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In Act 1 Scene 3 the modern tragic formula is emphasized by the special effects characters and props that are used These three dramatic aspects of the play display the witches as true magical beings that are capable of destroying Macbeth In Act 1 Scene 3 the modern tragic formula is highlighted by the special effects that are used The smoke and fog that arise as the witches first appear portrays them as evil and mysterious creatures Also as the witches begin to prepare their magical spells the setting suddenly changes from a clear and sunny day to a dark cloudy storm full of thunder lightning and rain The booming of the thunder and the smacking of the rain as it hits the ground gives the audience an unbearable sense of fear This first series of special effects is an outstanding way of making the audience realize that the witches really are magical During their spell preparation one of the witches vows to punish a sailor because his wife cursed her and refused to give her some chestnuts As she is doing this an image of the witchs Graymalkin appears in the sky and a lightning bolt shoots across the image All of these beginning special effects combine to indicate that the witches are evil magical and are only capable of causing bad things to whomever they cast a spell on As Macbeth and Banquo return from battle they see the witches and engage in a conversation with them The witches greet Macbeth with three prophecies The three prophecies that the witches gave Macbeth gave him triple honors Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and that he will become King hereafter As the witches give each prophecy to Macbeth lightning bolts surround them and their eyes start to glow These special effects frighten both Macbeth and Banquo because they are unsure as to what magic these witches are performing They are unsure of
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