Shakespeare’s Three Witches, referred to as the “weird sisters” by Macbeth and Banquo, are considered as major characters of the play of Macbeth.
Filled with dark and wicked thoughts and evil temptations, the witches have supernatural powers which enables them to foretell a person’s future. They are implied as Macbeth’s puppeteers, who are responsible for the mischief which leads towards the climax of the story and ends in the fate of mythology.
The witches are wicked and evil, they are the embodiment of disorder, darkness and chaos throughout the play.Throughout the play the witches are implied as the puppeteers of Macbeth
When the witches tell the prophecy of becoming king to Macbeth, he thinks about whether the reign will simply fall to him or whether he will have to perform a dark deed in order to gain the crown. This sparked desperation after Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter, which Lady Macbeth feels the need to convince her husband to do whatever is necessary to seize the crown as she fears he is unable to take the steps necessary to make himself king.
On the following night, Duncan was killed in his sleep in Macbeth’s castle after their feast together to congratulate Macbeth of his new title. Although the witches helps Macbeth to become king at one stage during the play, the witches are the blame for his sins, and in return of his killing, Macbeth lives in guilt and is constantly haunted by Duncan’s ghost. In the end, Macbeth’s false sense of security, which the witches told him that no women-born men can kill him, is what caused his death as he learns in the fight with Macduff that Macduff was untimely ripped from his mother’s womb.
The witches contribute significantly towards the plot as they are the ones who created it. This leads back to the start of the play, when Macbeth and Banquo sees the Three witches on their way to the king’s court at Forres. The witches hail Macbeth as thane of Glamis and as thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is baffled by this second title, as he has not yet heard of King Duncan’s decision, and the witches also declare that Macbeth will be king one day. Then they tell Banquo that he’ll be “lesser than Macbeth, and greater,” and “not so happy, yet much happier”; and that he will never be king but that his children will sit upon the throne before vanishing into thin air.
On top of Duncan’s murder, Macbeth assassinates Macduff’s wife and children as a result of his ambition, temptation and greed, which eventually turned into a battle between Macbeth and Macduff.
In conclusion, the witches contributed significantly towards the plot of the story, as they are the ones responsible for foretelling Macbeth’s future to him, which sparked temptation for Macbeth to murder King Duncan in order to seize the crown and become king. The Witches never lie, but in the contradicting statements of their Apparitions, Macbeth only hears what he wants to hear, until he realises the true intention of their help is only for the triumph of evil over goodness. Ultimately, his ‘confusion’ in the end is what they wanted when he is decapitated in the battle against Macduff.
Thus the broken the chain of being, which supposedly would upset the established order and bring about universal disorder, is restored by the death of Macbeth and the rightful king of Scotland.