macbeth Essay

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Macbeth, the shortest surviving tragedy play, and the known writer William Shakespeare, alerts the audience to the quandary of knowing one’s destiny and wanting to control the future. Through the setting, plot, and characterization, Shakespeare displays the theme of” foul is fair and fair is foul”. Insinuate that things are not always as they appear (all that glitters is not gold); this implies on the characters of the play, they are not as they seem to be. The three witches are the ones who initiated the inconsistency that is showed through out the play .the theme affects these characters because, they boast of the future, but they seem to follow the opposite path of their own words. The witches only speak of the truth of what will happen. Macbeth refers to the Witches as the Weird Sisters. The word "Weird" comes from an old English word "wyrd," which means "fate." In Macbeth's case, the prophecies serve only to suggest the future, and not to affect it. They do not predict that he will commit murder to be king but only that he will become king. For instance, they all hail Macbeth as the king by saying, “All hail, Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter!” Even if the witches were extant, Macbeth would have somehow become king because of his fate. Where as Banquo Has a contrary case with the witches because he did not actively act upon their prediction that he will be the father of kings. Regardless of his in action the prophecy Becomes to be true. The Witches themselves are corporally a paradox because of their ambiguous, vague and confusing appearance. Banquo gives a description of the Witches’ appearance to Macbeth by saying, “So withered, and so wild in their attire, that look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ earth And yet are on ‘t?... You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so.” Macbeth interprets that they “seem’d

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