Essay On The Witches In Macbeth

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The strive and ambition for power can seem to be true perfection, but one should be careful what they wish for, because that power might be exactly what causes their downfall. In the play, Macbeth, by, William Shakespeare, the witches have a significant role. They represent that some things are too good too be true and sometimes we shouldn’t try and follow everything that we hear. The witches give Macbeth many prophecies throughout the play. Macbeth listened to the things they said and it resulted in his death and his own downfall. The witches play the role in the play of, developing plot, advancing characters and setting themes.

In the beginning of the play, the witches give Macbeth and Banquo a
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He ended up killing his best friend, and even the king. “I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. / Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell / That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” (Shakespere, 2.1, 63-65) Macbeth who was once a very good person, went out to murder the king. Just because he thought he had a chance at ruling the country he decided to do something evil. Ever since he heard that prophecy he did not stop until it came true. As the play goes on Macbeth becomes more and more evil, destroying everything in his path. “Not in the legions / Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned / In evils to top Macbeth.” (Shakespere, 4.3, 57-59) Macduff says this after he finds out Macbeth had killed all his children and his wife. Macbeth has become a villain and will not stop at anything. The prophecy has caused nothing but trouble for Macbeth, he is now feared and hated everywhere. It changed an innocent kind man, into an evil feared man.

The witches set the theme, “not everything is as it seems.” They do this by telling Macbeth something he will expect to come true, when really they have tricked him and mean for the opposite to happen. In scene three, the witches meet with their master to discuss Macbeth and how they are planning on leading him to his downfall. “This night i’ll spend / Unto a dismal and a fatal end. / Great business

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