Single, old and/or poor women were most likely to be accused. It was legal to kill suspected witches whether it be by fire or through there trials. Macbeth by Shakespeare was wrote to impress king James who was particularly interested and superstitious about witches. Mythical beings also appear in "A midsummer nights dream"
Within this excerpt from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth gives a monologue expressing her dark desires. Lady Macbeth’s desire for the removal of her nurturing qualities to murder King Duncan is expressed through alliteration, metaphors, and pleading diction. The alliteration and metaphors used by Lady Macbeth accentuate her desires. Speaking to spirits, she requests, “unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top- full of direst cruelty”. Lady Macbeth asks to not be a female in order to obtain cruelty.
In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, Malcolm describes Lady Macbeth as a “fiend-like Queen” The definition of fiend is someone who has an evil spirit, a person who is a cruel, brutal or spiteful person and is extremely wicked. Shakespeare presents elements of wicked deception in Lady Macbeth’s character throughout the play through her choice of form and language which is used to mask the evil of the deed she is convincing him to do, an example of this is in Act 1 Scene 5 when she chooses to use the word ‘dispatch’ over ‘murder’ to desensitize the horror of the killing. This is an effective choice of language from Lady Macbeth as it tricks Macbeth into believing the death of King Duncan was inevitable as it had already been prophecised so therefore he wasn’t committing treason, murder or disrupting the natural order which was believed to have been decided by God at the time by society.
What seems bad at first can often be a blessing in disguise and an apparent good can ultimately be bad for us. This is especially evident when the weird sisters say “fair is foul, and foul is fair” in William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” The play uses many examples to show how the sisters’ prediction that Macbeth will be king is actually foul. On the journey home Macbeth and Banquo encounter the weird sisters and receive the predictions. News that Macbeth will become king creates an inner conflict for him. He starts to think what actions he needs to do so the predictions become true.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth lightness and darkness are used to create the key ideas throughout the play of good and evil. Unnatural events in nature were accompanied by darkness often following evil deeds, where light has been overcome, shown through a metaphor and symbolism. Night is used as a motif, with characters frequently calling upon it to assist them in their crimes. Symbolism of light and darkness are used to show how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are consumed by guilt which leads to their eventual downfall, and goods return to power. Shakespeare successfully compares ideas of light and dark to convey important themes.
To begin with, the conflict good vs evil is presented through Macbeth and the witches. In Act I, when the witches say, “Fair is foul and foul is fair” (scn i, ln 10), the witches are saying that good people can be evil and evil qualities can be shown in good people. In the beginning, Macbeth had no desire to take part in the killing of King Duncan. He was a cunning warrior. When the cynical, manipulative witches came about, they caused Macbeth’s views to alter.
The nature of the witches is simply abnormal, and it is evident right from the beginning. The witches predetermine the meeting with the noble thane during a violent storm. When the three witches meet together, they discuss their plan to meet Macbeth: First Witch: Where the place? Second Witch: Upon the heath. Third Witch: There to meet with Macbeth.
A major influence of Macbeth's Madness were the three witches and their prophecies. The witches prophecies pressured Macbeth into making the wrong decisions because of seemingly rewarding results. The witches first prophecy promises Macbeth the throne,
William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is believed to be cursed in particular when exploring the origins of the play, the countless number of recorded tragedies that are connected to the play, and the presence of witchcraft. The “Macbeth Curse” refers to the mistakes that occur during the show. The belief goes that William Shakespeare included substantive black magic spells in the play. Any actors who have a role in the play risk the chance of having evil brought down on them. Since it is bad luck for an actor performing in Macbeth, they refer to the play as “The Scottish Play.” In Macbeth, there are multiple scenes that include physical action.
Jood Abuali December 7, 2016 IB English Period 7 Macbeth Questions Act 1 Scenes 1-8 Shakespeare opens the play by showing the witches to build up tension in the play. The presence of the witches foreshadows the conflict and suspense that is to come later throughout the play. Also, Shakespeare catches the attention of the readers with the witches’ mysterious and suspicious phrases and plans. The grim tone in which they use foreshadows the tragedies to come and the outcome of the play. This is shown in scene 1 when all the witches say, “Fair is foul,and foul is fair/, Hover through the fog and filthy air.”(1.1.11-12) This quotes interpretation is that bad can be good and good can be bad.
Women are evil, or the epitome of. This has become an unsightly, though commonly used, metaphor in literature and even daily lives. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, it is stressed subtly that the nature of evil sprouts from women. This can be seen in the characters of the Weird Sisters and their Queen, Hecate, and Lady Macbeth. From the beginning, the Weird Sisters, or the Three Witches, were the seed of temptation planted inside of Macbeth.
Since the witches are also strange in appearance, this only makes them stand out from the ordinary. I think Macbeth also becomes interested in the witches because of what they claim Macbeth to be. The witches claim that Macbeth is the thane of Cawdor as well as Glamis. “First witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!