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Discuss the role of the witches in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Shakespeare has included the witches in the play for several reasons First these supernatural beings have an important part in the storyline of the play without them the play would not be as exciting Then they are there to thrill and entertain the audience Furthermore Shakespeare included them to please King James The witches also play a significant part in the moral of the play witches are not to be trusted Finally Modern audiences still find the witches thrilling although many people no longer believe in witchcraft The witches have an important role in the storyline or plot of the play They affect Macbeths state of mind and encourage him ultimately to do actions he would have dubitably done on his own During their first encounter with Macbeth the witches told him he would be king All hail Macbeth hail to thee that shalt be king hereafter This prediction encouraged the idea of killing King Duncan in Macbeths mind Then the witches tell Macbeth that Banquos sons will be kings Thou shalt get kings thought thou be none This does not please Macbeth he will be King but not his sons Therefore Macbeth orders Banquo and his son Fleance to be killed to ensure that his sons will be kings If the witches had not told Macbeth these foresights then he would not have killed King Duncan and Banquo During the second meeting with Macbeth the witches again make predictions which lead to other evil acts Their predictions make him violent fearless The prophecies are comforting to Macbeth but they trick him into doing cruel acts In act four scene one he was told to Beware Macduff by the first apparition The second apparition told him that None of woman born Shall harm Macbeth Although the second apparitions forecast is reassuring Macbeth still
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