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In this essay I am writing about Shakespeare's world-renowned play "Macbeth". "Without The Witches There Would Be No Play" discussed.

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Dan Bond Shakespeare Coursework Macbeth Introduction In this essay I am writing about Shakespeare's world-renowned play "Macbeth". "Without The Witches There Would Be No Play" This is the phrase that I will be studying. Throughout this essay I will include facts to agree or disagree with this phrase. Here are the areas I will be focusing on throughout this essay: 1. The affect that the witches has on the audience 2. Shakespeare's use of language and stage direction to create an atmosphere 3. The witches involvement in the plot - how much influence do they really have? Throughout this essay I am going to discuss these points in great detail. Witches affect on the audience The witches meet in foul weather - they speak of thunder, lightning, fog and filthy air. This introduces Macbeth as a dark, dangerous play, in which the theme of evil is central. By doing this it sets the scene and alerts the audience telling them that something is going to happen. ...read more.


If it wasn't for James I having an interest in witches and witchcraft Shakespeare may never of included them into his play. Now you have to ask yourself would the play "Macbeth" been so popular if the witches weren't included... Use Of Language And Stage Direction We know that fierce thunder and lightning scenes are associated with the witches and the fierce storms release forces of evil. We also know when Shakespeare is talking about the witches because the sentences rhyme. For example Act 1, Scene 3, 1st Witch, Line 8 "But in a sieve I'll thither sail, And like a rat without a tail, I'll do, I'll do and I'll do" We also associate witches with spells and magic positions, Shakespeare uses them in the text. For Example Act 4, Scene 1, 2nd Witch, Line 12 "Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake, Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like hell-broth boil and bubble" Another ...read more.


Once Macbeth became Thane of Cawdor he is well and truly under the witches spell. This is because one of the witch's predictions has come true, from now on, their words will always be in his thoughts. We only see them once more, but the witches are always present in Macbeth's mind. When the consequences of the murders of Duncan and Banquo are too much for Macbeth to handle, his instinct is to go back to the witches (Act 4 Scene 1). They are now his only hope. It is an admission that he cannot control things any longer and from this point in the play, we know Macbeth will die... Conclusion I believe without the witches there wouldn't have been a play. They play the most important and influential roles in the play, by making predictions and calling upon apparitions. They also make the play lively and catch the imaginations of the audience who are fascinated with all their spells and magic. I also think that if it wasn't for the fascination in witches and witchcraft at the time when Shakespeare wrote Macbeth it wouldn't have been the hit it was. ...read more.

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