What Was the Witches' Role in Macbeth?.
In Shakespeare's time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Mac Beth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Mac Beth would be king, they did not specify how their prophecies would be realized.
The weird sisters' evil forces and power affected Macbeth's moral downfall by giving him reason to kill, which eventually killed him. The sisters knew about the three apparitions, and that they were about Macbeth. Also that Macduff was not born of a woman. Macbeth's destiny was observed early in the play, but only to the audience, when the apparitions told him of their prophecies. By the time Macbeth realized what was happening, it was too late and he was beheaded.
In Elizabethan times, witches were a natural part of life. Macbeth witnessed this, as seen in the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The evil forces that the weird sisters, who were witches, possessed, put Macbeth's mind in another direction. This direction was the beginning of his moral downfall and the destruction of his destiny. The weird sisters warned Macbeth of this in the three apparitions but he continued living his life without realizing that they were speaking of him.
The weird sisters affected Macbeth in the worst way. They tempted him by addressing him as Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and future king, without ordering him to do anything to obtain these positions.
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!.
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!.
All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be King hereafter.
(Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 48-50) .