The opening scene of Macbeth is super short but it introduces the 3 most influential characters of the play.
The witches’ presence in the play is very small but they remain a constant and a powerful beings throughout.
This first scene establishes the witches’ connection to Macbeth. It makes the reader curious to discover who he is and also what is “the hurlyburly” (I, i, 3) that the witches discussed.
Shakespeare creates dramatic irony, in that he informs the reader that Macbeth does not have and will never have throughout the play a free action. Everything is going according to the witches, evil plan for him
The scene is set outside in a storm.
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Stage for the Witches:
Thunder is noted in all of the scenes featuring the witches. The witches themselves refer to the murky weather conditions.
They foreshadow the death and blood shed the story consists of
Language and style:
The witches always appear as a group and are never differentiated between.
They are almost like one being with multiple personality
Greek gods vs. Roman gods Each witch speaks a line, the the next witch continues the line creating a continuous rhyme. They often speak in unison as if they know what the others are thinking.
Same person theory
This amplifies their occult like quality. The witches’ language is a type of rhythmic incantation like a magic spell compared to the mannered speech of noblemen of other characters in the play. It is full of riddles and paradoxes. For Example: “when the battle's lost and won’ (I, i, 4)” This line leave the reader baffled.
It becomes clear the story involves, evil and subnormal creatures with peculiar values and morals.
The witches refer to their two familiars, “Graymalkin” and “Paddock”.
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Why does Shakespeare portray Macbeth as a brave and loyal soldier at the start of the play?
Act I, Scene iii
Once again, the witches enter the stage to the sounds of thunder.
They boast of their evil powers.
The third witch implies the limits of their power.
“Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest tossed (I, iii, 24–25)”.
As she talks about the sailor’s boat, she implies she cannot make the boat disappear, but only make his journey very unpleasant.
The limits of the witches’ power is important as the play continues.
As Macbeth approaches the hill, the witches recite another incantation to prepare their magic spell. Macbeth speaks: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen (I, iii, 38)”.
This is the first proof that the witches have some kind of power over Macbeth.
Even at this early scene of the play, he is unknowingly repeating their words. It is Banquo who first notices the witches and he is clearly suspicious of them.
The only sane main character. He describe them as “look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth (I, iii, 41)” and notes how they use various harsh