The Presentation of Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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The Presentation of Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 gives us our first impressions of the Witches. In Polanski and the stage play a definite atmosphere is created in the opening scene, when the witches plan to meet Macbeth when the fighting has finished and the battle is won. The first line in the play, Act 1 Scene 1 Line 1, the first witch says “when shall we three meet again?” I think the reason Shakespeare chose this as his first line because it immediately lets the audience know the three witches are plotting something. The dramatic opening is very short but gets straight to the point. To the witches what is good is evil as a result in act1 scene 1 line 11 ‘Fair…show more content…
The opening scene is set on a beautiful beach just before sunrise. Just as we see the sunrise on the beach the witches enter crudely dressed in rags. The first witch looked fairly young like she was an adolescent and seemed to be the quietest, as if there was a hierarchy and she was at the bottom. This could be to do with the fact she was the youngest and had less knowledge than the two other witches and less power. The second and seemed a fairly normal person and could pass for a servant until you heard her eerie voice, to me she seemed deaf as she seemed to be lip reading when the other two witches were talking. The third witch was the eldest and blind as she had her eyes covered up, the third witch seemed to be at the top of the hierarchy as she seemed to answer all the questions and talked the most out of the three. Each witch seemed to have a disability making them interdependent. This could mean their powers are much greater when the three of them are together. Polanski is able to make the first scene eerie and mysterious by using special effects and editing to achieve the perfect effect. As the scene ends the witches disappear into the mist, the sounds of the lashing waves and the screeching of the seagulls leaves viewers intrigued and confused. The director successfully captures the attention of the audience with the opening scene, it is calm before the storm and the director

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