Importantce Of The Witches In Macbeth

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The weird sisters played a crucial part in the continuation of “Macbeth”. They pour half-truths into his willing ear, telling him only what he wants to know. Once Macbeth’s mind was completely lost, they delved even deeper, and took total control. Macbeth was merely a puppet to them; something that they could control that would only affect his life. Even though the witches were unable to directly affect his decisions, they were able to guide him to do their bidding simply by playing to his one weakness: ambition. Once Macbeth believed that he could achieve what he thought he deserved, the idea would not leave his mind. Eventually, the battle between his heart and his mind was over, and ...view middle of the document...

iii. 50, 51). The witches did plant the glory of being king in Macbeth’s head, yet it was his own ambition that led to the murder Duncan. The witches have no control over Macbeth. They can tell the future, and add temptation, yet in the end, it was Macbeth’s final decision to kill Duncan. Macbeth was not strong enough to resist the enticing glory, and he succumbed to the temptation. Macbeth was leery of the prophecy, yet then he becomes the Thane of Cawdor. Because the first part of the prophecy came true, this permits Macbeth to put more belief in the words of the witches. Macbeth did not contemplate the fact that his actions in battle were the only cause of his newfound title. The witches are solely responsible for launching the idea. When Duncan is dead and Banquo as well, Macbeth loses his mind. The lack of sleep for such an extended period, as well as the guilt for his actions weakens the defenses around his mentality. This allows the witches deeper penetration into his mind. They are then able to convince him that he is invincible, and no one can defeat him. The weird sisters may have beguiled Macbeth; it was his own actions that were the death of him.
The weird sisters laid clear the path that Macbeth followed to his death. “…for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” (IV. i. 82-83). The witches use certain apparitions to allow Macbeth a false sense of security. Hecate, the evil goddess, directs them to make Macbeth...

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