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An Altered Destiny The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare is an illustration of the supernatural and power of suggestion This play opens with three suspenseful witches chanting a spell The mood is gloomy and the wicked and powerful appearance of the witches is bestowed upon us As the devilish sisters continue their spell it shows the powers the witches will hold over Macbeth This also foreshadows the plans the witches will profess in the future The devious and manipulating witches find Macbeth and insist their first prophecies onto him They offer Macbeth his future and reveal he will become Thane of Cawdor and King At first the witches seem crazy but as Macbeth is announced the Thane he longs to become King as predicted Macbeth then kills Duncan and wrongfully receives the throne He also kills his friend Banquo to divert suspicion from himself At first it seems to the people Macbeth is a loyal citizen but he is cruel and misleading Fair is foul foul is fairAct I s1 l10 The prophecies are fulfilled as the witches commanded It is easy to believe that these wicked women encouraged the downfall of Macbeth Hecate admits she did not think highly of him as she says By the pricking of my thumbs something wicked this way comes Act IV s1 l 44-45 The witches gave Macbeth a second set of prophecies He is told to beware of Macduff on the other hand any man born of woman can not harm him He is also told not to worry about the rebellion until Birnam Wood attacks Dunsinane Hill which is seemingly impossible This gives Macbeth a false sense of security and overconfidence He takes pride in the prophecies and keeps them close to his heart Macbeth soon realizes the deception and misconceptions of the witches The revelations encourage him to fight the rebellion without much preparation And you all know security is mortals chiefest
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