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The Witches in "Macbeth".

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The Witches in "Macbeth" The witches in Macbeth are portrayed in very different ways by Shakespeare and Polanski. These dissimilarities can be easily spotted and range from obvious matters such as their appearances to the amount of power the witches have over Macbeth. In Shakespeare's "Macbeth" the witches are usually set in a heath and re always together. Quite often when the witches are on scene, there is thunder and lightening illustrating they are evil. However, in Polanski's video we find the witches on a beach in the first scene. The sky is red to represent blood, and yet again, that the witches are evil. There is no thunder and lightening as in the book. But in the distance you can hear music and seagulls. This quiet music shows the witches are concentrating on their spell. In Act one Scene Three the witches are located in an underground hole as it is more realistic than them vanishing. Their appearance is filthy. They are scruffy and ugly. ...read more.


When Macbeth and Banquo first meet the witches, the eldest is massaging the youngest witch's back. Then the younger witch flashes at the men which is crude. Polanski uses unbearable music, out of tune bagpipes, to show us that the witches are excruciating. In Act One Scene Three of Shakespeare's play, Banquo says the witches are "withered, and so wild in their attire". Later, he refers to them as "imperfect speakers" and then as "the devil". He is aware of how wicked these witches are. Macbeth calls them "secret, black, and midnight hags" as well as describing them as the "weird sisters". He knows they are not normal and knows they are bad. This is the same in Polanski's film. Shakespeare compares Macbeth to the witches. His first line is "So foul and fair a day I have not seen". This line uses the same language as the witches, suggesting Macbeth is as evil as they are. Polanski uses this same technique to prove Macbeth and the witches are alike. ...read more.


Yet again we get a better representation when we watch the video as we can see exactly what is happening. We see the apparitions appearing from the cauldron and warning Macbeth and convincing him he is indestructible. In my opinion, I would interpret Shakespeare's witches as old hags and disgusting, as well as evil. They don't appear to be usual at all, they are more supernatural - they sail on sieves and sell winds. I wouldn't say they were paralleled to Lady Macbeth because I don't think she is as evil. At the start we see the witches as depraved, whereas Lady Macbeth seems to be a nice woman, despite the evil within her that we don't see until later in the play. Polanski portrays witches which are worthy of belief by giving us the impression that they are immoral, deceiving and have a lot of power over normal people. We can see these witches in Macbeth are crude; the youngest witch flashes at Macbeth and Banquo. The witches are not credible because they are too wicked and mystical. Sailing on sieves and selling winds are unusual. They have too much power over individuals, like Macbeth. ...read more.

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