Role of the Witches in Macbeth

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The Tragedy of Macbeth The ominous theme that echoes throughout the play reminds the reader of the constant struggle between the natural and supernatural forces in Macbeth. The prophecy of the three witches set the play in motion. With these prophecies, the weird sisters exert control over every aspect of Macbeth’s life. This might cause one to question whether Macbeth’s actions were motivated just by the prophecy. In the end, the temptation to carry out the witch's prophecy force Macbeth to follow a path drenched in blood, a choice he did not make. The witches reveal themselves in three forms include that of Lady Macbeth and the emotions of Macbeth himself. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth’s actions are driven by his need to dominate over Lady Macbeth,temptation, and violence.
Although not one of the three witches, Lady Macbeth can be seen as one. Her relationship with Macbeth represents Macbeth’s struggle to control his destiny. Lady Macbeth is one of the physical manifestations of the witches. She displays several traits of a witch. First, she is impotent, a condition believed to be caused by soccery. Macbeth is at first skeptical of the witches’ claims. Lady Macbeth’s aggressive persuasion forces him to fulfill the prophecies. Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeth's masculinity by aggressively pursuing the prophecies, and taunting him saying “When you durst do it, then you were a man”(Shakespeare, 366). This forces Macbeth to act according to the will of Lady Macbeth to establish his dominance. Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to aid her in her plot to overcome her husband's reluctance and force him to kill Duncan. She even claims that she would have done the deed had Duncan not reminded her of her father. “Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to overcome her husband's reluctance”(Riedel, Web). This further irritates Macbeth, by now Macbeth is fully

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