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macbeth- where the witches an important role int he play?

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Introduction

Pre twentieth century drama. Macbeth In this essay, I will be discussing the dramatic effects of the witches in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I will be considering their impact on the audience and the character Macbeth, I will be discussing whether the witches turns Macbeth evil or whether he had it in him already and he used the witches as a pathway to excel in this evilness. The play Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare it is a tragedy. In the opening scenes, the audience is shown that Macbeth is a great warrior and loyal subject of the king of Scotland. But on meeting three witches and hearing their predictions ' all hail Macbeth, all hail thee, thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth all hail thee, thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter.' Upon hearing this Macbeth kills the king, his trusted friend Banquo whose son will be kings according to the witches. Then he returns to the witches for the final time. ...read more.

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Then they one says 'foul is fair and fair is foul' and then the mention of Macbeth the name of the play making the audience think that this Macbeth must be evil. The audience will now be exited and waiting for the rest of the play. The start of act1 scene three has the witches chanting and casting spells and talking about what they have been doing since they last met. As with eh last meeting it is set on a desolate heath then the with a rolling of drums showing a important person approaching 'Macbeth doth come' (line 34) so now we finally meet Macbeth whose first line links him once again to the witches and evilness 'so foul and fair a day I have not seen' (line ). Then Macbeth's loyal friend Banquo gives his take and description of the witches ' that not look like the inhabitants of th' earth (line39) so they must be so ugly and distorted that they are not recognisable as a member of the human race. ...read more.

Conclusion

The head ' beware Mac duff' (line 69) the baby ' no man born of woman shall harm Macbeth' and the tree ' thou shalt not be vanquished till great Birnham wood climbs great Dunsinaine hill' (line 83, all quotes act four, scene one.) the witches give Macbeth a double edge warning what makes Macbeth invincible, in the end becomes his downfall. Then with music the witches disappear leaving the audience exited and impatient. Shakespeare used the witches costumes and music to get the crowd exited and scared. But some may think did the witches turn Macbeth or did they just bring out the evil from deep inside Macbeth, with some help from his wife, making him cause the death of Duncan and Banquo, lady Mac duff and all her children. But did they also lead to the downfall of Macbeth with the final predictions (apparitions), by giving him false hope in his invincibility. I think that he had it in him the whole time and the witches and lady Macbeth just bring out the evil. Lady Macbeth who persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan and then plants the murder weapon on the guards, who then later kills herself through guilt and a bit of insanity. ...read more.

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