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Macbeth What are the roles of the witches

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Show how Shakespere uses the roles of the witches to establish an atmosphere of nightmare and evil in his play, Macbeth Macbeth is one of Shakesperes greatest Tradgedies. The reason why this play is a tradgedy is because the main character (Macbeth) a nice, noble man is destroyed by his own ambition. The play starts as Macbeth being a noble man and the play ends with Macbeth being a wreck an evil man he is described as a "butcher". The story of Macbeth begins with the three witches who cast a spell. Then it goes to the battle and Macbeth wins. Macbeth meets the three witches. The witches predict that he will be king. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth kill the King Duncan and then Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become king and queen, this is where in the storty Macbeths ambition takes over. Macbeth starts becoming really parinoid and starts hilousinating as he has another person killed. But this time its got a bit of a twist to it because its his best friend that he has killed (Banco). One evil deed leads to another. Macbeth goes and visits the witches again. The witches tell him that he should fear no woman born. This is a twisted lie. Macbeth invades Mcdoffs castle and kills macdoffs family. Mcdoff then goes back and raids Mcbeths castle. Then Mcdoff tells Macbeth that he was not woman born he was born of a cizarion and then Mcdoff behinds Mabeth. This play is a play full of evil that's why it begins with witches. Macbeth wanted to set an atmosphere of nightmare and evil. ...read more.


The significance of Macbeths first words are that the witches have already said them it's like Macbeth is echoing there words. The witches words are in his mouth. We now associate Macbeth with the witches and their evil. This echo introduces the idea of a propecy and promts the question: Is Macbeth in control of his own destiny? Macbeth and Banquo's descritio n of the witches is: "How far is't called to forres? What are these, so wither'd and so wild in their attire, That look not like th'inabitants o'th'earth, And yet are on't?- Live you, or are you aught that man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy finger laying upon her skinny lips; you should be woman, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so" This is what Banquo says about the witches. He questions them. H e asks them wether they are dead or alive and he asks that are they humans that they live on this earth and asks can they understand him. He is trying to take control of them. The minute Banquo sets eyes on the witches the convosation changes. Banquo says that the witches have long boney fingers. Shakespere enthesises that the witches are so different to all human beings. Shakespere describes the witches in great detail. It paints a image of them in our minds. You can hes not a modern director. Macbeth says to the witches: "speak if you can: what are you?" ...read more.


It declares: Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him. Macbeth is secure that the third apparition's prophecy will never be, for 'who can impress the forest?' or 'bid the tree unfix his earth-bound roots?' Macbeth is misled by these apparitions he gets cocky and things no harm will come to him because he thinks that no one woman can live and that the Forrest cant move the only one that he is scared about is the third one where he is told that Banquo's kids will be kings. There was no need to kill Mcduff's family Macbeth just got cocky. Macbeth thought he owned the world when he got told no woman born could harm him. At the beginning of the play Macbeth got compared to a brave and noble man, but at the end he is described as a butcher because he just killed living things for no purpose. He done it out of pure evil it weren't even his family that he killed he killed his castle and everybody in it even his animals. In conclusion to this I think that by using the roles of the witches give off a nightmarish and evilness into the play. The witches were horrible characters. They just destroyed Macbeth's life. I don't think that Macbeth was in charge of his own life. I think that Macbeth's destiny lay in the hands of the witches from the beginning of the play to the end of the play. So overall I think the witches did give off an evil sense. Paul Carew 10B English Mr Lynn Page 1 ...read more.

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