Macbeth

By: Grant Hutchings

The Weird Sisters and Their Wicked Plot

The Witches in Macbeth are reasonable for the deep hole Macbeth fall into on his great downfall into insanity. I believe this after reading the play because Macbeth, at least the story never said, had the ambition to be king until the Sisters told him of their prophecy. After the witches said, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" Macbeth, convinced by his wife, goes onto commit terrible acts including: killing king Duncan and Banquo (Shakespeare 19). This would never have happened unless the witches had said what they had said because as stated before he was not even thinking about becoming king. Later in the play again the witches strike by conquering apparitions that fool Macbeth into thinking he's invincible by saying, "The pow'r of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" (Shakespeare 121) . This makes Macbeth over confident and leads to his death. The way I know it leads to his death is because later in the play Macbeth says, "I bear a charmed life, that must no yield to one of women born" (Shakespeare 179). Saying this, he is over confident and uncautious going into his fight with Macduff, were he losses his life to Macduff's sword.
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This piece of art shows who i think is to blame for Macbeth's downfall: the witches. They put the idea in his head that he would be king and he goes onto commit his terrible acts. The quote "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" shows them putting the idea in his head.

Literacy Devices in Macbeth

Foreshadowing: gives hints to the reader on what will happen later in the book.

Ex: Macbeth knows there is an army marching against him and he goes to the witches for assurance that he will be able to win the coming battle. The witches conjure up apparitions that tell Macbeth, "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him" (Shakespeare 123). I know this is foreshadowing because later in the book Birnam Woods do come against him, and right after so does his defeat.


Comic Relief: inclusion of a humorous character, scene,or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension.

Ex: Right after the serous scene of Macbeth killing Duncan and the two guards, Macduff and Lennox meet a drunken porter and they joke about him having too much to drink. "...I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometimes, yet I made a shift to cast him" explains the basic humor of the scene that is intended to relieve some of the tension of the earlier scenes in the play.


Aside: when the character says something but it was not supposed to be heard by the other characters even though the audience can hear what is said.

Ex: "[Aside] Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day" (Shakespeare 25). This gives private information to the audience that the author does not want the other characters to know but wants us to.

The Witches' Cousin in OZ

The movie The Wizard of Oz is very similar to Macbeth. The Wicked Witch of the West tries to deter Dorthy off her path very similarly to what the Weird sisters did in Macbeth. The Wicked Witch of the West uses things in her control to control what Dorthy does like the sisters do with their apparitions.

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_(1939_film)