The Importance Of Three Witchs In Macbeth

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Macbeth starts Act 1 Scene 1 with the presence of three witches. Introducing these characters at the start of the play informs the reader that the supernatural will play an influential role throughout. In Act 1 Scene 3, Macbeth and Banquo are returning to Duncan from battle, when they come across the three witches. It is important to note that Macbeth and Banquo killed Macdonwald, a traitor of Duncan. Prior to being slain, Macdonwald was the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth isn’t aware but when he returns to Duncan, he will be named the new Thane of Cawdor for his service of killing the traitor. However, in his crossing with the witches, he is informed of his new title. The three witches also share more predictions for the future, including: Macbeth will soon be named the King of Scotland and Banquo’s children will also be king. When Macbeth and Banquo finally return to the castle to inform Duncan of Macdonwald’s death, Macbeth is surprised when he is titled Thane of Cawdor. The accurate predictions of the three witches, jumpstarts Macbeth’s hunger for power and fulfilling the witches’ forecasts. As the play progresses, Macbeth is determined to fulfill what the witches shared. In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth finally sees Lady Macbeth in person since learning of his fortune. Lady Macbeth is optimistic, however, she doubts Macbeth’s strength in order to slay Duncan and take his place as king. Her lack of faith motivates her to push the future king to kill Duncan. The two spend a

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