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In my essay I am going to write about how Shakespeare presents the witches in Macbeth.

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Introduction

In my essay I am going to write about how Shakespeare presents the witches in Macbeth. The play was written by William Shakespeare in 1606. The story was an old one but the play was new. Shakespeare wrote the play for a performance in front of King James 1. It was first performed at Hampton Court but was also shown at the Globe Theatre. Macbeth would have been very popular because it would have interested people of Shakespeare's time. It had witches which people believed were real, it had killings to amuse people and it was the main form of entertainment at the time. The story of Macbeth is about witches influencing a man to kill his king while is wife pushes him into it as well. When he becomes king he can not enjoy it. Eventually he is killed by Macduff, another noble man jus like Macbeth. Shakespeare's audience would have been very interested in this type of play because it involved witches and witchcraft and people in them days believed in witches and what they could do. It was also the only form of entertainment apart from bear beating. The audience would have been frightened because witches did bad things and they were afraid it would happen to them. Witches were believed to be able to talk to the devil and communicate with the dead. They could make people ill and kill them. ...read more.

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The audience would want to see what is going to happen to Macbeth but they also don't ant him to get involved with them because they know that only bad things can happen when there are witches involved. An audience now would find quite amusing because it would be funny to see men dressed as witches and trying to act all weird and eerie. They would be able to see Macbeth's foolishness but want to see where it will take him. I think this is an effective scene because it makes people take them more seriously than before because they done more this time than before. Between act 1, scene 3 and act 3, scene 5, Macbeth kills King Duncan. He is influenced to do this by the witches and by Lady Macbeth. He then becomes king. This means that two predictions have become true. Macbeth then tries to kill Banquo so he can stay king and kill Banquo's son, Fleance, so that his own sons can become king after him. Banquo is killed but Fleance manages to escape. At a party to celebrate Macbeth becoming king, he sees Banquo's ghost. No-one else can see it had Macbeth goes crazy. In an attempt to save her husband from being questioned about the killing of Duncan, she sends him to bed. ...read more.

Conclusion

The forest that is coming towards Macbeth's castle represents Malcolm and the army coming to attack Macbeth. The play ends this way to show good always conquers over evil no matter what, the rightful king is established on the throne and the evil wrong-doer is punished. Shakespeare intended to pay a compliment to King James I. this is the moral of the story. The strongest influence on Macbeth throughout the play was from his wife, Lady Macbeth. She tells him he is not a man unless he commits the murder and that if he loved her then he would do as she asks. She just tries to make him feel bad so that he has no choice but to commit the murders. I think the best scene involving the witches was Act 4 Scene1 because it is the scene where they exert more influence on Macbeth and create the situation which brings about his downfall. The apparitions help to make the scene more interesting and exciting as well as maintaining the audiences' full attention. I think Shakespeare is trying to keep the audience very interested in the witches throughout the play as well as trying to make them fear the witches. I think Shakespeare was trying to reveal exactly what people witches were like and what they could do and I think he succeeded greatly in creating a interesting yet exciting portrayal. Scott Brier 12C ...read more.

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