MTC Education | The Witches in Macbeth


Shakespeare is very different to the way that modern teenagers I guess speak, and me kind of growing up in the whole world of social media and all that sort of thing, I mean, yeah Shakespeare is very very different to what I’m used to. For me, it’s all about the eyes, and it’s all about a direction behind the eyes. Once the language sinks into you, you can use the language almost like an energy force, and you can use your own internal energy just to create a sense of focus and concentration. You’re really challenged in terms of knowing what you’re talking about, what you’re saying and making sense of what you’re saying. The witches are completely
different, because instead of iambic pentameter, they have tetrameter, which is a four-beat
rhythm. So really they speak in chants the whole time. “Macbeth doth come. Thrice to
thine, and thrice to mine, and thrice again to make up nine. Peace, the charm’s wound
up.” They’re representations of darkness, they’re representations of evil, of malice, of chaos, of disorder. I really like how it is a modernised, kind of contemporary version of Macbeth. It’s set in a world which is in chaos at the beginning, where there’s civil war, where there are atrocities happening. You can see that there are parallels between the witches and actually some of the things that are happening in the world generally, in terms of the extremes that people get pushed to. I think the witches certainly
allow us to ask ourselves at what point in time are we ambassadors of goodness, or when in our lives, in the course of our actions and trajectory in our lives do we suddenly become enemies of goodness? The witches have planned out this whole life for Macbeth, and basically all they need to do is get him to believe it and kind of play it out. “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor.” “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter.”

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