Ecole du Nord

The Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

‘Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble’ is one of the most popular lines in English literature



Three of the most pivotal characters in the play Macbeth are the witches, who serve in many ways as one character. Throughout the play, the witches, also known as the weird sisters, tempt Macbeth to behave in evil ways. At the beginning of the play, the three witches predict and tell Macbeth that he will one day become king. Because of their prophecy, Macbeth and his wife decide to kill the king in order to make the prediction come true. After Macbeth is crowned king, he returns to the witches several times to have them predict the rest of his future.

Our International section students take pride in performing part of the cauldron scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The aim is to make the cross-reference with Roald Dahl’s ’Witches’ that is being studied at the moment.