William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - The Witches Essay

1359 Words Apr 7th, 2016 6 Pages
In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare introduces an element of fantasy into his tragedy through the characters of The Witches. The Witches are important figures in the play, as their function is both to predict Macbeth’s fate and to signal what is to come. The Witches help focus on some of the darker and more sinister aspects of the play. The Witches represent chaos, conflict and darkness, which are features of tragedy. They tell Macbeth predictions that seem fool proof, but in fact are not and lead Macbeth to his downfall while manipulate and deceiving him as well for their own game. The Witches seem to take many forms in the play and predicts the play itself.
The Witches are instrumental in creating the overall tone and mood to the play, notably in the first act when thunder occurs and The Witches appear. The Witches plan to meet again and as they departure say “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. (ACT 1 SC 1 10-11).” The Witches have already created the tone for the play when the audience later finds out that The Witches have control over Macbeth. For the rest of the play Shakespeare wants to inform his audience that The Witches are what control the play and the mood of the play. Later Macbeth says to Banquo “So foul and fair a day I have not seen. (ACT 1 SC 3 36).” Shakespeare creates the illusion that The Witches can control someone before they have met. Before the audience is introduced to Macbeth he has already been…

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