GCSE Coursework Essay Help: Analyse the presentation of the witches in Macbeth. Please help ?





I have written this so far but please i need it to be longer what else could i add what should i change in this what i have written etc any contributions arr very appreciated ! Love xAnalyse the presentation of the Witches in MacbethMacbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century. It had a twist of a theme with unusual characters. Among these where Witches and the play has a certain aura of witchcraft amongst its main plot. At the time when it was written King James was at the throne and he was fascinated by witches, he released books about demonology. Written directly by his own hand, it is shown that he believed himself to be an instrument of God. He believed in Satan and that his mission was to seek out and kill "witches. He was convinced that they had tried to cast spells and kill him on numerous occasions. He also believes he is a descendant of Banquo and was very enticed by the idea that Shakespeare would write such a play. James was not alone on this ideology and many of the English people believed that Witches existed and persecuted innocent people who they believed of witchcraft. It was a felony to be a Witch and if someone thought you were then you were most likely to be persecuted, tortured or killed. People often blamed their misfortune on witches and used them as an excuse for when bad and unfortunate things take place. A huge proportion of the population where religious in particular Christian during the time this was written. Witches represented everything evil about the world and where thought to be minions or advocates of Satan himself. People thought that if they were to hunt persecute and murder ‘ Witches ‘ then they would be doing good things for god and have a path to heaven. Shakespeare knew about all these opinions and used them to his advantage when writing the play just agreeing with the common speculation about them being manipulative and the bringers of evil in this case the fall down of an innocent man and the murder of many people.From the very start we learn that Macbeth is a hero and mostly responsible for the victory in the beginning battle scene between the invaders. From the way others react, treat and approach him we learn that he is a very successful, courageous and potent leader. However after the meeting with the Witches his fate is entwined so that he has to carry out acts of evil, completely contradictory to the picture built about him at the start. He is very keen for their prophecies to come true and knows that he must carry out some evil deeds such as murdering Duncan his king who he fought to protect earlier. The witches knew exactly what to say to the men to get them thinking and ratiocinating the possibilities of what they say. Macbeth is told her will be Thane of Cawdor and then thereafter king and Banquo shall sire future kings. These prospects enthral Macbeth’s curiosity and mind he is completely allured to the power the witches suggest about kingship. However Macbeth understands the fact that Duncan must be killed for him to be king. However this is where the contrast lies, he will not be crowned unless he murders Duncan. Lady Macbeth receives the letter from Macbeth explaining the meeting and prophecies and she is very swayed by the idea of her being Queen and him being King. She is very influential on his decisions and encourages the idea of murder to Macbeth. He takes a good look at himself, and his "if it were done when ‘tis done" soliloquy reveals to him and us that nothing but blatant ambition is at the core of this act of betrayal: he is pernicious. Macbeth kills the king to secure the kingship, but immediately it becomes clear that the only way to hide the murder is to keep murdering. Eventually murder and tyranny are the only way Macbeth can keep his power.‘’ FIRST WITCH: All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!SECOND WITCH: All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!THIRDWITCH: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! ‘’Here the witches made 3 statements of truth however that is all they are and without being expanded upon they are almost useless in painting a clear future. The witches see that Macbeth has a dream and desire inside him for great things and urge it on with equivocation, never letting on that there are dire consequences to go along with all the good and positive parts of their prophecy.The ideology of "equivocation," or "the Jesuit suggestion of bending around the truth so as not to incriminate oneself," was popularly discussed while the rebels were being tried. Critics thought that equivocation was about the distortion of truth, but this distortion wasn’t necessarily the equivocator’s fault.It was believed that you would only bend the truth (lying to yourself and others) if you were influenced by dark forces, who could get the better of you by their insinuation. It was generally believed that the Devil was responsible for such distortion, as man...



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3 Answers to “GCSE Coursework Essay Help: Analyse the presentation of the witches in Macbeth. Please help ?”

  1. wlodyka says:

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  2. chileans says:

    Sorry, but parts of it are noticeably different in style and it rings alarm bells that it’s been copy/pasted from a website…I googled it and found it immediately, I don’t need to say which it was ;) It doesn’t match in style and your teacher will know. I’d advise changing it if I were you.

  3. kerosenes says:

    Submitted for your consideration: the three murderers might be seen a mirror of the three witches. Both groups carry out mischief on behalf of others. The murderers admit their lives aren’t worth much to them, and the witches spend their days teasing sailors’ wives and killing swine.From Shmoop