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What was the witches role in Mac BethIn Shakespeares time many people were superstitious they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced if not dictated by fate They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures such as witches ghosts and many other such beings Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Mac Beth The witches although accurately predicting what would occur ie Mac Beth would be king they did not specify how their prophecies would be realized The witches did possess some sort of power unless they were privy to some political information which MacBeth was not aware of otherwise how could they have known that MacBeth had been appointed Thane of Cawdor Of course once MacBeth who living in such a society was superstitious is presented with Cawdors title he believes that the other prediction namely his kingship must come true Banquo notes the danger inherent in believing and subsequently acting on the witches predictions he says Were such things here as we do speak aboutOr have we eaten on the insane rootThat takes the reason prisoner Act I scene 3 ll83-85MacBeth is quite overwhelmed when he hears that he is now the Thane of Cawdor However almost immediately he starts thinking about how to bring about his rule as kingAside Two truths are toldAs happy prologues to the swelling actOf the imperial themeI thank you gentlemenAside This supernatural solicitingCannot be ill cannot be good If illWhy hath it given me earnest of successCommencing in a truth I am the thane of CawdorIf good why do I yield to that suggestionWhose horrid image doth unfix my hairAnd make my seated heart knock at my ribsAgainst the use of nature Present fearsAre less than horrible imaginingsMy thought whose murder yet is but fantasticalShakes so my single state of man that functionIs smothered in surmise and nothing isBut what is not 13127-141MacBeth seems to be fantasizing about having a direct
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