Macbeth’s reaction to the witches’ prophecies are different than Banquo’s reaction to the prophecies. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, the witches’ also known as the “weird sisters”. Two main purpose of the witches are to prepare audience for Macbeth and give the keynote of the play, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (1.1.10). The keynote reveals a major theme appearance vs. reality. Macbeth’s first words immediately connect him to the key note: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (1.3.38).
At this point, Macbeth nearly entirely trusts the witch’s prophecies. This further deepens Macbeth’s ambition to become king and creates uncertainty in him. After learning that king Duncan has made Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland and heir to his throne, Macbeth thinks to himself "Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires. / The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be / Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see" (1.4.57-60). This further shows Macbeth’s greed and intent to become king has grown.
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1606. The tone of the play is dark and depressing. The play starts out with three witches. One of the witches says, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (Act 1 Scene 1 Line 11). In modern terms, this quote means, “Good is bad and bad is good.” Not to give spoilers, but this quote is very important for the rest of the play.
Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the reprecussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth 's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we can clearly see their effect on Macbeth as it greatly contrasts to that of Banquo.
In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Shakespeare depicts the witches as evil spirits. “The psychology of evil. The witches are an enactment of the irrational. The supernatural world is terrifying because it is beyond the human control, and in the play it is therefore symbolic of the unpredictable force of human motion. At their first appearance, the Witches state an ambiguity that rules the play until it closes: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”’.
For instance, when the three witches plan to meet Macbeth, one of them orders the others to “[h]over through the fog and filthy air” (1.1.13). The assertion that the air is filthy contends that the witches find their location, the castle, a disgusting place; indicating
The use of language in their dialogue in the opening consists of rhyming, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair:/Hover through the fog and filthy air.” (1:1,12-13). These rhyming couplets that are prominently said by witches demonstrates an unworldliness. In
Another intriguing yet blatant aspect of loss of identity in Shakespeare's play is drawn from Macbeth's drastic change in personality which drives from his thirst for power that starts to control him; ultimately changing who he ends up to be. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a highly respected individual - saluted for his service to the King. However when he meets the witches and is spoken to about the prophecy, this begins to change. Macbeth is immediately inclined to believe what the witches have to say through their persuasive and manipulative speech. One of the witches exclaims 'All hail, Macbeth - that shalt be King hereafter!'.
I do wonder if Macbeth has any sense of morality left within him. To what extent is he willing to go in order to ensure that his life and position as king is secured? If I had possibly sided with Macbeth would we both live our lives happily? No, he would’ve killed either Fleance or me when we are to ourselves. He had believed in his own prophesized fate, so it’d be foolish to think that he’d over look what the witches had prophesized about me.
This further reveals that the appearance of the castle is related to the reality of the emotions felt between the characters actions. Macbeth’s guilt is displayed as dark and violent acts throughout the kingdom. A storm created by the witches is brewing when the play begins. The witches are speaking to one another saying “When shall we three meet again. In thunder, lightning, or in rain?