 and 3 in act 1 explore the role significance of the witches in the play so far

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With close reference to scenes 1 and 3 in act 1 explore the role significance of the witches in the play so far The first characters we see in the play are the witches; they are set in a desolate place, and from them we learn a great deal of the plot-that there's a battle going on "when the battles lost and won", and Macbeth is mentioned straight away "there to meet with Macbeth". From this we know that they are purposely planning to meet Macbeth, and when they do meet him in scene 3 it was planned. The Witches' also thicken the plot when the mention the prophecies to Macbeth. Although adding to the plot is one of the roles the Witches' play, there are also several others. The main role is contribution to atmosphere, and dramatic effect. Their contribution to atmosphere is how the witches link with the hurly burly/war in the play. The upset in nature (disturbance in weather) ...read more.

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The Witches' add several mysterious touches to the play. Especially when the first line Macbeth says in the play is an echo of the withes words in scene 1 "So foul and fair a day I have not seen." The line its self is also mysterious, along with "When the battles lost and won" as how can a battle be lost and won? And how can fair be foul? What are opposites for us, the audience; seem to be interchangeable for the Witches'. Another role the Withes' have in Macbeth is characterization. For one the Witches are not at all like the other human characters in the play, they're different, and this is emphasized when all of their speeches rhyme, and are in iambic pentameter, "Weary sennights nine times nine, Shall he dwindle peak and pine. Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest tossed." It is also an idea that the Witches' may be representations of Macbeth's personality. ...read more.

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The witches themselves have little character development, other than they are irrational, this alone also adds to their mystery. Finally, the last role the witches play in Macbeth is a representation of theme. The theme in the play good verses evil, is brought about in one example, after Macbeth has heard the propheci, with the urge to destroy whatever is good, with murderous intention, and action ('Fair is foul, and foul is fair") The theme appearance and reality also comes across in the witches. Where evil lurks behind fair intentions, when the witches appear to tell Macbeth good news-that he will become king, but the audience knows that all is not what is seems. And lastly the theme of equivocation, when Macbeth echoes the words of the witches, when we first meet him in the play. Overall, the witches are a very important part of the play, with a very important role. The Witches' are what makes the play so interesting, and they succeed in keeping the audience guessing, and wondering what will happen as a result of the witches' actions ...read more.

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