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"The witches control all the events of the play from start to finish." Explain to what extent you agree or disagree with this statement.

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Macbeth Amy Taylor 11.2 "The witches control all the events of the play from start to finish." Explain to what extent you agree or disagree with this statement. I am going to be looking at all the events during the play and deciding how much control I think the witches have over them. When deciding I will be considering the influence that the witches have over Macbeth and whether this is the reason for him committing the murders. Also the effect that Lady Macbeth has on Macbeth so I can judge what part, if any, she plays in the influence of Macbeth and the events, which occur and are controlled because of this, or whether the witches are responsible for the occurrence of these events without any input from Lady Macbeth. The three witches are introduced in the opening scene of the play, showing they have a significant role. They tell Macbeth three things that are to happen, that he will become " Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King". ...read more.

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However, his fierce nature, bravery and the temptation together along with the support of his wife, are enough to make him go through with the killings. In the end it his ambition that makes him commit a chain of dreadful events. Duncan's murder is the first in the chain of events, which ends up with the killing of Macbeth himself and the death of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth in the beginning has the qualities of a brave and "worthy gentleman!" but when his strong ambition gets in the way and temptation gets the better of him it starts to wrong for him. After Macbeth has gone through with the first killing he has no real choice but to go through with the following murders to cover up his wrong doings. This wouldn't have happened if the witches hadn't foretold Macbeth's future, so they are partly responsible but Macbeth didn't have to kill Duncan in the first place if he didn't want to. ...read more.

Conclusion

Towards the end the witches fade out, become silent and have little part in the play, revealing that they most likely have less control than you think. Macbeth is left to make his own decisions and mistakes, as there isn't really anything the witches can foretell him anymore as he as already committed Duncan's murder and is having to commit more murders to cover this up and there isn't anything the witches can do to get him out of this trouble. To conclude, Lady Macbeth finds it easy to manipulate Macbeth and he is easily influenced by the three witch's foretelling. Together the witches and Lady Macbeth can only help to control and contribute to the events but Macbeth is always going to be the one who decides what his actions are going to be and so controlling the events mostly himself as they cannot force him to commit the murders. I agree to an extent that none of the events would have occurred without the witches input but I don't think that they themselves controlled the actual events that happened. ...read more.

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