Macbeth essayAndrew Garton3-30-07In
, written by William Shakespeare, all the action and happenings are a result of the choices that Macbeth makes. Macbeth, however, does not always act upon his own free,independent thoughts. In fact, the reason that he becomes a fearless tyrant is not because he hadit planned out in his own head, it is because of what the witches told him. The witches are themain driving force of the play.The play does not begin with Macbeth fighting. It does not even start by introducingDuncan, the king of Scotland.
begins with three witches who talk about meeting withMacbeth. They say, “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Whenthehurly-burly’sdone. When the battle's lost and won. That will beerethe set of sun. Where
the place? Upon the heath. There to meet with Macbeth.” (Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 1-8). Thesestatements are made by witches and the effect is helped by the fact that the Elizabethans wereincredibly superstitious. They mention meeting up with Macbeth, but Macbeth does not actuallyenter. The fact that the witches introduce Macbeth and start the play is an example of thewitches’ strong presence and force in
, Macbeth kills Duncan. Without reading this, one could decide that Macbethhas his own, personal motive. Actually, the witches tell Macbeth, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail tothee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, thoushalt be king hereafter!” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines, 50-53) This prophecy of future nobility made by the witches disturbs Macbeth and makes him think. When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth in aletter about his encounter with them, Lady Macbeth decides that the king, Duncan, must be killedand Macbeth must do it. “The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan