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What do you think of the way Shakespeare presents the witches in the play 'Macbeth'? The tragedy of Macbeth is one of the most famous of William Shakespeare's plays, as well as his shortest tragedy. Actors and other theatre people often consider it to be bad luck to mention Macbeth by name while inside a theatre, and usually refer to it superstisiously as The Scottish Play or sometimes, "The Scottish King". It was written in the 17th Century and was possibly written by Shakespeare to send out a message to King James the first, who was King of England & Scotland, because he knew that he would be one of many in the audience. This message could possibly have been to be careful because he was King and in the 17th Century, people were very superstisious. They believed in ghosts, witches and othe mystical creatures. By taking a chance and risking his life to get what he wants, which is to be King, we could be getting the impression that Macbeth might be used to represent or resemble Guy Fawkes in this play, as Guy risked his life trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. ...read more.


The alliteration makes it sound more like a spell or a chant. In Act 1 Scene 3, Shakespeare gives us the impression that the witches are very determined to hurt the sailor because the witches plan to torture him simply because his wife wouldn't share her chestnuts with the 1st witch. The 1st witch states, "But in a seive, I'll thither sail, and like a rat without a tail" which gives us the impression that she is so mad at the sailors wife that she would have even tried to get to him in a seive. This is normally an impossible task but the witches seem to have wonderful, supernatural powers to be able to do this. She tells us that she would be really vicious like a rat with the use of the simile, "Like a rat without a tail". The use of the repetition in Act 1 Scene 3 "I'll do, I'll do and I'll do" tells us that she would do it over and over and over again until she causes maximum pain towards the sailor. The seem to work as a team when the 2nd and 3rd witch offer their companion some wind to help her get across the seas to him. ...read more.


This suggests that she knows that Macbeth is on his way or that she could sense his presence because perhaps Macbeth is the 'something wicked' as he is destined to murder his King so perhaps that is why she calls him this. In this play the witches don't actually kill anyone but they cause a lot of deaths. They stir everything up between Macbeth and others which caused a lot of people to get greedy and murders took place. In conclusion, Macbeth created his own fate by killing the King and his friend which made people suspicious and resulted in his own death. Macbeth was foolish enough to believe the witches. He was tricked which resulted in him being greedy and wanting the position as King of Scotland as soon as possible so he killed his leader. He was encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth, which didn't help. Macbeth thought he was invincible because the witches told him 'none of woman born' could harm him, but little did he know that Macduff was 'untimely ripped' from his mothers' womb. Macbeth was then killed by Macduff. Macbeth wouldn't have been murdered if he had have just been less desirable for the role of King and waited to see what happened instead of taking matters into his own hands. Aoife Burns 111A ...read more.

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