Shakespeare's Presentation of Witches in Macbeth Essay

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Shakespeare's Presentation of Witches in Macbeth

When Shakespeare was writing plays in the 17TH Century many people had strong beliefs in witches and other supernatural creatures. The play Macbeth is written for King James, he employed Macbeth to write plays and other forms of entertainment for him. Seeing that supernatural beings and witches were very relevant and to the fore in the 17th Century, Shakespeare's Macbeth would have interested King James and other audiences.

Shakespeare includes the witches, as they are known to be a physical embodiment of evil in the play and around this period of time. The witches give the impression that they represent temptation, an example of this is when
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The way which Shakespeare introduces the play in Thunder and lightning is a technique frequently used by many horror writers to create suspense.

Act 1:3 starts with a element of significance, once again the witches open a scene, and this time they immediately speak of an evil deed associated withwitches, killing swine. This scene is also our first meeting of Macbeth and Banquo. One of the witches starts by saying she will punish a sailor for the reason that his wife would not give her some of the chestnuts she was eating. Although the witches do not have the power to over turn the boat one of them casts a spell which will "Blow winds from every point of the compass" in order to wreck the boat as much as possible. When the witches finish casting the spell, Macbeth conveniently enters to the sound of banging drums, he says to Banquo "So fair and foul a day I have never seen" a contradiction of what the witches had earlier said. We can interpret this in several ways, we could say that perhaps the witches have some control over Macbeth; we could also question Has Macbeth agot a similar streak of evil to that of the witches?

When Macbeth meets the witches, he seems anxious of what they have said, the witches start to speak as Macbeth and Banquo enter, they say

"All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis,"

This has no importance to the play as Macbeth is
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