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SHAKESPEARE PLAY Comment on the role of the witches in Macbeth. The witches have a major role in the play. Though they are not always physically present in every scene their supernatural presence is always there in every scene. They influence what happens in the play a lot. Their supernatural presence and wickedness is also passed on to other characters such as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the play. The witches can influence Macbeth but they cannot control his destiny. Macbeth creates his own misery when he is driven by his own sense of guilt. The witches are only responsible for the introduction of these ideas and for further forming ideas, but it is Macbeths own temptation and desire that brings about his own downfall. Macbeth was responsible for his own actions throughout the play and in the end it was he who made the final decisions. As soon as the play starts the witches are the first characters to appear in the play which shows their importance in the play because every opening character is very important. There is also thunder and lightning which sets the seen for the spooky witches. Shakespeare might also have used the witches to appear at the beginning of the play to grab the audiences' attention so they would get interested and also in those days everybody believed in witches so it must have immediately grabbed their attention. ...read more.


This shows us that Macbeth has definitely set his sights on being king and is even thinking of murder existing in his imagination. He also sounds confused about the witches and he doesn't know whether they are evil or good and although he has ambitions to be king he decides to let chance takes its course and says all the bad days will come to an end 'Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day'. In the first 3 Scenes the witches have set the play in motion with the prediction of Macbeth being king and we can see how important the witches are, because they have sent this play rolling. Thereafter, Banquo and Macbeth go to King Duncan at the palace and it is there that King Duncan announces that his eldest son Malcolm will be the next king. As soon as he says this Macbeth moves aside and says to himself 'The prince of Cumberland! This is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'er leap.' This is the point where he changes his mind because he sees Malcolm as an obstacle between him and the throne. He also says 'Let not light see my black and deep desires' which admits to us that he has 'black and deep desires' and he doesn't want anyone to know i.e. ...read more.


So ambition, witches and Lady Macbeth has got him into so much trouble. Macbeth refused to listen to Banquo when he told him that the witches prophecies might be false, because he was tempted to become king. But the second set of prophecies begin to show their faults and Macbeth starts to blame the witches for deceiving him with half truths. While the witches are not totally responsible for the actions of Macbeth, they are responsible for introducing ideas to Macbeth, which fire up his ambitions and lead to disaster. The witches were also introduced into the play because during the time William Shakespeare wrote this play King James of England. King James had an encounter with a witch who told him something about the future that came true. Also during that period witches were a sort of phenomenon and everybody believed that it was true. Act 3 Scene 5 was not written by Shakespeare but it was written by someone else because he knew that the witches would keep the Shakespearean audience, especially the groundlings, interested in the play. The witches are introduced at different parts of the play where Shakespeare might have thought that the audience might have been losing concentration so by bringing in the witches he would have regained the interest of the public. It is a sort of strategic literature. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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