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The Scottish Play ‘Macbeth’

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THE SCOTTISH PLAY 'MACBETH' Many people in Shakespeare's time believed in witches. People thought witches were evil and many feared them dreadfully. During that period people were incredibly superstitious. They thought witches worked with the devil. People thought witches could do things such as fly and make themselves invisible. They also thought that witches did wicked things such as curse people, give them nightmares and cause storms that destroyed crops. A witch in Shakespeare's time was described as old, crooked and ugly. They had a lot of odd pets and most occasionally they had a black cat which they used for disguises. The play shows how witches always seemed to appear in thunder and lightening, this is associated with evil and spooky things that take place, which suggest that the witches in the play are evil. Witches were always liable for accidents, misfortunes and disasters of all kinds. This play was first performed to James I when he was king of England. He was terrified of witches, he believed that some witches had raised a storm to try to drown him when he was at sea. The witches also made a wax image of him to make him frail and die. ...read more.


They spoke in rhymes, used many unclear terms and paradoxical words. The audience can immediately tell by their appearence that nothing good will come from them. In act 1 scene 3 we see the witches appear again in the morbid atmosphere. The image of them being evil is seen again when they mention cursing a sailor. The witches seem to know that Macbeth is coming when the third witch tells the other two "Macbeth doth come". These quote makes the audience think that maybe Macbeth has a link with the witches making him seem evil from the beginning. When Macbeth and Banquo first see the witches after returning from a victorious battle, Macbeth addresses them. The first witch salutes Macbeth with the title 'Thane of Glamis', then the second witch salutes him with the title 'Thane of Cawdor' and then the third witch follows up by saying "all hail King that shalt be hereafter!" Macbeth is stunned by the words of the witches but then says "...I know I am the Thane of Glamis, but how, of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives" Banquo then asks the witches about his future, they tell him that his children will be kings. Soon after, the witches vanish. ...read more.


The play wouldn't have been a tragedy if it haden't been for the witches. The purpose of the witches is to encourage the evil desire they know that Macbeth will find hard to resist. Macbeth maybe could have ignored the witches if they hadn't saluted him with the titles 'Thane of Glamis', 'Thane of Cawdor' and 'King hereafter'. Macbeth had an idea that they knew a lot of information because they correctly predicted him being 'Thane of Glamis'. The witches' predictions influenced him and made him wonder. Macbeth's ambitions made him greedy and commit evil acts that only creature like witches would carry. I believe that if the witches didn't exist, there wouldn't have been any murders because Macbeth would have been especially proud of his two titles or maybe Lady Macbeth still would have persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan because we know how immoral and greedy she can be. When we hear the witches' mention cursing the sailor, we can tell that Macbeth will get the same unpleasant treatment from them. Hecate, the leader of the witches, only stepped in to put a stop to the predictions from the witches because she thought they were wasting their time on Macbeth as we hear her say "...how did you to trade, and traffic with Macbeth....". I also believe that if Hecate didn't tell them this, they wouldn't have stopped approaching Macbeth. ?? ?? ?? ?? Afsar Hussain ...read more.

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