The Effect of Magic in MacBeth and Midsummers Night Dream

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The Effect of Magic in Macbeth and Midsummer Night’s Dream

        Macbeth is a tragedy where the main character dies, and Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy with a happy ending. Even though theses two plays are so different, they both have a similar power that controls the plot. In both plays, Midsummer Night’s dream and Macbeth, Shakespeare uses magic powers such as witches and fairies to control the plot of the play.

        In Macbeth, the witches first appear at the opening of the first scene suggesting that they will play a significant role in the play. The next time they come in is when Macbeth is coming from a battle where he killed a traitor, the thane of Cawdor. The witches meet him and tell him that he is thane of Cawdor and king. All of a sudden Macbeth starts thinking about how great it would be to be a king and sends a letter to his wife telling her what the witches told her. She catches on quickly and comes up with a plan to kill Duncan for Macbeth to become king. At first Macbeth is struggling to assassinate his master at his own house, but his wife convinces him. After they kill the king, the king’s sons run away, and Macbeth becomes king. It seems like the mission is accomplished but Macbeth starts killing all suspected witnesses starting with the kings servants to Macduff’s family including his best friend Banquo.

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When he is scared he will be dethroned or killed he goes to find the witches again. The witches deceive him again saying that he should beware Macduff, that none of women born shall harm him, and that Macbeth will be king until the Birnam Wood reaches his castle. Macbeth believes the witches again and stops worrying about his kingdom. But then, Macduff and his army go up Dunsinane Hill with branches of Birnam Wood and Macduff kills Macbeth for revenge.

The witches in this play say something two true things and one false thing. The first time they ...

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