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Macbeth and the Witches.

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Introduction

Macbeth and the Witches By Matt Roberts In the time when Shakespeare wrote his novels people truly believed that Witches existed and that they could actually decide what people were doing. If somebody suspected a woman of being a witch, they could get her drowned without so much as even a trial. The fact that people actually believed in witches when the play was written made everybody who saw the play very wary at what so called witches could actually do. My essay is about the way the three witches affected Macbeth. I think that they were the major factor in the downfall of Macbeth. The three Witches started off their sickening and ruthless campaign to get to where he felt he should be. He only started thinking that being the King of Scotland was his rightful position when the witches first spoke to him on the hill that day. When he first arrived everything seemed normal and he was greated by his usual title, Macbeth Thane of Glamis. But after they said this they said the first shocking thing. ...read more.

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Saying things of this evil, I feel show, that this Lady was ever not thinking or was being acted upon by a force she could not control, the Witches. We know the Witches were a force normal people could not have power over because they could stop people from sleeping. They eventually did this to Macbeth. When Macbeth was ever in doubt about doing something the Witches or Lady Macbeth always spurred him on or gave him no choice but to do it. Macbeth was affected very greatly by these two outside powers. They both filled Macbeth's head with ideas that he would never of thought of without them. They each told him things which made him feel good about himself. Lady Macbeth called him, "Great Macbeth." Saying something like this to a man with elements of doubt in there mind would full them with great confidence and make them believe they could do things that usually they would think were never possible. ...read more.

Conclusion

Thus worries Macbeth as he can see no end to the people who can become King. This makes him believe that no matter who he kills there will be somebody else to come and take over. They also trick him saying that "nobody can kill him of women born". Finally, this gives Macbeth the confidence, which really he should not have had. This was a clever move by the Witches as they knew Macduff was born by caesarean. This meant they tricked Macbeth. All the above things I think clearly show that the witches had the biggest effect on Macbeth's downfall. They did so many things to him, which in the end broke him down like nobody else they could do. His wife aided him with the murder of Duncan but she in the end did not know what he was going to do next. However, the witches always did. All of these factors eventually show that the witches were by far the most important factors in Macbeth's downfall as they really plotted what he was going to do next. ...read more.

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