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Macbeth Essay The Womans Role In Macbeth William Shakespeares Macbeth is a play full of betrayal and deception It is a story about Macbeths desires to achieve greatness and become king Despite his involvement in actually committing the treasonous acts he cannot be held accountable However if it were not for the deeds of a woman at one time or another Macbeth never would have involved himself with acts of treachery From the opening scene we begin to see the role that women play in Macbeth The three ugly witches are gathered in a thunderstorm cackling greedily over their evil plans Their chant of fair is foul and foul is fair illustrates how women perform acts of ugliness and evil to achieve disorder In addition we see that women can cloud reality thus causing deceptiveness in the fog and filthy air In Act I scene 3 we again see the feminine presence through the witches This time however they are casting spells on a poor sailor because his wife cursed one of the witches and refused to give her some chestnuts Chances are that if women are fighting a man will suffer for it Just then Macbeth and Banqou see the witches and engage them in conversation The witches greet Macbeth with Thane of Glamis his present title Thane of Cawdor his soon-to-be announced title and the prophesy that he will be King hereafter They also greet Banquo with lesser than Macbeth and greater as not so happy yet much happier and tell him thou shalt get kings though thou be none How would the witches know of their future Perhaps they were trying to plant an idea in Macbeths head that would later lead to certain calamity After Macbeth discovers the witches first prediction came true he begins to aspire to realize the next prediction of becoming king Already because of the women Macbeth
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