Witches: are they real or just fairy tale; “Speak, if you can: what are you?” (Crowther). The first performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth was performed in April of 1610. Today generations are still reading this literary work of art. The witches in Macbeth are believed to be directly related to the beliefs of King James; he was a known believer in witchcraft during the Shakespearian Era in England (Mabillard). In the beginning of Macbeth, the witches trick Macbeth into believing that he was destined to become the king. By pulling in the factor of the witches, Shakespeare is alluding to a Mythological Greek goddess. ”William Shakespeare raises the stature of the witches in ‘Macbeth’ by connecting them symbolically with the classical goddess Hecate,” (DiMatteo). In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the witches were the key factor in the outcome of the play because they gave Macbeth the prophecies that he would fulfill by the end of the story.
The witches’ role in Macbeth is to set up the idea of free will or fate. They give Macbeth the three prophecies;
Macbeth: Speak, if you can: what are you?
Witch 1: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
Witch 2: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
Witch 3: All hail, Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter! (Crowther). suggesting that one day Macbeth will be the king instead of King Duncan. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth in a letter what he has heard from the witches; while reading the letter, Lady Macbeth becomes very excited and…