Macbeth, Folger Shakespeare Library; Painting.




This image of the play Macbeth, stemming from Act 4 Scene 1, portrays Macbeth consulting the three witches. Throughout the play, Macbeth becomes obsessed with the unnatural essence they pertain to. One may hold the witches accountable for insinuating the tragedy that takes place in Macbeth. Due to the witches confirming what Macbeth had already suspected, one may infer that their apparitions confirmed his suspicions, which lead him to his eventual demise. In this scene, the witches call upon an apparition that informs Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born | Shall harm Macbeth.”; Which ignites a sense of over-confidence within Macbeth, implying that he is virtually indestructible unless someone not born by a women comes to kill him. This piece of artistry exemplifies one of the most prevalent reasons Macbeth comes upon his tragedy. This painting is substantial as it is a permanent exemplar of Shakespeare’s most reoccurring and famous themes within his writing; that of tragedy. 

On another note, this painting represents an incredibly famous quote, that many modern individuals use today. “Double, double toil and trouble, | Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” This quote, spoken by all witches in unison.


Folger Shakespeare Library; Collection Library : Works of Art. Fuseli (1741–1825) – 

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth, 1623. England:John Heminges and Henry Condell; First Folio edition, 1623. Print.


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