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The Witches in Macbeth

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Introduction

The first characters we see in Macbeth are the three witches, who have a big influence over events in the play. Shakespeare used the witches in the play to represent evil. He also uses the witches to suggest that evil is used in the play. In the 16th century people believed that witches had powers and people believed witches could talk to animals, " I come gray-malkin," this tells us that the witch is telling her gray cat she is coming. People also believed witches could control; the weather, "When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain" This is telling us that the witches are able to control the weather and are pondering whether to meet in lightning, thunder or in rain" To start with the witches are saying that Macbeth Is a noble man, but I think that he must of had some evil in him to of been able to commit the evil doings he has committed. Shakespeare starts the play with the scene act 1, scene 1 to show you from the very start of the play, evil is used. ...read more.

Middle

Banquo then asks the witches if they can tell his future and the witches reply with; "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater" This is saying that Banquo will be less important than Macbeth but happier and greater, the witches also tell Banquo that his ancestors will be king. These prophecies the witches told Macbeth affect Macbeth's actions greatly because he was told that he will become king but at the moment Duncan is king so Macbeth will have to wait till Duncan's dead to claim the throne so Macbeth goes and kills Duncan himself to get the throne quicker, the witches also tell Banquo that he will not be king but that his descendants will, this rages Macbeth because he was told he was going to be king but now his hearing that fleance (Banquos son) will be king so macbeth worried so he orders for fleance and banquo to be killed but fleance gets away while his dad is killed. In act 4, scene 1 macbeth revisits the witches to know his future. ...read more.

Conclusion

Believing this Macbeth takes the sword in his own hands and kills Duncan himself. He was able to do this as his wife Lady Macbeth drugged the wine that he's men were drinking, which made them fall into a very deep sleep, enabling Macbeth to enter Duncan's room and kill him. He has no heart to kill Banquo and his son as he is Macbeth's very good friend, so he employs the evil of two of his servants to do the evil deed. After Banquo was killed, Macbeth, his wife and all his noble men attended a feast. After eating and drinking his fill Macbeth looked up and saw an apparition of Banquo. Macbeth thought he was going insane because of the evil deed he had a hand in. Thinking it was Banquo's ghost Macbeth started ranting and raving, screaming and crying thinking Banquo had came back to taunt him and get his own back. I think that macbeth must have had some evil in side of him for him to of been able to commit the things he has done, but I also think the witches reinforced macbeth's evil nature. ...read more.

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