Why do you think Polanski at the end of the movie "The Tragedy of Macbeth" portrays Donalbin visiting the witches?

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I agree that Donalbain encountering the witches at the end of the Polanski movie shows that the cycle of ambition, betrayal, and murder will continue.

Polanski's movie is a very grim interpretation of Macbeth, which is already a dark play. However, there is reason to find Polanski's a plausible ending, even if Shakespeare's ending tries to offer more hope. After all, the play opens with Macbeth cleaving in half Macdonwald, the traitorous would-be usurper of King Duncan 's throne. Macbeth then goes, essentially from loyal hero to zero as he moves, after his encounter with the witches, to become a...

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While I agree with the explanation given by mrsmonica, I would like to suggest something more. Macbeth went to the witches' cavern much late in the play; rather the witches declared a meeting with Macbeth in the opening scene & they met him in act1 sc,3. In Polanski's film, Donalbain visits the witches; but there is no suggestion that the witches decided to meet Donalbain or actually met him prior to that. That is to say, Donalbain is not simply going to repeat Macbeth's heinous act, there is no provocation or temptation for the crime so far as Donalbain is concerned. Perhaps, the suggestion is one of further hardening of the ambitious mind: Donalbain needs no witches to cross the threshold, nor a Lady Donalbain as an accomplice.

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Thank you so Much, i really apreciate your answer, and yes that was my thought as well, it's just that i wasn't in class when they watched the movie, but that's the most logical asumtion that we can have.

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