Macbeth Character Analysis

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Making Macbeth Interesting

The story of Macbeth is no doubt an interesting one, but would it still be if some minor characters were taken out? Although the three witches are not main characters, they have a large role in the play Macbeth. The witches advance the plot of Macbeth by telling Macbeth his fate, by telling Banquo his fate, and by showing Macbeth the three apparitions. The first way that the witches advance the plot is by telling Macbeth what his fate will be. The three witches greet him by saying,”All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis.’ All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! ‘All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (Macbeth 1.3. 47). This advances the plot because it gives Macbeth a motive to kill the king. Once Macbeth learns his fate, he plans several murders, with the help of Lady Macbeth, including that of the King. Without the witches telling Macbeth that he is going to be king, there would be no murder of King Duncan, by the hand of Macbeth. Lee Jamieson supports this in his article by saying, “He becomes Thane of Cawdor as predicted by the three Macbeth witches, whose scheming helps drive Macbeths Ambition and transform him into a murderer and tyrant” (Macbeth Character Analysis). Not only do the witches advance the plot for Macbeths life, they also tell Banquo his fate, which adds much suspense to the play. As Banquo and Macbeth are coming back to battle they each get a greeting a from the witches. When the witches greet Banquo they say to him, “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.’” (Macbeth 1.3. 65). The witches just told Banquo that in the future he will be great, happy, and father a king. This advances the plot line of Macbeth because it makes the audience wonder what Macbeth will do with the information he received. They want to know if Banquo will use this information against Macbeth or if he will decide to tell him. Lee Jamieson elaborates a bit on this by saying, “It is perhaps part of Macbeth’s character to shape his life according to the predictions – whereas Banquo does not” (How the “Macbeth Witches Drive the Plays Plot). After the witches are done

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