Macbeth Witches Essay

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  • The Witches In Macbeth

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    The witches in Macbeth are considered both evil incarnate and agents of fate. The witches in themselves represent evil, with their spells, brewings of potions and their prophecies. But they also could be considered agents of fate bringing on the idea of destiny. That it wasn’t necessarily the witches doing of the downfall of Macbeth, but Macbeth himself and Lady Macbeth. The circumstances that surrounded Macbeth affected his downfall as king. The most blame could perhaps go to Lady Macbeth because

  • Witches Prophecies In Macbeth

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    The play starts with a three witches' encounter on a violent stormy night, discussing Lord Macbeth and his return. Meanwhile, Duncan, Scotland’s king in a war against Norway’s king and the traitor thane of Cawdor, Macdonwald. After the first battle, a Captain, who has saved Malcom's life, informs Duncan that Macbeth has fought through the enemies slaying them one after the other. As the king of Norway sent more of his men, this didn’t scare Macbeth one bit, it made him even more determined to win

  • Witches Predictions In Macbeth

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    Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragic tale where the title character has been overcome with the desire for power as king. The out of ordinary predictions spoken from the witches bring trouble physically and mentally for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the entire kingdom. At the beginning of the play, three witches are introduced as women who have the physical appearance of men, causing Macbeth to wonder, “What are you?” (1.3.50). The series of unfortunate events begin with the all-knowing witches exclaiming

  • Macbeth and the Witches Essay

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    Macbeth: The Witches’ Responsibility for Macbeth’s Actions The three witches that are introduced at the beginning of the play are responsible for the introduction of the ideas that caused Duncan’s death and Macbeth’s destruction but not for Macbeth’s actions themselves. They recount to Macbeth three prophecies; that Macbeth will be: 1) Thane of Cawdor, 2) Thane of Glamis, and 3) King. Macbeth welcomes the ideas spawned from the witches’ prophecies, which is what triggered the spiral of events in

  • Consequences Of The Witches In Macbeth

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    cannot escape them. Shakespeare illustrates this idea perfectly in the story of Macbeth and his fall from honorable war hero to disgraced murderer. In Macbeth, the plot is full of gore, greed, and guilt. Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman and decorated soldier, is met by three witches that give him three prophecies. The prophecy that catches Macbeth’s ear happens to be the one promising that he will one day be king. Macbeth informs his wife of the exciting news; however, this is where the story takes a

  • The Macbeth Witches Essay

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    The Macbeth Witches In the first scene in act one we can see that the witches have some kind of psychic ability from when they predict that Macbeth will win the battle. The witches appear to be having some sport of shared vision. We can tell this from the second quotation- “When the hurlyburly’s done. When the battle’s lost and won.” The witches clearly know that King Duncan’s side will win the battle. They also know when they will meet with Macbeth- “There to meet with Macbeth.” This addresses

  • Witches Power In Macbeth

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    In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of acting on beliefs illustrates men as the weak and women as the strong in the story. This flaw in the men restrains them from fully acting upon what they believe, and instead, do as the women persuade and manipulate them to do. With the flaw in the men, it allows the women to use them to further contrast their power. Even when the men make attempts to make right, the women exploit the men's flaw of belief and will to fulfill their own goals. Shakespeare

  • Role of the Witches in Macbeth

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    Macbeth is a play about morals and how people can be easily influenced. The audience at the time when the play was written were more superstitious than we are. They believed in witches and thought that they were the devils disciples. They were believed to be able to control the weather, blamed many things, such as outbreaks of disease on them. The first people to meet the Witches are Banquo and Macbeth. They find the witches appearance is vile. We can see this as Banquo says that “(they) look not

  • The Witches in MacBeth Essay

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    The Witches in MacBeth      Shakespeare utilized many sources of information when writing his plays.  One of his sources for the witches in MacBeth was almost certainly Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft, published in 1584.  In his book, Scot refuted many of the common notions regarding witches and their powers; nevertheless, the book created a basic outline for the typical witch, including physical descriptions and abilities.  The witches in MacBeth are representations of

  • Witches In Macbeth Essay

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    The Three Witches or Weird Sisters in Macbeth were depictions of Holinshed’s sisters “creatures of the elderwood… nymphs or faries”(Chronicles 268). Nymphs are usually portrayed as goddesses of the forests; mountains, waters and they possess an unlimited contract of youthful beauty, endued with knowledge of prophecies. For other topical evidence, there is Matthew Gwinne’s brief Latin pageant, ‘TresSibyllae’ (Three Sibyls), welcoming King James to St John’s College, Oxford, on 27 August 1605. It