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The instruments of darkness tell us truths Win us with honest trifles to betray us In deepest consequence Mans curiosity about his destiny have lead him to seek the services of fortune tellers psychics and false prophets but it has been has been proven time and time again that seeking to know ones own fate will not help you but instead harm you for these prophecies are always filled with half-truths and deception William Shakespeares Macbeth is the ultimate tragedy as both fate and the evil manipulation of the witches conspire to his final downfall The witches prove to control his destiny throughout the play and they alone combined with Macbeths one weakness ambition lead to his destruction The large role the witches play in the story is first evident at the beginning of the play In thunder and lightning the witches appear on a wild and deserted place where they foully talk amongst themselves Their wild and evil appearance reveal their intentions Upon the heath there to meet Macbeth spoken by the witches reveal that they already know the outcome of the civil war being fought in Scotland and that they will become the chief driving force behind the main character Macbeth The witches from the very beginning lead Macbeth on a course of destruction Gathering in a bleak empty place between the battlefield and Duncans palace they appear and hail Macbeth They tell him that he shalt become the Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and be King hereafter Macbeth believes these prophecies because prophecies because in them be becomes the respected and revered King of Scotland that all men look up to Ross soon tells Macbeth that he is the new Thane of Cawdor fulfilling the second of the witches prophecies and making Macbeth think of murdering Duncan giving way for the third prophecy to come true Banquo in turn finds that he shall be Lesser than Macbeth and greater
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