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Context Question Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1 At this point in the play many things have occurred. We notice Macbeth' state of mind, he is very disturbed and paranoid. The reason for this is that he has seen the ghost of Banquo at his coronation banquet. This was simply a hallucination and occurred after Macbeth mentioned Banquo's absence at the table. By this stage Macbeth had just found out that Banquo had been killed, while his son Fleance has escaped. Agitated and troubled Macbeth decides to see the three witches: " I will tomorrow (and betimes I will to the weird sisters". The reason Macbeth wishes to see the three witches is because he needs to know the future, he is also concerned about whether Fleance will be king or not. He also fears Macduff, who seems a threat to him, as Macduff did not accept Macbeth's invitation to the coronation. ...read more.


As soon as the witches stop chanting their spell, they sense that Macbeth is coming their way. Line 45 indicates this:" By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes". Straight after that Macbeth enters. The way the witches describe Macbeth has changed as before they called him as courageous and brave and now they are calling him something wicked and evil. This shows the influence Macbeth's murders has had on his appearance. Even Macbeth addressees them by: "black and midnight hags!" The relation between Macbeth and the witches does not seem so pleasant, as they call each other wicked and Macbeth calls them hags and so on. Macbeth later asks them whether they will give him answers and he indicates this when he says: " Howe'er you come to know it, answer me." In return, the witches say yes and they say: "Speak, Demand" The witches show Macbeth three apparitions and one vision; each apparition speaks a sentence, so Macbeth can get some answers. ...read more.


He later seeks answers from the witches regarding Banquo's son, Macbeth says: " Tell me, shall Banquo's issue ever reign in his kingdom". At first, the witches refuse to show Macbeth what he wants as they have already answered this before at the beginning of the play. But when Macbeth curses the witch they speak and show instantly. They show him a succession of eight kings, they all look like Banquo and when Macbeth demands more answers, the witches disappear, leaving Macbeth disturbed. Lenox arrives and informs Macbeth that Macduff ran away to England, Lenox says on line 140: " That bring you word, Macduff is fled to England". Macbeth than talks aside to himself, explaining that now he will do what comes to his mind, and it will be done in an instant. He than decides to kill Macduff's family. He says: "The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon fife; give to th' edge o'th'sword His wife, babes, and all unfortunate souls..." This foretells the future to the audience, which is the death of Macduffs family. Manasvi Pindolia ...read more.

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