Then Macbeth himself repeats it later, just a little different though. Macbeth actually quotes in act 1 scene 3: “So fair is foul a day I have not seen.” This gives a suggestion link between Macbeth and the sisters. It is interesting that he hasn’t met not one of them yet., even though they have already conspired to meet with him. The witches seem to be the embodiment of the embodiment of the foul part of the phase. By this time, people are being very suspicious about witches believing that they were evil and that they should be burned.All three of the witches are assumed to be mean and untrustworthy.
Here the use of “night” is the first in the play and it sets the stage for the chaos that nighttime and the word “night” will come to represent. The character alone that says the word symbolizes the chaos connotated with the word because the Witches are women of chaos and evil themselves. The example of the shipman being tormented at night foreshadows Macbeth’s future lack of the ability to sleep due to the guilt and evil that haunt him. Like the shipman, Macbeth will live a life cursed by the night. Also like the shipman, Macbeth has no connection before the Witches make his life chaotic by influencing his decision to murder Duncan at night.
Macbeth was not fit to be a king with his ambitious mind set. When the witches told Macbeth about the future and him becoming king. Macbeth went to great lengths to make sure they came true. The witches just told him facts, they did not tell Macbeth how they would come about. Macbeth was responsible for his own actions when killing King Duncan, the guards, and his best friend Banquo.
But once the extraneous factors are stripped away, the evidence is clear. The witches serve only to mislead Macbeth; the seeds of evil festered inside him long before he encountered the witches, as is clear by his response to their prophecy of his kingship. Lady Macbeth is only involved in the first act of evil. Macbeth becomes a true tyrant without her involvement. She is merely giving him a push in a direction he already dreams of going.
In Scotland the majority belief was that witches can make prophecies and affect outcomes. Witchcraft was seen as an evil practice with the devil that was a threat to social stability. The Scottish took great measures to try to limit witchcraft. King Kenneth threatened to burn anyone planning on calling spirits. Witches could influence people's ideas and thoughts and Shakespeare portrayed this, “I’ll drain him dry as hay.
However, it was not Macbeth’s idea to murder King Duncan at first. His wife, Lady Macbeth, persuades him into doing so. Macbeth had always been loyal to King Duncan and would have never committed such a sin. Macbeth tells his wife, “I am afraid to think what I have done; look on 't again I dare not,” and because of the witches and help from Lady Macbeth, he follows through with killing the beloved King and is immediately starting to regret his actions (Mac.2.2.65-67). After Macbeth slaughters King Duncan, he is named king himself and starts to get paranoid about people finding out the truth.
The judges knew that the witchcraft was a myth but didn’t do anything about it. Danforth and Hathorne often rejected logical facts and refused to head testimonies proving innocence because so many people were accused. After a while, it became clear to everyone in the town, including the judges, the accusations were false. These judges instead of revealing the truth they clung to their pride and ignored what was happening in front of them. If word got out that they sent several innocent people to their deaths their reputation would be ruined and they would be out of their jobs.
Macbeth never considered murdering king Duncan until he saw the prophecies of the witches. If the battle against Norway ended and Macbeth and Banquo had gone home without meeting the witches, Duncan probably would have survived. When he found out that the second prophecy was true, Macbeth contemplated the third prophecy. Even by hearing
“By the pricking of thumbs, something wicked this way comes”(4.1.44-45).The Weird Sister worship devastating the lives of numerous individuals. They worship all the evil they bring through telling what's to come. All through the play of Macbeth, there are many circumstances that the witches show how they messed up Macbeth's better half. “Surely
Most witches we know are evil and wicked, so do the witches in Macbeth. They show up and tell Macbeth and Banquo a prophecy that relate to being the King, which is one of the reason that Macbeth killed Duncan, Banquo, and many others. When Macbeth is worried about Macduff and Malcolm are coming back to fight him, he goes to the witches and asked for help. Of course the witches “help” him by telling him to beware of Macduff, man born of women can hurt him, and as long as the forest didn’t move to his castle. But witches never tell the whole story, they only tell part of it, which gives Macbeth a false sense of security and finally meet his death.
If you’ve ever seen horror movies about witches such as The Blair Witch Project, you’d know witches are horrifying. But that’s not the reason for why we see them in our history textbooks, witches were a vital part of history. The Salem Witch Trials era was an unforgettable part of our history and we need to learn about what happened in order to learn about our mistakes. The trials were unlawful and it’s important for us to never repeat the same mistakes that we made during that time period. Many died from those trials and it was a great tragedy that left the community damaged.
Other example is in Document B when it talks about all the things that happened and that all of that according to the Puritans was “Witchery” that was lack of knowledge because people really did not know what was happening. People was just finding a reason for their bad luck. Because the people did not find a good reason, their beliefs came out and people started thinking about the witchcraft in Salem.