Analysis Of The Three Witches In Macbeth

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In Shakespeare’s well-known play Macbeth, the minor characters The Three Witches otherwise known as the three weird sisters, prey on Macbeth’s ambition to be king. They do so by pushing their supernatural power and understanding of others weakness to explain their prophecy and watch it unfold. It is often argued if the witches inherent wickedness caused Macbeth 's downward spiral, or did they just spoil him with his future reign and his underlying tendencies causes his eventual death? The witches are are interesting antagonist that Shakespeare chose to write against Macbeth. Although, we are unsure if all of the scenes that the witches are in were written by Shakespeare, the witches still hold a key part in the play regardless. The reader …show more content…
“How did you dare/To trade and traffic with Macbeth/In riddles and affairs of death,” (III.v.3-5). Hecate is frustrated with the three weird sisters meddling with Macbeth by showing him the prophecy. Although, Hecate believes that Macbeth’s behavior is disappointing because of the way he handled seeing the prophecy. Hecate decides that the three witches must handle Macbeth and his overconfidence towards the witches. “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear/His hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace, and fear./And you all know security/Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” (III.v.30-33). The witches start to become the temptations of evil rather than just informing one of their fate. Their wickedness and supernatural power shows up more in Act 4, Scene 1 by offering Macbeth to see his future rather than just hear about it. The witches are preying on Macbeth’s weakness of wanting to stay in power so badly that he will do anything to have it. “Say if thou’dst rather hear it from our mouths, Or from our masters.” (IV.i.61-62). The witches are pushing Macbeth to see his future while trying to deceive him at the same time. If the witches show Macbeth what his future holds he will be all knowing, which can be negative towards Macbeth. The same would hold true if Macbeth just hears about the prophecy, he will end up taking the same measures he did when he found out about …show more content…
Macbeth chooses to see what his future holds and the witches warn him to be fearful of Macduff, which causes Macbeth to ruin his life even further by murdering Macduff’s family. “Beware Macduff,/Beware the Thane of Fife.” (IV.i.72). The witches warned Macbeth intentionally knowing that he will do anything in order to keep his new found power, causing him to continue his spiral downwards. Macbeth decides to go against Macduff and the only way that he can save himself is to murder Macduff’s entire family. After the murder of Macduff’s family, Macduff ends up killing Macbeth and his short reign of power is now

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