The three Weird Sisters – or, more simply, the witches – are one of the most iconic and well known features of Macbeth. Iris Theatre’s production of the play portrayed them as controlling, demonic forces, and by doing this, dilutes the original moral message of the play. The Witches portrayal is one of the most important decisions that each production of Macbeth must make for itself. As Norton Shakespeare’s introduction to the play states, “What is the nature of these strange creatures that ‘look not like th’inhabitants o’th earth,’ as Banquo observes, ‘and yet are on’t’ (1.3.39 – 40)? Actors’ responses to these questions have ranged wildly, though virtually all productions have recognized that the witches’ scenes are among the most theatrically powerful and compelling in the play whether they are made up to look grotesque or stately, perversely comic or terrifying” (840).
Power is said to corrupt anyone sadly not even children are immune. In The Crucible written by Arthur Miller tells a story about witchcraft which is based on actual past events that happened in Salem. In this story, Reverend Hale plays a very important role being one of the few who realizes that the witchcraft claims are a sham. It is interesting to see Hale as he is forced to deal with a major conflict, come to terms with his own motivations, and characteristics. Throughout the story, Hale served as the main mediator who tried to no avail to end the witch hunts.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller shows what the people in the town of Salem went through during the witch trials. Reverend Hale, a character in the story is an expert in the dark arts, and is in Salem to find out if there are witches. Upon arrival he faces many difficult scenarios for even an expert like himself. Reverend Hale’s feelings are tried throughout the entirety of his visit in Salem; his opinions change with every new stone overturned. When Hale is initially interviewing Betty Parris and Abigail he uncovers a certain turn of events to persuade him to believe witches are loose in Salem.
Power Fabricricating Fear Power, the ability to maintain control, command, or authority over others can often be determined by one’s reputation and their ability to persuade others. This principle is displayed within The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, which follows the town of Salem, Massachusetts navigating through a “Witchcraft” outbreak supposedly lead by the Devil. Within such a theocratic society such as Salem, the Devil is often associated with death, fear, and uncertainty, with his name alone often believed to influence others into following through with certain actions. The Devil, as a key figure behind the immense “witchcraft” occurring in Salem, is crafted by Miller as the most influential “character” based off the fear
The Witches Purpose In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, there are three witches that tell Macbeth his prophecy that he will become king of Scotland. Macbeth becomes obsessed with the thought of power, and goes on an evil path to become king. The witches however do not do anything after that other than give Macbeth a second prophecy. All they do is play games and watch the events of Macbeth unfold, and it is shown that their purpose is not needed. The entire reason that they were in the play in the first place was because the audience of the time loved witchcraft.
Enchanting Satan itself, this is where the viewer can get confused. Madison Montgomery, a young witch that wanted to brought someone back from the dead as way of pardon. She used a resurrection spell that cast the devil. So it’s good her intention, but it’s good to recur to that kind of magic? Also shows cases of bestiality which is a taboo these days and is considered something very evil.
When Goodman Brown's faith forsakes him, he willfully surrenders to sin and accompanies the sinners at the witches' coven where he sees notable people from his community. At the coven, "Some affirm that the lady of the governor was there " (57). This quote is very significant because it is a specific reference to what caused the trials to end. The Salem Witch Trials finally came to a close only when the governor's wife was accused of witchcraft and he stepped in to end the trials regardless of who was guilty and who was innocent. Hawthorne wanted to communicate to his readers how he believed the innocent were punished and the guilty were set free.
(4.1 77-78, 85-87, 100-102) Due to the newly shown prophecies for Macbeth, the witches manipulate him into believing the prophecies and make him over confident about Macbeth’s false sense of security. Eventually Macbeth, without knowing of the real truth behind the prophecies, is lead to his excruciating
For example, when the witchcraft scholar Hale is asked how such a virtuous woman like Rebecca could be serving the devil he replies that the devil too seemed virtuous. He says that the devil is a deceiver and 'until an hour before he fell, even God thought him beautiful in Heaven" (II. iii. 76). Another one comes when Goody Proctor describes how
What becomes evident as time goes on is that however true it may be that outside influences had played a role in how things would turn out, in the end, Macbeth’s decisions play the largest role in his downfall. His reliance on the witches’ prophecies, his inability to trust his judgement as well as his determination to attain and maintain his power through violent means ultimately leads to his demise. The most significant reason as to why Macbeth died at the end of the story was due to his unwavering trust in the witches and their prophecies. When Macbeth and Banquo had encountered the witches, the three females had told Macbeth, who was the Thane of Glamis at the time, that he would be Thane of Cawdor, as well as ”king hereafter” (Shakespeare 1.3.53). The prophecy that he had received had been vague from the three women, but after being informed that he
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.