The witches in Macbeth: no more than an influence

View Paper
Pages: 6
(approximately 235 words/page)

Essay Database > Literature > European Literature
According to Shakespearean scholar, A.C. Bradley, "while the influence of the witches' prophecies on Macbeth is very great, it is quite clearly shown to be an influence and nothing more. There is no sign in the play whatever that Shakespeare meant the actions of Macbeth to be forced on him by external powers." Bradley's argument is valid; the witches provide the spur Macbeth needs to act on his overbearing ambition, but it is ultimately …

showed first 75 words of 1753 total
Sign up for EssayTask and enjoy a huge collection of student essays, term papers and research papers. Improve your grade with our unique database!
showed last 75 words of 1753 total
…Macmillan Press Ltd., 1968), p. 264 4Bradley, p. 287. 5John Lawlor, The Tragic Sense in Shakespeare, (London: Chatto & Windus, 1960), p. 123. 6Shakespeare, p. 87. 7Bradley, p. 288. 8Shakespeare, p. 89. 9Shakespeare, p. 151. 10Bradley, p. 287. 11Lawlor, p. 108. Bibliography Bradley, A.C. Shakespearean Tragedy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1966. Greer, Germaine. "Macbeth: Sin and the Action of Grace." Shakespeare: Macbeth, London: The Macmillan Press Ltd., 1968. Lawlor, John. The Tragic Sense in Shakespeare. London: Chatto & Windus, 1960. Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Toronto: Longmans Canada Ltd., 1965.