Their effect in rendering the dark, murky atmosphere is acheived in the highest degree. They affect Macbeth's state of mind and encourage him, ultimately, to do actions he would have dubitably done on his own. The only possible motive is that causing trouble is what they are meant to do because they are witches. They can use sieves as boats, and they can assume the shape of an animal, but with a defect, as with the tailless rat. In this essay I plan to explore each and everyway this can be deduced. The legacy of this body of work is immense. Before this news reaches Macbeth, he meets the witches in Act 1 Scene 3.
The scene ends with the witches planning to meet with Macbeth and sharing with him his fate. The play offers no easy answers. It is easier for Macbeth and his wife to believe in prophecy rather than in free will. Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. They were considered evil, ugly and vindictive.
Even as Lady Macbeth was influenced by the suggestion of these witches, she did show some moral hesitation. However, the meaning of the prophecies in the tragedy is much more serious than it appears at a superficial glance with the work of the writer. The real Lady Duncan appears and denounces Macbeth as a traitor. The witches are based on a variety of ideas about witches at the time. It is now apparent that the effect of generating imagery is extremely important in the establishment of the mood and perception of an audience. This ambition would become so strong that he would go through extreme measures to achieve what he wanted.
The witches had supernatural powers like controlling the weather, due to the fact every time the witches are present in the scene there is always thunder or lightening which creates a spooky atmosphere. Four of these predictions are realized during the action, but one is not. They manage to convert the soul of a good but potentially flawed man and it demonstrates their power. There are three apparitions that the witches use trick Macbeth and drive the plot. The witches told Macbeth that he would be king, and he took this statement for granted. In Act 1 Scene 1 Shakespeare begins the play with the witches discussing when they should next meet. Though the witches do not deliberately tell Macbeth to kill , they use a subtle form of temptation when they inform Macbeth that he is destined to be king.
The common man may have wondered about the witches' tie to the other world and how much insight they have into the future or future possibilities that are beyond the range of normal human knowledge. He is easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned King of Scotland, he embarks on further atrocities with increasing ease. At the very beginning, the atmosphere that has been extensively discussed is contributed to the effect of the witches' presence. It is Macbeth's interpretation of the prophecies that incite his ambition and ultimately drive him to the worst betrayal - he murders his companion, Banquo, and attempts to murder Banquo's sons in order to prevent them from taking the throne. By placing this thought in his mind, they effectively guide him on the path to his own destruction.
Their presence contributes immensely to the atmosphere and to the plot development. As with earlier versions, the women are bystanders to the murder of Banquo, as well as 's sleepwalking scene. Then in their next scene,. He is almost endeavouring to commit evil. She recognizes that her husband is waffling about killing Duncan, so she wants to be prepared to take it on.
There were however strong arguments as to their non-existence in the same period. How have the Witches been interpreted? Finger of birth strangled babe Ditch-delivered by a drab Make the gruel thick and slab And thereto a tiger's chaudron For the ingredients of our cauldron. He remembers the witches' prophecy that Banquo son will be king so he arranged to have them killed. She rebukes her husband for leaving the family to pursue vengeance on Macbeth for killing Duncan. These grotesque images further make the atmosphere more detestable. The three prophecies appear in the form of apparitions which look very evil like a bloody child.
You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. King James showed a great interest in witches and powers of the supernatural and Macbeth was arguably written to impress the king in what were violent times. Quality of writing There are some issues with spelling and grammar, that need to be looked at, some sentences are worded badly and needed to be altered, particularly in the first paragraph. The murders of the king is his decision. Before meeting the witches, Macbeth is an honorable man who won favor from King Duncan for his courage in fighting in battle. At first Macbeth dismisses the idea of being king but then rethinks it.