Macbeth (Witches Effect) Essay

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Topic: How important are the witches to Macbeth? Discuss the effects of the witches on character, plot, themes and audience.

In the play of ‘Macbeth' by William Shakespeare the witches have an important effect on Macbeth, the characters, the plot, the theme and the audience. They help construct the play and without them it would have been a totally different story line. The three weird sisters influence Macbeth in his acts, they effect characters lives, orientate the plot, they are related to most of the themes and appeal the audience's attention.

The witches have a strong effect on Macbeth's character; they highly influence him in his accomplishments and awake his ambitions. They give Macbeth a
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The witches are essential to the play ‘Macbeth', and without them the plot of the play might be totally different, Macbeth might not kill Duncan and so on. By introducing the witches at the beginning of the play, Shakespeare makes us understand that they will orientate the development of the play. The witches do not have an influence on the plot, they create the plot. They are the ones who gave a purpose to the play by starting off the way they did, promising Macbeth something a human being cannot resist, power. The plot of the play wouldn't have been the same without the witches' intervention, Macbeth would not have thought about killing Duncan and the whole story line would have been different.

They are several themes in the play ‘Macbeth', most of them are related to the witches, or happen because of what the witches predict. In the play there is blood, a lot of deaths, murders etc. By predicting his future to Macbeth, the witches influence him to kill people. Another theme which is influenced by the witches is the transformation of a noble, kind, loyal man to an evil, murderer, disloyal one. The supernatural aspect of the play is occasionally caused by their sayings. ‘Is this dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?' (Act 2 Scene 2) Macbeth imagines a dagger in front of him because the witches to push him to commit evil