The Witches Advancement Of The Character In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Witches Advancement of the Plot Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in the setting of Scotland during the medieval times. Macbeth is a nobleman with an exceptional amount of character flaws, one being his ambition. The witch’s knowledge of this flaw allows them to mislead Macbeth in actions that later develop the plot of the play. The witches advance the plot by motivating Macbeth to kill Duncan and Banquo, and later leading Macbeth to an arrogance in battle against Macduff. Three witches first appear to Macbeth and Banquo in Act I to reveal the men’s futures. The witches inform Macbeth of every title he will hold during his lifetime, thus leading to the downfall of Macbeth. The witches state all hail Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and king hereafter …show more content…
The witches then tell Macbeth of three different prophecies. The first is to beware of Macduff in England, which Macbeth has already assumed. The witches then tell Macbeth no man born of woman can defeat him. Lastly the witches say, Macbeth cannot be defeated until Great Birnam Wood gets up and moves to Dunsinane Hill (Macbeth 4.1.90-94). The witches are deceiving Macbeth and making him think he is indestructible. Macbeth learns that Macduff and Malcolm are coming to battle against him. This fulfills the witches’ prophecies, in one article it says, “Also their references to no man born of woman (Macduff), and till Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane are further examples,” (“What are Some” 1). Macbeth’s arrogance leads him to make foolish decisions during the battle which gives Macduff a greater advantage. Macduff reveals to Macbeth he was delivered by cesarean section and not by a woman’s birth canal thus, fulfilling the witches’ prophecies. Because of what the witches reveal to Macbeth, it over all drives Macbeth to an unhealthy amount of confidence, which leads to his defeat in battle against Macduff and

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