Witches, Confusion and Manifestations of Evil in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”


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Witches, Confusion and Manifestations of Evil in Shakespeare’s "Macbeth"
One of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, The Tragedy of
, follows the ambitious title character as he tries to gain power and keep himself safe from any forces of harm. One of the primary themes of the, that of evil and confusion or chaos, becomes evident very early, with the introduction of the Three Witches. Acting as one whole character, none of the three witches has an individual name; they function in a way that parallels a Greek Chorus from ancient dramas in that together the three witches speak the truth at the periphery of the play. The reader doesn’t know, however, if they are the causes of the painful events and evil deeds of the other characters...
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come to represent the center upon which that the tragedies – and deaths – that occur in the course of the play, pile up. The witches set the tone for the entire narrative of
life as an ambitious nobleman who wishes to become King of Scotland and keep the crown by any means necessary. They also help to push the humans in the play into further evil actions by contributing to the “toil and trouble” through their own potions. The confusion and chaos that permeates
stems in large part from the Three Witches actions over the course of the play. The details of how they influence each of the characters of the play, beyond that of
himself, could be explored at greater length were their time and
to do so.