How Do the Witches Affect Macbeth in Act1 Scene 3?

Topics: Macbeth, Poetry, Three Witches Pages: 2 (401 words) Published: February 10, 2009
Shakespeare shows the influence of the witches by using paradoxes such as “Lesser than Macbeth and greater” and “Not so happy, yet much happier.” Shakespeare also uses imagery in act 1 scene 3 when he says “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” Shakespeare uses different live variations of lines such as in some lines he writes in prose (free form writing), that of a poem (where the lines end in rhyming couplets) and iambic pentameter which is the common metrical forms in English poetry today. He writes “lesser than Macbeth,..” and “..yet much happier” which Is an example of iambic pentameter.

Decisions are always hard to make, but have to be made everyday. People tend to put pressure on others to force them to make the wrong decisions because at the beginning Macbeth is sceptical of the witches “Upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting”. Macbeth is influenced greatly by these people because he refuses to listen to his conscience. He starts out as a strong man but when he encounters the witches his whole attitude changes to that of a greedy man.

Macbeth’s downfall is not only caused by his own thoughts but largely by the influences of the three witches. Although he takes the action that leads to his downfall, he perhaps would not have done this if the witches had not told him that he would be king. The witches are more responsible for Macbeth's downfall than he is. The witches tell Macbeth “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! / All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” Before hearing the witch's prophecies, Macbeth had never in his wildest dreams thought of killing King Duncan to become King himself.

So, in my conclusion the affect on Macbeth that the Witches have is intended to end badly. The way the witches tell the fortunes of Macbeth which leave him sceptical of what they say but when the first comes true, it opens Macbeth’s eyes to what the...
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