In his book, William Shakespeare, Terry Eagleton offers a controversial insight to the role of the Witches in Macbeth. Eagleton views the Witches as the heroines of the drama for exposing the truth about the hierarchal social order describing it as, the pious self-deception of a society based on routine oppression and incessant warfare (Eagleton 1986:2). This essay will explore the implications of Eagleton’s insights, showing that even though they are controversial and original, they can very well be accurate. This will be done taking into consideration the historical context of the play, the role of the Witches as agents of fate and darkness, as well as the influence of masculinity and a hierarchal social order in the play. William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth during the early 1600s.
Naturally, humans have a tendency to strive for greatness and succumb to power, regardless of the consequences or obstacles that may lie in the way. There is no doubt that the desire for such power can result in severe calamities. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the author portrays Macbeth’s character as determined and resentful in his soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1. Shakespeare does so through the use of metaphors, vivid imagery, and the concept of nature in order to portray the protagonist’s tragic flaw of reckless ambition. As Act 3 commences, Banquo and Macbeth discuss the accuracy of the witches’ predictions, but Banquo proceeds to show suspicion of Macbeth.
“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
He kills Duncan, and completes a foul act. However, it is all according to the prophecy, so it holds as fair. What would be a fair act to bring in the heir to the throne transitions from a positive connotation to one that is foul, and therefore a paradox blooms with these events. Malcolm, son of King Duncan, later reveals that he wants to kill Macbeth because of the many that he has killed in his path to claim the throne.
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.
This ultimately leads to their endless feeling of fear and horror, "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand...multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red." Macbeths hand are literally stained in blood but it also works as a metaphor, therefore, representing and showing his guilt. Macbeth has come to realise that his guilt can never be washes off from his hands. Instead, his guilt will poison the world around him, which he compares to an ocean. The strong imagery of blood in this scene demonstrates his inability to remove the blood from his hands.
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. Equivocation. Equivocation is the use of deliberately misleading words to mislead people. The use of such equivocation is frequent in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, being integral to its plot by driving much of the action. The vile witches manage to cultivate the subconscious desire to be king in Macbeth.
(I.i.6-10) The witches plan to meet Macbeth at a certain time and place, preferably after the civil war is done. The weather symbolizes nature being out of balance, and it also represents the chaotic civil war in Scotland. In addition, the blustery conditions indicate a mishap for the heroic thane. As Macbeth and Banquo return to Duncan’s camp, the jinxing sisters encounter them where they unleash their weapon: prophecy: First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become King ended up driving him crazy. Lady Macbeth, a deeply ambitious woman constantly insisted him of killing King Duncan and seized the Crown. Macbeth was being influenced by three witches and his lady Macbeth of doing such crimes. He was confused between right and wrong. He even had hallucination of the Dragger.
Sublimity creates terror through obscurity and uncertainty of potentially, irrationally terrible situations, such as murder or rape. Terror being gendered as feminine, allows Gothic works such as the The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis to complicate the gender and identity of his characters with the aforementioned terror. Murder and rape in The Monk are emphasized, because they create an irrational, immobilizing sense of terror. Ann Radcliffe describes terror as the appropriate method by which sublimity is achieved. While horror is mentioned in The Monk and by Radcliffe, the Gothic
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.