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.
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!”
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
The three witches tempt Macbeth with good news and achievements such as promising The Thane of Cawdor and the king hereafter (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 47-48), and as Macbeth meets Duncan and finds out that he indeed is the Thane of Cawdor (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 127), and the fact that the witches knew he was the Thane of Glamis, greed can take over, when such luxury and success is promised. Thus the assassination for the throne progressed the overall downfall. The situation worsens when Macbeth goes to the witches a second time (Act 4 Scene 1), where he finds out about his threats. Finally, after realizing the Birnam Forest actually moving during Macduff’s attack, he knows his downfall has been reached. But we must ask ourselves if Macbeth had never met these weird sisters, then would have this entire saga happened?
The charms wound up.” (Act1.2 ) The witches pour prophecies into Macbeth giving him an insight of what is to come in his future, as king of Scotland. Lady Macbeth receives the news from Macbeth causing her mind to flood with corruption on how to get rid of King Duncan; however, Macbeth is not cruel enough to kill the king of Scotland. Or is he?
They were there for a reason. To corrupt his soul for whatever wicked purpose they found fit. Later on in the play the witches return and show him these apparitions with tales of warning. The first apparition says, "Macbeth! Macbeth!
Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! … All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter.” (1.3.50-53) In regards to the prophecies, Macbeth writes to Lady Macbeth a letter indicating the prophecies and their already partial fulfilment towards the first two prophecies. He also expresses his strive of determination and hunger for Duncan’s crown to Lady Macbeth in his letter. The witches manipulate Macbeth, telling him half of the truth in the prophecies, especially in the third prophecy involving Macbeth becoming king.
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”.
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
Macbeth was the greatest king that ever lived and that anyone could have asked for to run their kingdom, yeah right. Macbeth was this lunatic crazed man who kills everyone that he doesn't think is trust worthy. Macbeth is so power hungry that he doesn't even care if his wife just died because in the book he says “ It was going to happen sooner or later”, like wow thats how he honestly feels all because he is the King and can do whatever if he puts his faith into the witches, but seriously Macbeth is no where near the greatest king that ever lived, I wouldn't even have this man take care of my turtles.
The Most Important (An analysis of the importance of act 4;2) The story of Macbeth is an interesting and intricate story to say the least. A story loosely based around insanity and murder it is considered one of the most important stories of all times. Written by a famous man, William Shakespeare, this play is a story of betrayal and literal backstabbing to achieve the good and the rightful outcome of the story.
The witches’ big prophecy about Macbeth’s future was used both for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s self-fulfillment, and also for the witches’ own self-fulfillment. In Macbeth, Macbeth pursues his self-fulfillment not with his heart or conscience, but by these weird sisters’ stories. It is also seen how the witches reach their end goal by using their stories for their own self-fulfillment. An example of how Macbeth used their prophecy to help guide his self-fulfillment is by killing Duncan and Banquo.
Since the Macbeth’s wanted power so badly, they use excessive amount of force to get what they want causing them to lose themselves in their inner evil. In the play, Macbeth, the corrupting influence of power can cause people like the Macbeth’s to do acts they wouldn’t normally do. After hearing that the Macbeth’s could become king and queen, they plan on doing something treacherous. First, Macbeth was very loyal to Duncan, he would fight till the death for him.
“Macbeth” is a tragic play about a gruesome rise to power and the downfall of it all. Macbeth goes down menacing paths in order to get the power he believes he deserves. Macbeth is easily persuaded by a prophecy promised by three witches, this contributes to him making sinister decisions that are not worthwhile. Macbeth encounters many strange/supernatural experiences, struggles with a constant paranoia and finds himself being stuck in a endless rut fuelled by ambition. By the end, he is trapped in a world he had created himself.