Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is one of the most dark and powerful of all his tragedies. With Macbeth’s downfall due to his ambition and madness, it is a timeless piece. In this play the Weird Sisters, more commonly referred to as the three witches, are the source of the play’s problems. But there is a common debate about them, being whether the witches cause men, namely Macbeth, to commit crimes or do they only present possibilities to them. The witches most definitely cause men to commit crimes through their use of apparitions, prophecies, and their promises to Macbeth of power, thus awakening his own ambitions and evil.
Witches in Shakespeare’s time were seen differently from the witches people think of today. They were not only accepted as being real, but they were also thought of the as literally being the devil and incredibly evil. Witches were viewed as real and tangible, not as the laughable and whimsical creatures of today; King James especially believed that witches were incredibly evil.
Shakespeare wrote Macbeth to please King James, who was his new the patron of Shakespeare’s acting company and changed their name from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men to the King’s Men. King James thought that witches were obsessed with trying to destroy him. So he had no trouble firmly believing not only in their existence but also in their sinister ploys. He firmly believed in Divine Right and that witches, and other followers of Satan, were trying to ruin the monarchy. Even

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