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I have been asked to discuss the portrayal of the witches' contribution to the atmosphere of Macbeth and their dramatic impact.

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Introduction

I have been asked to discuss the portrayal of the witches' contribution to the atmosphere of Macbeth and their dramatic impact. I looked at the first three scenes containing the witches and have analysed the way they talk, how they act and what kind of mood this creates. First of all I looked at Act 1 Scene 1 (A desolate place). The scene opens with thunder and lightening which we would usually associate with evil as is featured in horror films etc. This immediately sets a dark sinister tone to the scene. The three witches appear together as what could be described as an unholy trinity as they all seem to understand each other and be thinking the same thoughts. The first witch says, "When shall we three meet again? ...read more.

Middle

Another part of the last quote is, "Hover through the fog and filthy air." Hover is an unnatural occurrence usually associated with the supernatural for example U.F.O.'S hover as do ghosts often considered evil and eerie and this is the tone and mood these descriptive words create. The fact that the witches appear first in this scene and in Macbeth itself shows they are of great importance. This also shows they are powerful as witches and evil creatures often are. In the second scene I looked at; Act 1 Scene 3 (A Heath) In this scene the witches seem offended for the first time due to the fact a sailor's wife has refused to share some chestnuts with one of the witches, "Aroint thee, witch." ...read more.

Conclusion

This seems straight to the point from Macbeth and shows he doesn't fear the witches and this has an effect on the mood a slight sense of awkwardness as the witches will probably not like this. Banquo acts differently and asks more questions than Macbeth he appears to be more honest and open therefore the witches have a slight effect on Macbeth. There is a description of the witches in the scene by Banquo and it says, "You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so." This gives us an impression that the witches look unnatural and unattractive. The witches tend to talk in riddles or are prone to leaving out key factors of what they predict making themselves appear good and not evil for example the first witch says, "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater." This leaves a lot to the imagination and therefore is not fully honest but yet still truthful. ...read more.

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