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How are the witches portrayed and what influence do they have along the play?

In Macbeth, the witches seem to be confusing figures. They are portrayed as dark, eccentric, and strangely amusing creatures. It doesn’t show that they have that much importance early on, but after finishing the play and comprehending, we see that the witches have done a lot. We can deduce that the “weird sisters” specifically implant ideas in Macbeth’s head, which later influence him by giving him all types of information that eventually affect his way of handling guilt, and other emotions that put him on the edge of sanity. The witches know that Macbeth will be bad, it is not enounced why, but it is put in head that he is. This example shows the fact that the witches do not have the role of Macbeth’s sanity, but do as Macbeth’s bad influences. The witches wish to receive complete attention from Macbeth, we can see that they use ways to accomplish this, as when the Witches tell him that he will be Thane of Cawdor, and then King. Here they feed the secret desire he had shared only with Lady Macbeth. With this knowledge, Macbeth’s character changed slowly from good to evil. This shows the fact that the witches know what is Macbeths dark desire. By them knowing this we see the fact that they don’t just have some understanding into Macbeths inner knowing, but we also get the fact that they have an interest in Macbeth, shown by giving him information that will trigger his ambition. The fact of these characters being witches foreshadows the idea of this play containing other supernatural things, which we the reader come across later on in the play.
In Act four, Macbeth decided that he was going to visit the witches again. It was here that Macbeth was given three other prophecies. The first one warned Macbeth of Macduff. The second apparition stated that any man born of woman could not kill Macbeth. The third apparition said

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