Act 4 Scene 1

Characters: 1 Witch,2 Witch,3 Witch ,Hecate,Macbeth,Lenox,Apparition 1,Apparition 2 and Apparition 3

Scene set: A Dark cave

Summary: The 3 Witches are brewing a potion together and dancing while putting some unusual items into the cauldron Hectare calls in some dark spirits to help brew there potion. Macbeth then enters and “orders” the Witches to tell him his future. First apparition appears and tells him to beware of Macduff. Second apparition appears and tells MAcbeth that o one woman born will harm Macbeth. Third apparition appear and tells him that Macbeth will stay king until the Great Birnam forest comes to fight him on Dunsinane hill,Macbeth laughs and say forests cant move so he thinks he is safe. The Witches then show him a line of kings and the first is a older Fleance. Witches disappear and Lenox enters and tells Macduff has fled to England.

Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff.Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.” This quote said by Appiatration 1 means that Macbeth should beware of Macduff. This confirms Macbeth’s suspicion of him as he did not attend Macbeth getting crowned or his banquet.

be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.”…..”Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him.” These quotes are said by the second and third apparition. The first one states that Macbeth should be bold as he can not be killed by anyone woman born and the second one states that Macbeth shall remain king until the forest of Great Birnam battles him at Dunsinane hill. Macbeth’s views both of these predictions as he is invincible as everyone is woman born and forests cant move. However in Act 3 Scene 5 Hecate says this about Macbeth.“He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear His hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace, and fear. And you all know, security Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” This quote means that Macbeth is will think he can defy fate and death and that his sense of security will be his worse enemy. This quote by Hecate was also said at the same time as she was wanting to on up the 3 witches on what mischief they were doing. So i would think the Witches are not lying(as everything they have said has been true so far into the play) but they are talking to him in riddles in the form of the three apparitions and there is somehow a way round what they were saying. For example the Apparition said he cant be killed by anyone man born, but what if a unearthly creature like the witches killed him. Because Macbeth at the moment thinks hes immortal this could be the false sense  of security that Hecate was talking about and will lead to his down fall

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