Shakespeare used supernatural themes to show how fate was shown in the play. Macbeth fate was heavily influence by the witches, as a result the witches were controlling the actions of Macbeth and Macbeth was being driven by fear and expectations. As Macbeth rises in power his actions became more evil and people around him are being hurt and influenced by his actions. One of the scenes in Macbeth shows the witches summoning the apparitions as Macbeth watches. The second apparition said to Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”.
Like RLS he uses his words to show the battle between good and evil. Macbeth struggles inside his mind between murder and waiting, after the witches prophesises. Lady Macbeth regrets the killing and struggles with the horror. Macbeth begins the play as a loyal soldier and reacts strongly to the predictions from the witches, he is in two minds what to do ‘if chance will have my king why chance may crown me’ this shows that he does not know whether to act on the prophesy or not. The people of the era believed in witchcraft in Shakespearian times.
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!
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
She enters the story by reading a letter from Macbeth about the witches' prophecies. She immediately begins to think of how Macbeth will get the throne. She decides that she wants Macbeth to murder Duncan. Lady Macbeth realizes that her husband is uneasy about this and decides to use fair is foul to persuade him. She says that he should "look like th' innocent flower, / But be the serpent under 't," (1.6.76-78).
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.
To do this, she calls upon unholy “spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts” to “unsex [her] here” (I.v.46-49). Lady Macbeth essentially calls the holy spirits to strip her of her womanly traits, breaking the gender role, so she may be able to continue through with her evil deeds, usually only committed by men.
Macbeth became a favorite to Duncan and wanted to please him. After his encounter with the witches, though his thoughts began to change. After hearing “All hail, Macbeth,/ thou shalt be king hereafter!,” (1.3.50) from the witches, he is ready for his prophecies to become true. When Duncan announces that Macbeth is now the Thane of Cawdor, Banquo attempts to warn him to not over analyze the witches’ prophecy. He tries to tell them that they are trying to trick him by only telling him little parts of the truth.
Shakespeare uses metaphors to show the effects of evil influences on Macbeth such as visions of daggers to lead Macbeth to do his evil deed. The witches are the first and main symbols of evil in Macbeth and are what initially drives Macbeth to commit the murder of Duncan. Jessica Hecht talks about the opening scene saying “this short and unexpected opening scene of just thirteen lines introduces the audience into the play’s mood of evil, blood, and
Wicked desires cause people to go to any extreme to get what they want and often cause destruction. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, this is the case for the main characters and evil is a predominant theme. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare leads the plot into dark scenes with the copious amounts of murder, witchcraft and evil desires of the characters. In the play, the character, Lady Macbeth hears the prophecy from three witches that her husband will be king. Quickly, she decided to take matters into her own hands; however, it ends up leading her husband, Macbeth, down an immoral path of destruction.
Most people thought that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was written as praise and in honor of King James. In all reality, Shakespeare used his play to show people the injustice of innocent women being slaughtered because of the King’s obsession over witches. The character Macbeth is a representation of the corruption of that day. Throughout the play, Macbeth views the witches as the fates, the three goddesses that control each person’s destiny in Greek mythology. In Act