HELPP!!!! the 3 witches from macbeth; how was there role instrumental to the crimes committed in the play? were they responsible for the tragic out come?i need help writing this paper. its due...

HELPP!!!! the 3 witches from macbeth; how was there role instrumental to the crimes committed in the play? were they responsible for the tragic out come?

i need help writing this paper. its due tomorrow. help please.

I have to analyze the witches role in Macbeth and how they were the guiltiest characters in the play...

the 3 witches from macbeth; how was there role instrumental to the crimes committed in the play? were they responsible for the tragic out come?

i need specific reasons and examples from the play to support my position and i have to have one of my paragraphs acknowledging and refute an opposing view

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The witches are catalysts who capitalise on Macbeth's 'black and deep desires'. They open up a chain of thought for both macbeth and Banquo to consider: both are given prophesies which indicate their family lines will become rulers. Macbeth and his wife take the dark path to murder whereas Banquo leaves the predictions to run its course. All end up dead, of course, so your refuting statement could be about the benefit of following good rather than evil.

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It is possible that in the William Shakespeare play MacBeth, that if the witches had not made their predictions, Macbeth might never have aspired to be king. However, when he took the prediction of the witches and relayed it to Lady MacBeth, her wheels started turning. Thus they came up with a plot that would hurry fate along and make MacBeth king sooner.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the play, Macbeth, by Williams Shakespeare, the witches were the spark that ignited the whole conflagration. It was their prediction about who was to become king that began the thinking along those lines. Once that seed was planted, then it bacame (in the minds of some) fate rather than a matter of choice. However, rather than waiting for fate to take care of the situation, MacBeth and Lady MacBeth decided to help it along and excuse their behavior based upon fate.

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wanjira-mukami | High School Teacher | (Level 2) eNoter

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In the play MacBeth by W. Shakespeare, the three witches, while strongly instrumental to commission of crime are not entirely responsible. They appear very strategically in Act ! Scene 1 to suggest touble and tragedy as in line 2 'In thunder, lightining or in rain?' also 'hurly-burly's done'.  In line 4 'battles lost" precedes 'won' for tragic effect

In the 'Anon' where 'Fair is foul and foul is fair..' the foul foul is successfully juxtaposed consecutively to totally override 'the fair for tragic effect.  Line 13 ''Hover through the fog and filth', strong imagery is used as groundwork for criminal  action.

Lines 48-50 Witches, like mentors, incite Macbeth to commit the crime while still leaving open the narrow door of choice whether to do it or not.

Last appearance of witches seems anticlimactic but is appropriate closure. Concoction symbolizes the very abyss of evil and celebration of it but still merely by observers and not performers.

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