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Foretelling the Future Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a play about a man who sacrifices everything he has to become king There were many factors that led to Macbeth degenerating from a noble warrior to a fallen king however I believe that it is because Macbeth learns beforehand in Act 1 that he decides his place is upon the throne Most of the play is foretold in Act 1 through Lady Macbeth and of course through the witches who reveal more to Macbeth then he ever possibly knew In Act 1 Scene 1 the witches are talking amongst themselves about the next time they will meet When shall we meet again In thunder lightning or in rain When the hurly-burlys done When the battles lost and wonthere to meet Macbeth 1 i 1-4Here we find out that there is a war going on and that Macbeth shall soon stand victorious over his enemy the rebel Thane of Cawdor It is then that the witches shall again arise and this time confront Macbeth However the witches decide to stay out of direct contact with anybody until the war has come to a conclusion In scene 2 we learn who the war was with and much like the witches had proclaimed Macbeth was victorious in his illustrious battle Duncan then proclaims that Macbeth will receive the traitors title Thane of Cawdor for slaying the traitorous enemy of the king And with his former title greet Macbeth For what he hath lost Noble Macbeth has won 1 ii 76-78 It is ironic that Duncan states how Noble Macbeth has won the title of Thane of Cawdor when in the next Act Macbeth sneaks into Duncans room while he is sleeping and murders him dis-honorably by killing him in his sleep instead of face to face The witchs prophecy seems to be coming together piece by piece as Macbeth is the new Thane
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