Macbeth The Witches Role


English Coursework-‘Macbeth’
Explore the part played by the witches in the play 'Macbeth'. What influence do they have on the events of the play and do they contribute to the atmosphere and dramatic impact of the play? I believe, that even though the witches only appear in the play a few times, they play a very important role in 'Macbeth' they have a great deal of influence on not just the major characters, but many of the others, and I feel that the witches contribute to the overall atmosphere of the play dramatically. It is at the beginning of the play that we are introduced to the evil sisters, when they meet in an "open place" in "thunder and lightning". Right from the ...

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disastrous was to happen. The evil witches seem to be at ease in weather conditions such as these, and it appears that they also have control over the weather. We see the witches deciding which type of weather they should meet up again in, "when shall we three meet again, In thunder lightning or in rain?" These lines suggest that hey do in fact have control over the weather, and they also show that the witches appear to be comfortable in this type of weather. The three sisters decided to meet after the commotion is over, "When the hurlyburly's done When the battle is lost and won" The witches add, that they will meet "Upon the heath" and let us know that they will "meet with Macbeth" this first mention of Macbeth intrigues us as we know the story is somewhat about this man named 'Macbeth' and as the first we hear of him, comes from an evil witches' mouth, we wonder what Macbeth could possibly have to do with these evil creatures. The witches, we learn, speak in paradoxes and ...

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of Macbeth include "brave Macbeth" and "Valour's minion", Valour being the favourite God of courage. All this reveals that Macbeth was brave, loyal and valient.On the other hand, whenever we see the witches, they are practising their evil, and as a result, we view them as vengeful creatures. When Macbeth and Banquo are returning from the battle, having won it, Macbeth's first words are "So fair and foul a day I have not seen". By this he was describing the weather as "foul" and the fact that they won the battle as "fair". The irony of the particular sentence, however, is that it is almost echoed in what the witches say in Act 1 Scene 1 "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." This immediately ...

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