Monday, April 15th, 2013
The Witches as the Ultimate Puppet Masters in Macbeth
Controlled by three puppet masters, Macbeth is merely a marionette without any real control over his ultimate downfall. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, tells a story of a once highly respected man that falls into the depths of darkness by abandoning his true self for power. Macbeth meets three witches that bear three prophecies, the most significant being that he will become king. When Macbeth becomes nervous about his security, he revisits the witches where he receives false reassurance that leads to his downfall. Therefore, if Macbeth had not been susceptible to the witches’ and their plot, he would not have killed his king, killed his friend and believed he was untouchable. The witches’ foretelling of Macbeth’s future promotion to king peaks his curiosity and leads to actions that ultimately results in the killing of the current king. The first witch chants to Macbeth and Banquo while they are walking to Duncan’s castle in Forres, “‘All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.’” (1.3.53) The statement introduces the turning point of the story, where Macbeth begins to consider despicable deeds in order to fulfill the prophecies. He knows that the sisters have a reputation of knowing the unknown. Although he appears skeptical at first, achieving the first and second prophecies allows Macbeth to completely reject his suspicions, thus prompting him to kill the king. Though Macbeth could have thought of the idea of murder on his own, the pronouncement and insertion of the witches’ prophecies into his head, and the completion of first two, convey false confidence to Macbeth, persuading him to believe this is his destined fate. The witches do not force actions upon Macbeth rather they pray on his weakness and his lust for power in order to manipulate his judgment to achieve what they desire. The witches use...
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