Macbeth and Witches Essay

Submitted By NadineBeck
Words: 698
Pages: 3

English Revision Sheet –
Macbeth meets the witches: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are on the same wavelength – so that they can almost read each other's thoughts when they are apart from each other. Planning the murder: Their relationship becomes even more intense - a passionate, obsessive, almost sexual excitement exists between them at this time. The morning after the murder: Lady Macbeth appears shocked by Macbeth's killing of the guards. Suddenly she feels that the situation is getting out of control and Macbeth is becoming even more violent. This is the first time we sense they are growing apart from each other. After the coronation: The time before the banquet is troubled. They are not sleeping. Macbeth begins to plan and think alone and shuts out Lady Macbeth from his thoughts. The banquet: Lady Macbeth can do nothing to help him. At the end of the scene, she and her husband are no longer a partnership. He is determined to go back to the witches; all she can do is try to make him normal again. After the banquet: There follows a long period when all Lady Macbeth can do is watch as Macbeth continues killing. Lady Macbeth's madness and death: the isolation and the guilt have driven her mad. Macbeth's death: Macbeth realises that his life no longer has any meaning and calmly faces his own death at the hands of Macduff. As soon as she's finished reading, she has decided she will make sure Macbeth is king: It's as if she and her husband are thinking exactly the same thing. She does not hesitate for a moment.
Lady Macbeth invites the spirits of evil to enter her: She knows she has to steel herself, that the murder will need evil power, and evil is not naturally within her.
She knows immediately that murdering Duncan is the only way of quickly achieving her goal: When Macbeth brings further news that Duncan is actually coming to spend that night with them, it becomes clear that her role is to seize the moment and facilitate her husband's rise to kingship. The witches speak dangerous thoughts that Macbeth is thinking himself: This is probably the most important point. His reaction is as if someone has read his mind. Macbeth immediately takes one step towards the kingship: Macbeth is excited by the witches' words, but when he receives news that he is now Thane of Cawdor, he has proof that they know the future and he begins to believe them. Macbeth is essentially a…