Shakespeare used the knowledge of the public’s fear and interest in the supernatural to his advantage with casting the 3 witches in the play. This drew the Elizabethan audience in. There foul and evilness added mystery and curiosity to the play for the audience as most of what they were seeing on stage was believed to be real..The fear created by the 3 witches engaged the audience and questioned the thoughts on what is real and what is supernatural. Also King James 1st was interested in demonology and Shakespeare could have made the witches to please the king. The king would also have liked the play as it was showing treachery towards the king will end in death one way or another.
Macbeth is associated with the witches as they are waiting for him and their riddles mirror his opening remark to Banquo. Jack is the leader of the choir who, when first introduced, are associated with darkness and presented as some kind of a creature/beast. Both presentations of Macbeth and Jack in the beginning of both texts creates a negative atmosphere where the readers already think of them as bad characters who will do wrong, this is down to the presentational devices of the writer who has decided to portray the characters purposely in that particular way. In both texts, power is linked with the breakdown of morality. Both Macbeth and Jack desire power too much, they get hungry for it and it becomes a corrupting force.
“(1.3.47-49) These three lines are extremely crucial to the play because it gives Macbeth his beginning thoughts toward receiving the throne. Shakespeare made the witches deceive Macbeth and Banquo who begin to believe they are invincible and have much to look forward to. This proves misogyny in Shakespeare because it ultimately put the witches to blame for all the horrible events in the play. Shakespeare also portrays his misogyny through Macbeth as he belittles the witches by saying, “How now, you secret, black and midnight hags.” (4.1.47) In Shakespeare’s era, chivalry and respect toward women was big. By having a character in his play say this to three so called women, seems
The idea of the witches representing manifestation of human desires is a key element as they can be seen as the “alcohol” that “hinders performance”; they stimulate Macbeths desire to be king to such an extent that his own “black” desires cause his ultimate demise. His drive to be King is to some extent ironic as the medieval ages perceived the King to be a representative of God. This creates a sense of irony due to the fact that Macbeth befriends the representatives of the Devil, believes their predictions and commits great sins in order to gain power as a representative of God. To some extent it can also be said that
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, light and dark play a big role in the dualities of the characters, the setting and the imagery throughout the play. Macbeth begins with three witches talking about when to meet again. These witches are evil by nature and represent evil throughout the book. The head of these witches states in her first line, “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lighting or in rain?” (I. i.
The witches sound evil and many fear them because of their powers and witchery. They also want Macbeth to be king by saying, “Hail, Hail!” when he walks in. The witches know that this will make him anxious, in which it does. These three hags can also be portrayed as Fates in the mythology state. February 1, 2012 “When shall we three meet again?
Some theories suggest that Macbeth was influenced by the supernatural but some believe that Macbeth himself was responsible for his actions and inevitable downfall. Macbeth ignores the voice of his own psyche and let himself carried away by the predictions of the witches. He is aware that he is going to commit a murder, but nevertheless he lets himself mislead by the three weird sisters and his own wife Lady Macbeth. The ghost and the apparitions also influenced Macbeth a lot. We say
True Horror and Macbeth Long before the modern thriller and horror movies, Shakespeare put pen to paper writing one of the most terrifying works of literature. Macbeth has terrified audiences for centuries as it still does today. Written in 1606, Macbeth was far beyond its time when it comes to deep psychological horror stories. The word horror appears in this play more than any other work of Shakespeare (Tambling). Shakespeare opens the door into the minds of two characters and lets us watch their lives as they undergo intense mental torture and slowly deteriorate.
In the beginning Macbeth was a good hero however he became overly ambition as a result of the three witches’ prophecy. He doesn’t switch between good and evil like Dr Jekyll however he becomes more evil as the play progressed. Macbeth had a plan to achieve and he would destroy anything and anyone that gets in his way, even his best friend Banquo. On the other hand Jekyll
Who is responsible for Macbeth’s downfall? In everyday life, people tend to pressure others into making wrong decisions. In Macbeth, Shakespeare successfully portrays Macbeth, whose life is full of sorrow and crime from the foolish decisions he makes. However, most of his mistakes are made under the influence of other evil forces. His series of crimes begins with the witches planting the idea of murder the king in his head.