The witches have full responsibility for Macbeth's downfall. Macbeth should have never listened to the witches because from then on, it changed him. The word ‘witchcraft’ has been derived from the word ‘Wicca’ which means ‘the wise one." During the Middle Ages, witches were considered evil, making pacts and connections with the Devil. It was even believed that witches engaged in
The Tragic Force of Macbeth In Macbeth, by Shakespeare, the play tells the story of a tragic hero: Macbeth, and his rise and fall to power. Murders, wars, suicides, and many more horrific events are exhibited during Macbeth’s disastrous rule. Throughout the play, supernatural elements are intertwined with dramatic conflicts and characters. Aside from many beliefs of what forces are responsible for Macbeth’s tragedy, the main force held accountable for his downfall is the supernatural. The supernatural forces play a key role in progressing the tragedy’s plot.
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”. The witches were telling Macbeth that anybody that is born from a woman cannot harm him. This makes Macbeth thinks he is invincible and that he can do anything without being killed. Furthermore this scene shows how Shakespeare uses the supernatural theme of the witches to show how fate was influencing Macbeth’s life. Secondly, Shakespeare question the influence of free will.
Macbeth states that “Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires” (I.iv.58-60). Macbeth is still surprised with the prophecies and finds that killing Duncan is bad. He feels guilty how the witches told his prophecy and that he would feel guilty on acting upon those actions of killing Duncan. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth about his prophecy.
In my opinion the “three weird sisters” play a significant role and have complete control over the whole play. The premise of the play Macbeth is his lust for power and all the events that occur in the process to become and maintain being king. Without the weird sisters prophesies to Macbeth does he even embark on his murderous rampage? We learn quickly that Macbeth is a brave and noble warrior, so it doesn’t seem likely that after King Duncan named him Thane of Cawdor he would plot the murder of him after. Though shortly before his promotion the weird sisters do prophecies to him that he will become Thane and later King.
A story of tragedy is not uncommon with William Shakespeare and his works of prose. In his plays, death and despair is more likely than honor and prosperity. This is an included facet to Macbeth as well, having sinister themes of greed, manipulation, and brutality. Macbeth, by the infamous playwright, Shakespeare, presents us with multiple aspects factoring into whether the main character controls his actions that lead to the tragic events. The three witches introduced to the reader were the initial characters to plant the seed of greed in Macbeth’s mind.
Sooner on, the witches predict that Macbeth will be the future king. This leads Macbeth to kill King Duncan( the current King on the throne), on the very night the witches’ foretell the prophecy. *Evil characters who create turmoil Macbeth, who is the central figure in this play, is identified as the tragic hero. Despite him starting out as a simple content soldier, in this scene, we see him unravel. Macbeth contemplates murdering king Duncan, and it horrifies him.
After the three witches inform Macbeth that he will be king, Lady Macbeth finds out and wants Macbeth to kill King Duncan. “Shall sun that morrow see! Your face,my thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters. (1.5.60-63). At first, Macbeth does not want to do it, but Lady Macbeth persuades him to do it by telling him that he isn’t a man if does not do as she says.
(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
In the play Macbeth, by Shakespeare, a frightful prophecy is delivered to Macbeth and his comrade in arms Banqo, which threatens the future of Macbeth’s kingship. Three witches tell both that while Macbeth will become king, it is Banqo’s children who will ascend to the throne, not Macbeth’s. Macbeth fears not only this terrible prophecy but Banqo’s skillful ability to weather any storm unscathed. He also realizes the terrible decision to kill Duncan, which will not help him, but will help Banqo. Macbeth deeply regrets his murder of Duncan because he realizes that Banqos stratagem is so superior that he will have to make no sacrifices to ensure his son’s kingship, while Macbeth had to endure so much pain only to gain an unfruitful kingship.