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In Macbeth, the witches seem to be confusing figures, they are portrayed as dark, eccentric, and strangely amusing creatures.

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In Macbeth, the witches seem to be confusing figures, they are portrayed as dark, eccentric, and strangely amusing creatures. It doesn't seem that they have that much of an importance early on, but after finishing the story and truly comprehending, we see that the witches have done a lot. Through certain examples, and subtle clues displayed in the story, we can safely deduce that the "weird sisters" were specifically designed to implant ideas in Macbeth's brain, which later influence him by giving him all types of information that eventually affect his manner of handling greed, guilt, and other emotions that put him virtually on the edge of sanity. We see that the witches display a keen interest in Macbeth, reasons for the interest aren't exactly given, but illustrations of interest can be shown. As Berryman suggests, the witches have ulterior motives for Macbeth. We see this through Berryman's example, which states that at first, Macbeth is hailed as a great hero, but in his coming, he is hailed by the pricking of a witch's thumb. Which basically means that he is brought on a sort of omen, not portrayed as something that could be of some good. Berryman brings up the fact that the witches know that Macbeth shall be bad, it is not stated at this point of the story why, but it is just instilled that he is (321). ...read more.


De Quincey helps illustrate what Macbeth has turned into because of the ideas implanted by the witches, in his passage that states "With Macbeth and Lady Macbeth we are made to feel, by dialogue and soliloquy, that their human nature, the nature of love and mercy, has vanished, and the fiendish nature has taken it's place"(167). In this quote De Quincey brings into light the idea that Macbeth has changed, and put aside compassion and love, and replaced it with evil. Berryman also agrees on this fact, by his state "This is variously glossed by the commentators as "Superhuman," "subhuman," "devilish"; but the meaning is clear, that there is a possibility that the human Macbeth-the demonic"(321). In his quote Berryman states that Macbeth has changed into the most evil; demonic. By using the word demonic, we get the idea of utter and pure evil, evil without compassion, and evil without contest. Evil that cannot by denied. Evil is again illustrated in the scene when Macbeth wishes to talk to Hecate. Said to be the utter evil of evils, we see that Macbeth has reached a point where he is willing to give him self up completely to evil, all for the sake of becoming king. He doesn't just wish to become king, he wants to make sure that he stays king, showing the greedy side of Macbeth. ...read more.


We see that the witches work as much for Macbeth, as Macbeth works for the witches. As Bloom suggests, the witches need someone to be able to control someone to have as a drone to carry on evil for them. (532). We have seen many examples brought up. We have seen that Macbeth takes the witches' suggestion more heavily than he does of his own wife, as Berryman states when says "This gives that idea, that Macbeth doesn't tell, or asks for advice from Lady Macbeth on some of the murders"(324). Which means that some of the murders were a result of the witches telling him about things that could happen and that he didn't always rely on what she had to say, but more on what the witches had to say. We have seen that the witches instill thought into Macbeth's mind, which later lead him to commit evil acts such as killing Duncan and Banqou. We have seen that the images that were instilled into Macbeth's mind included images that led him to be greedy but wanting to stay king, and stopping at no costs to do it, such as by giving himself up to the utmost evil, Hecate. We have seen characters in the story doubt Macbeth's sanity when he believes that he sees Banqou's ghost. All of these instances prove the fact that the witches implanted the ideas of evil in Macbeth's head. From knowing this we can safely deduce, that the point for having the witches in the story was to have them influence Macbeth. ...read more.

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