Prophecies In Macbeth

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“That will never be” (4.1.94). Little did Macbeth know that it would happen and he would be killed. All during the play, Macbeth hears prophecies from the weird sisters. Like anyone else, he tries to interpret the twisted words of the witches. The only problem is that he is listening to witches; witches always speak in riddles and the meaning behind their words is always murky. With such murky meanings, there is no telling what Macbeth would do. All of his actions were not determined by the prophecies of the witches. The prophecies begin with the weird sisters exclaiming, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis/All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor/All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.48-50). They go on to tell Banquo that, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (1.3.67). Almost immediately the prophecies come true when Ross and Angus tell Macbeth that he has been named the thane of Cawdor by Duncan. As the play progresses, Macbeth seeks out the witches. When he approaches, the witches state, “By the pricking of my thumbs/Something wicked this way comes’ (4.1.44-45). The witches answer Macbeth’s commands in a playful manner and let apparitions speak for them. Essentially, the weird sisters and their apparitions tell Macbeth tricky half-truths to make him falsely0 confident.…show more content…
The three of them even get yelled at by Hecate for not including her in the fun and games. To make the show entertaining, the witches tell the future in a deceitful manner. This deceitful manner is agreed upon in the first scene when the three weird sisters chant, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (1.1.10). Every time Macbeth talks to the witches, he is confused and asks for more explanation. For example, Macbeth command the witches to, “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more” (1.3.70). With Macbeth in constant confusion, the witches did not cause Macbeth’s
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