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Macbeths nonchalant attitude towards the prophecies from the three witches foreshadows his downfall through his hubris in Shakespeares Macbeth Upon meeting the three evil witches Macbeth learns of his opportunity to gain higher titles All hail Macbeth hail to thee thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter Iiii5-6 Currently Macbeth reigns solely as thane of Glamis He becomes thane of Cawdor at the courageous death of the original thane Macbeth then seizes his destiny when he kills Duncan king of Scotland the title promised to him by the witches Macbeth grows trust in the three evil witches due to their accurate predictions of his current standing as the thane of Cawdor and king of Scotland With all of this trust in the three evil witches Macbeth conjures their tainted knowledge again This time he seeks to learn of his destiny Tell me thou unknown power IVi53 He requests knowledge from the apparitions rather than from the witches themselves The witches now brew three apparitions of evil wisdom to visit Macbeth The first a head fully dressed in armor greatly foreshadows Macbeths death both visually and with his words Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth beware Macduff Beware the Thane of Fife IVi53 At these wise words Macbeth is initially scared He fails however to comprehend the visual itself Towards the end he insists on wearing full armor Give me my armourIll put it onGive me mine armour Viii74 Macbeths insecurity relates to the apparition of the armored head because in full armor Macduff decapitates Macbeth It is with uneasy patience that he awaits the next apparition Much like the first the second apparition a bloody child foreshadows its own warning as well as the death of Macbeth for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth IVi54 Macbeth ignores the visual hint and with great hubris focuses on the words spoken He then decides to let Macduff live Then
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