Huda Hashash 9th Grade Honors 1/4/16 Ms. Kelsey Final Draft The Witches Are More Evil By examining both Lady Macbeth’s and the witches actions, it was noticeable that both Lady Macbeth and the three witches have a great impact on Macbeth’s reactions. In the play and the book Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the hero, Macbeth, gets influenced by the humans surrounding him actions. However there are two main characters that affects Macbeth to develop from a loyal citizen into a corruptive human, those two characters are his wife, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches. Just as Lady Macbeth made Macbeth more ambitious and encouraged Macbeth and supported Macbeth’s plans, but the three witches are the ones that activated the destructive
This line is in reference to when the witches will approach Macbeth: before, during, or after the battle he is about to be involved in, with thunder representing before, lighting during, and rain after. Scene 3 • Quote analysis: “often times, to win us our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths;” (1.3.122-123). This quote is a very important one as Banquo heavily foreshadows what is to come later in the story. By this quote, Banquo says that evil can be brought about by simple truths, and that deception often lies around them. Macbeth is eventually corrupted by a simple, deceptive truth; that he will be King.
The three witches introduced to the reader were the initial characters to plant the seed of greed in Macbeth’s mind. The prophecy they state reads that Macbeth will or has attained multiple levels of power, “All hail, Macbeth...Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor...that shalt be king hereafter.” (Act 1, Sc. 3, lines 51-53) While it was rather brief, this introduction lead to Macbeth essentially taking course and making these occurrences actually happen. Not only is the content of what the say alter Macbeth, it may also be their way of proclaiming the prophecy. The
By employing different characters to emphasize Macbeth’s mental vulnerability, Shakespeare begins with an interaction of three witches and their prophecies, which begin to stir up the inner thoughts of the noble war hero, Macbeth. Despite his first instinct of finding it blasphemous to become the next king, after the
They are “the bad guys” in this play. The witches’ characteristics which adhere to the villain archetype: Powerful (magical powers) Intelligent Devious Scheming Odd looking At the start of Act 1 Scene 3 in Macbeth,the Witches prepare for their first encounter with Macbeth. As they do so, they plot revenge against those who they believe have insulted them. *Scheming . Sooner on, the witches predict that Macbeth will be the future king.
In his play, Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a strong, powerful woman who resists the normal gender roles. In one case, she talked to spirits when contemplating the murder of King Duncan. While doing so, she urged, “Come, you evil spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…” (1.5.41-42). Markedly, Lady Macbeth is shown here in this dark scene, asking to be less like a woman; therefore, defying gender roles because
One would assume that the witches could be blamed for influencing Macbeth with their prophecies. The witches are able to make Macbeth acknowledge his own dark desires. In Act I, Scene III, the three witches call out one after the other claiming “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, Thane of Glamis! / All hail, Macbeth!
This was when Lady Macbeth received Macbeth’s letter, notifying her of the witches’ prophesy as well as his new title, ‘Thane of Cawdor’. ‘Spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here’, is a quote extracted from Lady Macbeth’s first soliloquy. In this quote, Lady Macbeth is indirectly asking for her femininity to be stripped off from her due to the fact that the crimes she wants to commit would be stereotypically considered as manly. The womanly façade that she bears acts like an obstacle in her ambitious path that would prevent her from executing the crime, thus imposing it on Macbeth. This could be considered as a cunning or fiend-like act, which in this case is a fairly accurate description of Lady
In Macbeth the prophecies made by the witches have a huge impact on the story. Several prophecies in Macbeth are self fulfilling as the titular characters the knowledge of them are often the reasons the prophecies come true such as when he decided to kill duncan and when he killed macduff 's family. The first set of prophecies put the events of macbeth into motion as it makes macbeth believe what the witches say. The prophecy that makes him believe is “all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of cawdor!”. At first Macbeth seemed skeptical of what the witches were saying until the title of thane of cawdor is actually bestowed upon him.
The supernatural forces play a key role in progressing the tragedy’s plot. The most prominent supernatural force, the Weird sisters (witches), influences Macbeth heavily and serves as an inciting incident through their prophecies: First Witch: ‘All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!’ Second Witch: ‘ All hail, Macbeth!