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In the first scene we are introduced to three ugly evil looking hags, the witches. We know that the women are witches because they begin by referring to the battle that Macbeth had just won.

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Introduction

In the first scene we are introduced to three ugly evil looking hags, the witches. We know that the women are witches because they begin by referring to the battle that Macbeth had just won 'When the battles lost and won'. Then continue by prophesising about Macbeth meeting them 'upon the heath'. Witches are creatures of hell and were set out by the devil himself to affect the way Macbeth acts from this point onwards. Another quote the witches say is 'Fair is foul, foul is fair...' on it's own the quote may not mean a lot, but the beginning of scene two Macbeth then quotes he has not seen a day so foul and fair. 'Foul' refers to the idea and themes of destruction and betrayal, destruction being the blood shed and the betrayal to the king and Macbeth's good friend Banqo. 'Fair' refers to the good day, the battle won, the new gained title Macbeth has, also, the witches themselves act kindly towards Macbeth and Banqo, but say things that gets the ball rolling to turn Macbeth foul. ...read more.

Middle

It was important for Shakespeare to get across the idea that the witches were supernatural beings, and that they had the power to control a persons life, because as Macbeth draws closer to them, he says he has never seen a day so foul and fair. A supernatural but subtle occurrence happened between the witches and Macbeth before they had even met, suggesting more evidence that the witches were there to meet with Macbeth. Before Macbeth appears in view, one of the witches claimed 'a drum, a drum, Macbeth doth come.' Makes it evident the witches knew Macbeth would come, and that they could recite prophecies that would unfold his deepest desires. If he were as honourable and loyal as his king had previously claimed, he would not want to have heard more about the witches unlawful suggestions. Banquo was taken aback by what the women had said, but didn't take it as literal as Macbeth had. ...read more.

Conclusion

If what the witches prophesied had already come true, then there was a possibitity he could 'that shalt be king hereafter'. He becomes unhealthy analysing and welcoming the witches words. His unloyal thoughts of killing Duncan by any mean necessary proves that the witches have Macbeth craving the title of King. Evidence of this is when Duncan's son is named heir to the thrown, Macbeth turns away and tells himself 'stars hide your fires, let not light see my deep and dark desires', this evoked that Macbeth, before the murder, could never fully reconcile his desire for the throne, which is strongly was suggested by, if not certified, by his ambitious evil wife. His wife changes Macbeth into a blood-thirsty cold blooded killer, he betrays the King who sees him as and equal and trusted him, he also betrays his best friend Banquo. Banquo knew something was gnawing inside his good friend, Lady Macbeth also knew, but acted upon it to help the achieve unlawful and disgraceful acts, without remorse or second thoughts. ...read more.

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