Macbeth: The Weird SistersIn Elizabethan times, witches were a natural part of life. Macbethwitnessed this, as seen in the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare.
The evilforces that the weird sisters, who were witches, possessed, put Macbeth’s mindin another direction. This direction was the beginning of his moral downfalland the destruction of his destiny. The weird sisters warned Macbeth of this inthe three apparitions but he continued living his life without realizing thatthey were speaking of him.Without the weird sisters, Macbeth would have lived a very differentlife. It is unknown whether it would have been better or worse. The weirdsisters affected Macbeth in the worst way.
They tempted him by addressing himas Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and future king, without ordering him to doanything to obtain these positions.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. (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 48-50) With thisinformation Macbeth was provided with incentive to kill Duncan the King ofScotland. He was tempted into believing that if the King was murdered, he wasto become what the witches predicted. While the witches never said this,Macbeth assumed that that was what they meant and the subsequent murder ofDuncan was carried out by Macbeth himself, but, he also ordered specialmurderers to kill Banquo, Lady Macduff and her children. The murder andbloodshed had absolutely nothing to do with the witches.
Macbeth acted totallyout 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 aletter to his wife (Lady Macbeth). On reading this letter, Lady Macbethbelieved 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 andreally 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 andpersuaded 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 proudman and had too much pride. Eventually Lady Macbeth’s conscience took over herand she committed suicide.The witches ruined Macbeth’s life with the temptation that led him tobecome a murderer. Knowing that they ruined his life they then wanted to ruinhis death. They told him their three prophecies. The apparitions predicted thedeath of Macbeth, but he was too blind to realize. They told him about an armedhead, which said to beware of Macduff.
They also said “a bloody child,” whichmeant no man born of a woman could harm him. The third apparition told himthere would be a child crowned with a tree in his hand. This meant that Macbethwould live until great Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane Hill.Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.
(Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 71-72) Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!… (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 77)Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scornThe power of man, for none of woman bornShall harm Macbeth. (Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 79-81)Be lion-mettl’d, proud, and take no careWho chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are:Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be untilGreat Birnam Wood to Dunsinane HillShall come against him. (Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 90-94)With the apparitions telling him this, it showed everybody, besides Macbeth,that his destiny had been destroyed by one temptation, given to him by thewitches, and that his life was over.The weird sisters’ evil forces and power affected Macbeth’s moraldownfall by giving him reason to kill, which eventually killed him.
The sistersknew about the three apparitions, and that they were about Macbeth. Also thatMacduff was not born of a woman. Macbeth’s destiny was observed early in theplay, but only to the audience, when the apparitions told him of theirprophecies. By the time Macbeth realized what was happening, it was too lateand he was beheaded. English