• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

MYP Expository Essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Task: Expository Essay Question: There is a difference of opinion about the inclusion of the witches in Macbeth. Whatever difference of opinion there may be, there is none about the significance of their role in the play. Analyse the presentation and role of the witches in Macbeth. The inclusion of the witches in Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, has a great significance in the play. The presence of the supernatural element in the play has a deep and strong effect on the characters and on the plot as a whole. Despite this, there is a difference of opinion about whether the witches should be included in the play in the first place or not. The conversation of the witches in Act 1, Scene 1 gives us an impression of what is going to happen in the play. The "open place", in Scene 1 creates the appropriate atmosphere of loneliness and fear. The "three witches" are also symbols of darkness and evil. The words, "thunder and lightning", create the atmosphere of darkness and fright, which evokes fear, through external manifestations. It tells us that nature is violated in the presence of such supernatural elements. ...read more.

Middle

But the readers even witness guilt in Macbeth, when he says, "Stars, hide your fires!" which tells us that he wants darkness, so that he can hide his, "black and deep desires." Hence, if the witches would not have been included, a major part of Macbeth would not have been covered, and that is the greed in Macbeth, which leads to his evil ambition and his downfall. Lady Macbeth's thoughts are also influenced by the witches' predictions as after having the knowledge of the prophecies, she cries to make herself strong and evil, to support her husband. We can symbolize Lady Macbeth as the fourth witch, as she is the one who influences Macbeth in doing the evil deed, after the three witches. We can see this as she says, "Was the hope drunk" and "Art thou afeard", when Macbeth hesitates in going ahead with the plan. As a result, Shakespeare's exclusion of the witches would have affected the plot in a bad way, as Lady Macbeth plays an important part in encouraging Macbeth in killing Duncan. In Act 2 Scene 1, we can see the insight of Banquo and his feelings towards the witches and their predictions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth is trapped in the witches' false security; therefore, we can see that, what Hecate said about security being mortals' enemy is coming true. We can see his false security, as he keeps on repeating the words of the apparitions in the entire Act V. For that reason, we can say that, the absence of the witches would not have let Macbeth think that he will always be safe. Therefore, we saw how the presence of the witches changed the good character of Macbeth, to an evil being, and how the plot of the drama took a turn all together. The witches play a very essential part in the plot of Macbeth. Their absence would have made the play lifeless, as there would have been no exhilarating suspense, to make the book a thrilling experience for the readers. Their absence would have given a different end to Macbeth, as Macbeth would not have been greedy to become the king, and Lady Macbeth would possibly not have tried to influence her husband to continue the sinful ambition. ?? ?? ?? ?? Year 5: IB MYP Language A (2008) Ankita Bora 10 A - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. written task - macbeth

    I tried to create in my piece a hesitation from Macbeth by using some words like "um" and special "...". I also use the word "it" because he used it frecuently. He wants to hide the truth. The hesitation effect produces in Macbeth some nervous.

  2. Discuss the Function of Ross in Macbeth

    Macbeth is hosting a Banquet and he has just received news that his assassins have carried out Banquo's murder, Macbeth however mentions his regret that Banquo isn't present. Ross states that 'his absence, sir lays blame upon his promise' and prompts Macbeth to take a seat 'to grace us with your royal company'.

  1. EXtended Essay - Portuguese

    A interpreta��o da cultura hip hop na novela tamb�m � colocada sob quest�o por alguns cr�ticos, como seja ao mostrar os pontos de vista do consumo de droga (argumentado por alguns de ser tendencioso). "2 No entanto, ao demonstrar um ambiente t�o estereotipado na novela, eles est�o dando os espectadores

  2. Groom Service Essay

    Gratitude was also considered an ideal characteristic because this was the one way the men were evaluated in the ritual. Whether or not the woman they are proposing to accept them is dependent on how the man shows that he appreciates the meal provided.

  1. Mad Shadows Essay

    She craved it" (Blais 24). Louise's personal imbalance, arising from the neglect of her spiritual soul, destroys the safety of her life: it underlies her mounting despair; it generates her ultimate unhappiness; and, it hastens her sad dissatisfaction. As her imbalances deepen, she creates the circumstances for her own destruction.

  2. Compare the play Pygmalion with its film version my fair lady. Which do you ...

    it is completely understandable why the audience for this play end the play with a feeling of dissatisfaction because after reading a whole play with a character such as Higgins who is hilarious at every speech, and at some point in the play makes you feel compassion for him, it

  1. Extended Essay: Harry Potter vs King Arthur

    On the night of the attack Harry was barely a year old, and his parents and he were quietly enjoying their evening at Godric's Hollow. Voldemort burst in and massacred James and Lilly Potter, Harry's parents, but when he attempted to kill Harry, the love that Harry's mother had shown

  2. Hamlet ACT I Scene I:1

    spirituality, truth, and uncertainty, or, more specifically, the uncertainty of truth in a world of spiritual ambiguity. Since Hamlet does not know what lies beyond death, he cannot tell whether the ghost is truly his father's spirit or whether it is an evil demon come from hell to tempt him toward destruction.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work