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What is the dramatic impact of the witches in "Macbeth" and how significant is the element of the supernatural? From the very first scene it is clear that the witches will have a powerful part in the play. They meet in stormy weather and speak of thunder, lightning, fog and filthy air, all this conjures up images of evil and supernatural powers being at the centre of this play. The first 'powerful' lines in the play- 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' (A1, Sc1, Ln12) seem to contradict each other, how ever they sum up the play very well in showing that what is good is evil and what is evil is good, e.g. Macbeth is a Scottish nobleman, trusted by King and country and yet he kills his King and one of closest friends (Banquo) ...read more.


When the consequences of the murders of Duncan and Banquo are too much for Macbeth to handle, his instinct is to go back to the witches (A4, Sc1). They are now his only hope. It is saying that no mortal can do such evil and get away with it. Macbeth would probably never have thought seriously about killing Duncan if the witches had not 'planted' the idea into his head. Once Macbeth kills for the first time, he has to cover up his wrong doings, by killing even more people, or risk loosing everything he has worked so hard for. Another instance where the witches 'played with' him is with the apparitions. Macbeth had trust in the witches, and he wanted to know more about what the future had in store for him so he went to the witches and demanded that they tell him about the future. ...read more.


Also during the battle with Young Siward, Macbeth says how Siward was born a woman and therefore Macbeth is not afraid of him. Macbeth bragging of the stories he heard from the witches show they have a strong influence over him. The witches were able to influence Macbeth through their words of the future. They usually only told him their side of the truth and they always left him wanting to know more about the future. The witches had the most influence over Macbeth, more than his wife. By the end of the play, Macbeth had put all his trust in the witches' apparitions. Also, had it not been for the witches' initial predictions, Macbeth would probably not of thought about trying to take the throne in the first place. Therefore, through the witches Shakespeare put his tragedy of Macbeth into place. Eva Blake 11W English-Macbeth Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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