Witches In Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth, the Witches play a bigger role than one might expect. The Witches are temptations of evil and with the witches’ mischief prey upon Macbeth’s ambition like puppeteers. The Witches give Macbeth numerous prophecies that are told to provoke Macbeth towards his doom. The prophecies give Macbeth thoughts of treason against the King, tells Macbeth to secure the kingdom from Banquo’s descendants, and give Macbeth the false courage that leads him to think he was invincible. If the witches’ prophecies did not guide Macbeth, his life would not have led to tragedy. When Macbeth first meets the Witches, they address him by three different names. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Glamis. All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane…show more content…
Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff; beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough” (4. 1. 71-72). The first prophecy states Macbeth should be wary of Macduff. The second apparition is shown to be a bloody child “be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the pow’r of man, for none of woman born, shall harm Macbeth” (4. 1. 79-81). The third apparition is a crowned child with a tree in its hand, who says that "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him" (4. 1. 107-09). The prophecy brings more confidence to Macbeth since he knows that a forest cannot move. Macbeth proceeds to ask his last question will Banquo's children ever rule Scotland? The cauldron sinks and a strange sound is heard. The witches now show Macbeth a procession of kings, the eighth of whom holds a mirror in his hand, followed by Banquo. As Banquo points at this line of kings, Macbeth realizes that the line is Banquo’s family line. After the witches dance and disappear, Lennox enters with the news that Macduff has fled to England. Macbeth will henceforth and acts immediately on his ambitions. The first step Macbeth will take is to seize the Thane of Fife and kill Macduff's wife and children. Macbeth’s ambitions will lead him to his ultimate mistake by willfully making brash decisions and not thinking…show more content…
The prophecies the Witches give do light up Macbeth’s ambition, however, it is up to Macbeth how to interpret and make the choices for himself. By the thoughts of treason against the King, tells Macbeth to secure the kingdom from Banquo’s descendants, and give Macbeth the false courage that leads him to think he was invincible. In the end, the play leaves the age-old question untold for people to ponder, was Macbeth’s fall inevitable or did Macbeth bring his path on himself through his

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