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What was the witches role in Mac Beth In 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 ll83-85 MacBeth 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 king Aside Two truths are told As happy prologues to the swelling act Of the imperial theme--I thank you gentlemen Aside This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill cannot be good If ill Why hath it given me earnest of success Commencing in a truth I am the thane of Cawdor If good why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs Against the use of nature Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings My thought whose murder yet is
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