Apr 28, 2014 - Communication    1 Comment

Analysing my cauldron

I choose to make a cauldron because I feel it represents the Witches who play a vital role in the play, especially the way that they plant seeds in Macbeth’s head and wait for them to grow. For example in the beginning of the play after the battle Macbeth didn’t come across as corrupt however once the Witches told him a prophecy and part of it came true the seed began to grow.
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, in the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt.” This connotes the Witches are up to something using a cauldron. This can be interpreted as a symbolic part of the Witches stereotypical look. In Macbeth the Witches most of the times are predicting the future, reciting prophecies or helping other characters with their evil deeds e.g. “Come, you spirits that assist murderous thoughts”. this is the witches influencing Lady Macbeth.
This explains why I choose a cauldron.

1 Comment

  • I like your thoughts about the cauldron being particularly important because of its symbolic nature; how it is stereotypical of our understanding of witches and clearly depicts the supernatural elements of the play and their characters. I think to strengthen this point you needed to reread your thoughts and organise your sentences to make your points clearer (including sentence structure and tenses i.e. do you think ‘choose’ fits well for something you have already created?)
    Points to develop:
    1. You mention the importance of ‘planting the seeds’ – this could be explained in relation to the cauldron and why you designed it the way you did (did you involve it in your designs or consideration of the design?).
    2. Your ideas about the cauldron as being symbolic – how does this link to the witches prophecies? Reread this section. You could consider audience interpretations – what effects might the presence of the cauldron have on the audiences’ understanding of the scenes with the witches in and their prophecies?

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