The Portrayal of Witches

Essay by panipuriHigh School, 11th gradeA-, December 2012

download word file, 5 pages 0.0

The Portrayal of Witches

Witchcraft is a veritable and ill-natured force and the creator has given power to every individual to break free from its deceiving clutch. Thus, Arthur Miller's play The Crucible and William Shakespeare's play Macbeth portray witchcraft to showcase the descent of humanity through manipulation of innocent individuals. For instance, witchcraft is depicted as a powerful dark art, with the potential to commit incredible feats. Furthermore the witches use the element of deception to achieve their ill-fated goals, often leading vulnerable individuals astray. Moreover, the witches' victims eventually find their state beyond redemption leading the witches' influential and efficient plans. Therefore, characters fall victim to the witches' power deceptive and influential schemes that lead to the eventual humiliation of human society.

To begin with, individuals perceive that witches' posses the power to commit incredible feats, portraying witchcraft as a powerful art. Witchcraft is perceived by many individuals as extremely powerful and potent, capable of great evil.

In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is overjoyed with Macbeth's news concerning the three prophecies. She expresses her thoughts in a swirling tempest.

Come, you spirits that tend on moral thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty' make thick my blood, stop up th"access and passage to remorse...come to my woman's breast and take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers, wherever in you sightless substances you wait on nature's mischief (1.5.39-49)

Lady Macbeth summons the witches' powers to aid her in the quest for supremacy. Lady Macbeth is under the impression the witches' possess the power to make her unremorseful in the pursuit of her dreams. While the witches' invasion evil intents, they are also capable of infiltrating human minds and transforming their personalities. Lady Macbeth abandons her moral values in her...