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Another attribute of the witches that Shakespeare uses to show a reversal of the natural order is the manner in which the witches communicate with one another. They commune using rhyming couplets as the bases of their speech. For example they are seen saying ‘blow … know’ and ‘lid…forbid’. The use of these rhyming couplets produces a sense of tribal incantations, which are activities that are associated with witchcraft. Witchcraft was seen as evil and the work of the devil. Since the devil is unnatural, as he disobeys God, the witches demonstrate further to the audience that they are a reversal of the natural order. Another link people could draw is between the witches and the holy trinity. The fact that there a three witches may be significant, as it may try to symbolise an evil, satanic version of the holy trinity. This may also show the witches have great power as they are akin to the trinity. Surely if Shakespeare is trying to show the witches as this, he is showing further how the witches are a reversal of the natural order, since they are making a mockery of God by trying to act like the holy trinity in skewed and demonising way.
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