Macbeth: The Weird Sisters
In Elizabethan times, witches were a natural part of life. Macbeth
witnessed this, as seen in the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The evil
forces that the weird sisters, who were witches, possessed, put Macbeth's mind
in another direction. This direction was the beginning of his moral downfall
and the destruction of his destiny. The weird sisters warned Macbeth of this in
the three apparitions but he continued living his life without realizing that
they were speaking of him.
Without the weird sisters, Macbeth would have ...view middle of the document...
While the witches never said this,
Macbeth assumed that that was what they meant and the subsequent murder of
Duncan was carried out by Macbeth himself, but, he also ordered special
murderers to kill Banquo, Lady Macduff and her children. The murder and
bloodshed had absolutely nothing to do with the witches. Macbeth acted totally
out of his own will and beliefs.
Although Macbeth murdered Duncan, it was not planned and thought out.
When Macbeth heard the prediction given to him by the three witches, he wrote a
letter to his wife (Lady Macbeth). On reading this letter, Lady Macbeth
believed that if Macbeth murdered Duncan he would take his place at the Throne.
Lady Macbeth did not know that Duncan thought of her husband as a hero and
really wanted him to be Thane of Cawdor, as the original traitor would be killed.
When Macbeth returned home, Lady Macbeth told him that he must kill Duncan and
persuaded him by calling him a coward.
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
and live a coward in thine own esteem.
(Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 42-43)
Macbeth gave in to his wife and killed Duncan, only because he was a very proud
man and had too much pride. Eventually Lady Macbeth's conscience took over her
and she committed suicide.
The witches ruined Macbeth's life with the temptation that led him to
become a murderer. Knowing that they ruined his life they then wanted to ruin
his death. They told him their three prophecies. The apparitions predicted the
death of Macbeth, but he was too blind to realize. They told him about an armed
head, which said to beware of Macduff. They also said "a bloody child," which
meant no man born of a woman could harm him. The third apparition told him
there would be a child crowned with a tree in his hand. This meant that Macbeth
would live until great Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane Hill.
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;
Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.