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In Macbeth the witches seem to be confusing figures they are portrayed as dark eccentric and strangely amusing creatures It doesnt seem that they have that much of an importance early on but after finishing the story and truly comprehending we see that the witches have done a lot Through certain examples and subtle clues displayed in the story we can safely deduce that the weird sisters were specifically designed to implant ideas in Macbeths brain which later influence him by giving him all types of information that eventually affect his manner of handling greed guilt and other emotions that put him virtually on the edge of sanity We see that the witches display a keen interest in Macbeth reasons for the interest arent exactly given but illustrations of interest can be shown As Berryman suggests the witches have ulterior motives for Macbeth We see this through Berrymans example which states that at first Macbeth is hailed as a great hero but in his coming he is hailed by the pricking of a witchs thumb Which basically means that he is brought on a sort of omen not portrayed as something that could be of some good Berryman brings up the fact that the witches know that Macbeth shall be bad it is not stated at this point of the story why but it is just instilled that he is 321 This example illustrates the fact that the witches do not have the role of Macbeths aids but rather as Macbeths bad influences Which is also supported by Shwister in his line Their appetite for mischief is infiniteShwister 60 Which tells us that the natural intent of the witches is to do evil of which they can never be satisfied which is displayed by the word infinite in the quote and by then being naturally prone to evil they act upon Macbeth in a negative type of influence Influence is again illustrated when
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