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mThe witches are the most evil and cruel character group that play a major impact and influences the tragic events that transpire in the play “Macbeth”. Before Macbeth knew about his fortune about becoming a king, the witches stated his prophecy which lead Macbeth himself to act upon doing absolute anything to make sure his “fortune” comes true. The witches stated “(First Witch) All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! (Second Witch) All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! (Third Witch) All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”  (1.3.49-51) Macbeth would do anything to make it come true since it is a prophecy, which is a prediction of the future. Someone like a group of witches who are all saying positive fortunes like becoming a king, he is going to everything in his power to make sure that comes true. This resulted in Macbeth assassinating his friend Banquo because the Witches also stated that Banquo’s son will also be the king if neither one of them became king. He also assassinates Banquo because stated in the play, Banquo will follow Macbeth through anything if the king is okay with it, however, he is a kingsman and he will more true to the king than anyone else. This puts Macbeth in a situation where being the king is more valuable than his friendship with Banquo, so he kills him to make sure that his paranoia of someone finding out that he killed the king. This prophecy said by the witches caused more havoc because it changed the perception on how Macbeth valued himself and made him more of a priority resulting him to assassinate his best friend, Banquo and King Duncan. The witches’ prophecy is great impact in the chaotic events that transpired into many deaths since someone with supernatural powers like a witch. Also, witches are related to evilness in society due to their devilish acts, but in a point of view of Macbeth, the witch states a good fortune like becoming a king which makes him want to act upon it more since this is a rare action done by something evil. This ties into my second reason why the group of witches is the most malicious character group in the play since they tricked Macbeth into thinking that becoming the king was going to be easy by only telling portion of the actual prophecy. In the play, the witches continuously told Macbeth various prophecies. Even though, they have all become true in the end, they all twisted into something more evil than good. The demons/ghosts that came cauldron stated that “(Second Apparition) Be violent, bold, and firm. Laugh at the power of other men, because nobody born from a woman will ever harm Macbeth. (4.1.81-83)” However, this becomes twisted since Macduff, who kills Macbeth was never born from a woman, but born via Cesarean section which means that he was technically never born from a woman naturally, but from the stomach. The reason Macduff kills Macbeth kills Macduff’s family from Macduff escaping to another kingdom to find the prince. The witches and the apparitions likely knew this was Macbeth’s fate and said that very descriptively because they already knew that Macduff was not born naturally which in this case, Macbeth is not immortal to Macduff, which Macduff seeks revenge against the act that Macbeth has committed against his family. This relates back to the passage because the witches and apparitions only told part of the full truth. They gave him only a section which means that he is technically immortal to anyone born by a woman naturally, but in this case, he is not immortal to those who are born through a different method.My final reason on why the group of witches are the one to blame for the chaotic events that unfold in the play is the witches have supernatural powers which in this case used in the right way in one person’s perspective and wrong in another person’s perspective because all good comes with evil. Knowing from the society that this play takes place, witches were evil women who had powers to do anything evil. Looking through the perspective of Macbeth, a group of witches reading positive prophecies in which sounds good, but if they really wanted Macbeth to succeed with being a king and immortal, they have the powers that could be use for good but instead twisted so it seems good, but results in pure evil. An example of this is when the witches spawn demons from the cauldron during act 4 which is an evil spirit. This is definitely too good to be true in which the demons reads out a what to be considered a positive fortune turned bad as resulting the death of Macbeth later on in this play. Also, the witches are known to have devilish intentions due to their conversation which states “(First Witch) A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munched, and munched, and munched. “Give me,” quoth I.’ Aroint thee, witch!’ The rump-fed runnion cries. Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ th’ Tiger; But in a sieve I’ll thither sail, And like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do. (Second Witch) I’ll give thee a wind. (First Witch) Thou ‘rt kind. (Third Witch) And I another. (First Witch) I myself have all the other, And the very ports they blow, All the quarters that they know I’ th’ shipman’s card. I’ll drain him dry as hay. Sleep shall neither night nor day. Hang upon his penthouse lid. He shall live a man forbid. Weary sev’nnights nine times nine. Shall he dwindle, peak and pine. (1.3.4-24)” To summarize this conversation, witch #1 confronted a sailor’s wife and demanded her for chestnuts which the sailor’s wife declined. This resulted in the sailor escaping the witch, but the witch promising revenge onto the sailor. This causes ? of the witches to offer support into helping seek revenge on the sailor by bombarding with the sailor with harsh winds in every direction, so the sailor will not fall asleep for as long as 81 weeks straight. This relates back to how evil the witches are because they first antagonized a random civilian for chestnuts and since the sailor wanted to leave in safety, they want to ruin the man’s life.  

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