1) How are important are the witches in the play? You could include discussion of: The witches' predictions
How other characters react to hearing the predictions
The type of atmosphere created by the witches
The first set of characters that affect Macbeth and begin the chain of the play are the three Weird Sisters. In the first scene they intend to go and meet Macbeth, There to meet with Macbeth (Act 1 Scene 1 line 8)
which implies that the witches don’t just happen to meet him. They organise, plot and scheme to go and meet him. It shows that its important for the witches to see Macbeth. “Fair is foul and foul is fair:”
(Act 1 scene 1 line 11)
This refers to an in version of values, evil to them is good and good is evil. So the witches mission is to turn every-thing on it’s head and turn good to evil. This could also be the reason why they choose Macbeth because he was good and this was the start of their mission. Two scenes later when Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witches for the first time on the heath, the witches don’t tell him anything directly. All they do is to greet him, FIRST WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! This is his current title.
SECOND WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. Which he doesn’t know yet, but has recently acquired this title as he finds out after his encounter with the witches. THIRD WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter. (Act 1, Scene 3, lines 46-48) This has not happened yet.
They leave Macbeth to interpret the greetings himself. They plant the seed of ambition into his mind when they predicted all glorious titles to him. They are very influential and can predict future, due to which Macbeth bases all of his decisions on what the witches have told him. When Macbeth has his second meeting with the witches, the scene where Macbeth goes to seek the help of the witches, and as they know he is coming they prepare a potion for him to drink. The witches...
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