The Weird Sisters In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The Weird Sisters, or better known as the witches, prophecy drives Macbeth’s thirst for power and enable Lady Macbeth to pursue her true ambitions. Historically, witches were denounced during Shakespearean time. Through placing Macbeth in the mindset of “he can have whatever he wants”, they effectively guide him on the path of his own destruction. This follows the pattern of temptation attributed to the Devil, who is believed to be in a person's mind, which he or she might either indludge or reject. Macbeth indulges in the temptation, while Banquo continuously rejects it. Shakespeare used the witches to represent the supernatural destructive force as a way to throw the natural order out of routine. At the time in which the play was written, …show more content…
Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff. Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough” (4.1.73-74). Macbeth starts to grasp the fact Malcolm fits the apparition, and he questions if Malcolm really does fulfills the prophecy as he starts to wonder, “ What’s the boy Malcolm? Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus: ‘Fear not, Macbeth. No man that’s born of woman Shall e'er have power upon thee’” (5.3.4-9) (Macbeth Speech) . Macbeth realizes that the witches spells made apparitions appear, but those apparitions spoke half-truths. The witches served as an important role in the downfall of Macbeth. Most crucially, they are equivocating evil spirits, but they with their honesty. The witches seem to have some control of the destinies of certain characters in the play, however they also seem to covet the idea to manipulate Macbeth into committing immoral and evil acts by convincing him that the prophecies were true. Ross and Angus deliver the news to Macbeth that, “And, for an earnest of a greater honor, He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor: In which addition, hail, most worthy thane, For it is thine” (1.3.105-109). This is almost immediately after the witches proclaim their apparitions, Ross and Angus meet with Banquo and Macbeth. They decide to hail Macbeth as the new Thane of Cawdor. Thus leading Macbeth to be convinced that the prophecies are

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