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What is the dramatic function and importance of the weird sisters in Act 1 of Macbeth?

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What is the dramatic function and importance of the weird sisters in Act 1 of Macbeth? The weird sisters in Macbeth serve several functions in the play. This is an essay, which will examine each of these functions in detail and compare to see which is most important and why it is the most important. My essay will start off with the general over look of the witches in the first Act and their overall characters in the play. In the next paragraph I will look at how the witches provide an exciting and interesting opening, which sets the scene for the rest of the play to build on. After I have explained that I will move on how the witches affect the whole story line and help Macbeth and his wife in the path, which they choose to take in the play. My last paragraph will be the conclusion, which is where I will round everything up and finally end my essay. The first thing noticed about the witches is that in all scenes in which they partake there is a roll of thunder when they enter. ...read more.


He does not know if the news is good or bad but feels it is true and he may have to do something to make it happen. In the same scene but after the witches have gone Macbeth is already speaking aside to himself already thinking about killing the king. One of the many reasons that the witches have such a big part in the play is their exciting eerie appearance in the opening scene. Shakespeare opens with thunder. This weather sets the mood of the play even without the witches. Next in the scene we have the witches planning when they are next to meet we here them talking about Macbeth which holds the mind as the main character is mentioned for the first time. The witches talk about chaos and evil and things that are not all what they seem, this is one of the major themes in Macbeth, Macbeth's wife tells him to "look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent underneath." Also the second batch of predictions the witches give Macbeth prophecies, which seem to work his way when actually they are just telling him of his downfall. ...read more.


Whether these are the ideas Shakespeare had himself or not, there are still many things you can read into in this book like all his others. Lady Macbeth is sometimes called the fourth witch for the way she speaks, also because it is she who helps Macbeth carry out the murder when he hesitates, and helps him plan all of his deeds. The witches are what in all make the story line which is why they play such a big part in the play overall. In conclusion I think the witches are possibly the most important characters in this play except for Macbeth himself for they almost dictate to him what he does. They also create an exciting, gripping introduction to the play that still sets the scene and mood for the rest of the play. Also because there characters are more obscure than the others in this play they create a higher level of interest for audience. I think the factor of the Witches dictating the story is the witches' biggest dramatic function however exciting the opening scene it is only a short passage in the whole book and the other factor affects the whole of the play, the witches bind the story together so therefore they have a very large function in this play. ...read more.

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