There is no doubt that the witches predictions and apparitions in the tragedy by William Shakespeare, "Macbeth" does not just play a significant role - in fact, at first glance, witches determine the development of the plot. There are three apparitions that the witches use trick Macbeth and drive the plot. However, the meaning of the prophecies in the tragedy is much more serious than it appears at a superficial glance with the work of the writer. But before proceeding to the analysis and prediction of their impact on the course of events, attention should be paid to the images of the witches, who predict Macbeth becoming king.
In this Shakespeare tragedy, all is very dramatic and mysterious. In the beginning, the witches discuss when they will meet again, and decide to hook up.
(Act I, Scene I, Line 3-4)
“When the hurly-burly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won.”
And than all three witches go back to their supernatural business.
(Act I, Scene I, Line 12)
“Fair is foul and foul is fair”
Macbeth and Banquo, commanders of Scottish King Duncan's army, they met three witches in the fog amid thunder and lightening. The witches image are fantastic, they look like not woman or man. They did usual witchy stuff: one was killing a swine; another was making some poor sailor life miserable. They were going to help by depriving him of sleep.
(Act I, Scene III, Line 2,4 page13 and Line19)
“Killing swine”, “A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap”, I’ll drain him dry as hey.” When witches hearing Macbeth is approach, the witches dance around in a circle.
(Act I, Scene III, Line 31, 32) “ A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come.”
Copyright tragedy gives the witches attributes that the medieval legends require to portray them as evil. For them, the important characters are meowing cat and croaking toads. At sunset, they are going to cook Arcane Potion sinister ingredients. In short, Shakespeare portrayed the typical member of the Sabbath night. However, the grotesque outfit of the "midnight black witches” hides a powerful and menacing ancient goddesses of fate, who were called differently. Even the word "witch" has not always been a pronounced negative sense – long ago, it meant "knowing" or “to know” from the ancient word "Veda." To their ugly appearances, Shakespeare has made the characters believable to the Christian faith as they perform ancient pagan rituals. Macbeth and Banquo are uncertain what to make out of their encounter with the witches. Are they to be believed or are they mentally disturbed individuals.
(Act I, Scene III, Line 51, 52, 53)
“All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!”
“All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!”
“All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”
And Macbeth is confused: (Act I, Scene III, Line 74, 75)
“I know I am Thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives.”
The concept of destiny or prophecy is not new as ancient writers repeatedly played up stories in which the hero is doomed....