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1 The witches in Macbeth serve to advance the story reveal human weakness heighten the tension and give the audience a hint of things to come but they do not control Macbeth or anyone else in the play The only power they have over Macbeth is their ability to reinforce an idea that was already in his head Their role is made clear when Hecate speaks to them And which is worse all you have done Hath been but for a wayward son act 3 scene 5 She suggests that they do not have the power to make him do the evil and mischief that they want Nor do they need that power Macbeth is fully capable of doing all the mischief and evil on his own How do individuals control others How would the witches control Macbeth This can usually be done by physical andor emotional force Fear and threats rewards and praise work to control others These tools work to different degrees on different people So much of what is called control depends on the person that is being controlled The promise of a throne may send some people to their knees while others will take to their heels When the witches hold out their promises to Macbeth the only surety they have is a knowledge of his ambition and his need for power In the end this was all they needed to be sure of They may try to manipulate but they do not need to control The character flaws that Macbeth has will be enough to fill their needs It is interesting to note that the witches do not ask for anything in 2 return for their prophecies Macbeth does not have to promise his soul in exchange for any information His soul was already in trouble before he met the witches He was their logical choice At the start of the
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