The Weird Sisters, from William Shakespeare’s play
Macbeth, are arguably the most famous trio of witches in English literature. Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters are a complex trinitarian mythological construction – a unique amalgamation of classical, folkloric, and socio-political elements. This book is an archetypal exploration of the Weird Sisters; by examining this feminine trio through the lens of mythology, new insights about their significance may be understood. The ramifications extend from classical comprehension to twenty-first century pop culture observations related to female trios.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 140 pp.
The Author: Laura Shamas holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California.
She has taught at Catholic University of America, Pepperdine University, and the University of Southern California. She has
published widely in journals, newspapers, and new media.