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Refering to the three main scenes that the witches appear in, write about the effect they give to the play as a whole and also how they influence Macbeth to behave as he does.

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Daniel Watson Macbeth Coursework Refer ring to the three main scenes that the witches appear in, write about the effect they give to the play as a whole and also how they influence Macbeth to behave as he does. Macbeth, a tragic story of how greed can corrupt the mind. Written in 1606 for King James the first, people did actually believe in witches. I my-self believe that William Shakespeare used the witches as the "fuel" for his play, I think this led to the massive success of "Macbeth". When people thought of King James the first they may have also thought of witches. After all James did publicise his belief's and thought in witches. He believed that they had an effect on his life. The people of his countries (England and Scotland) would have thought it was completely normal. Now a day, if someone accused someone of being a witch, the accuser would be looked upon in society as insane. The idea of witches over the years has simply dried out. In class we have watched and studied two different films based on Macbeth. One was "Macbeth on the Estate". This was extremely different to what I expected. Produced in 1996 it's quite a modern film. I thought it was incredible how they managed to use every word from Macbeth, (the play its-self) and fit it into a modern set. The film was filmed on an estate on Birmingham and the main characters were young street "yobs"! ...read more.

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This will keep the reader wondering, "I wonder when this prophesy will come true?" I think they would think this because they want to see how the tree ends up moving this was clever on Shakespeare's part this would have helped keep the audience interested. There are three prophesies all which tell Macbeth when to start worrying. The language the witches use is strange even for Shakespeare's time! Another thing is that the lines are shorter than the lines in other parts of the play. I don't think this is a coincidence, I personally think Shakespeare did this to keep the witches rhymes simple. I think he did this to keep the audience interested and not put them off. The use of rhyme - people often forget that poetic writing doesn't have to rhyme, in fact in the play there isn't really much rhyming going on, but when the witches speak in Macbeth there're speeches do rhyme unlike most parts of the play. To add even more mystery to the witches they use strange ingredients in their potions! I mean we all expect strange items but not that strange. Cat's tongues, guts, eyes what more do we want? I think this would have helped Shakespeare with his audience. I think they would have loved the idea of witches around a cauldron especially James! Going back and looking at these two scenes: Act 1 scene 3 Act 4 scene 1 We see that Macbeth is involved in both scenes. ...read more.

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Some people in the audience may wonder if Lady Macbeth is a witch or perhaps the witches have put a spell on her? I have seen two different versions of the witches on screen and both were extremely different. Obviously the two versions were Polanski's version and Macbeth on the Estate. In Polanski's version the witches were what you would expect, old ugly women who lived in a dirty smelling cave but in Macbeth on the estate's version the witches were played by three children who lived in an old abandoned flat. I thought this was a rather interesting (and clever) concept. Both films were very good but if I had to choose one which I thought was the most effective (concerning the witches only) I would choose Polanski's version. This is because the witches were exactly what I expect and want. You don't want sweet little children playing the part of horrible witches. It just isn't Macbeth. It rips the whole idea of witches into shreds or to be more precise it doesn't follow the stereotype. Some people may think this is a bad thing but I would have to disagree with them. However in Polanski's version the witches are brilliant they're ugly, they're old, they're dirty and they're naked. I also think Polanski's version was better because we saw the witches using magic. For example when they faded out into thin air. It was what I expected and the reasons above are the reasons I choose Macbeth over Macbeth on the Estate. ...read more.

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