Essay on Act 4 Scene 1 Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

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Act 4 Scene 1 of Macbeth by William Shakespeare opened by having the Three Weïrd Sisters in the middle of a dark cavern, singing and dancing around and open bubbling caldron. The sisters added strange ingredients to their brew when Hecate appeared. She congratulated them on a job well done, then disappeared. Macbeth was the next to enter the scene, demanding to know his prophecy. The witches granted him this, but in the form of three apparitions. The first vision was of a severed head and it warned Macbeth to beware of Macduff, he was not to be trusted. The next was of a bloody child told him that no man born of a woman will harm Macbeth. The last aspiration was of a child wearing a crown and holding a tree. This one instructed Macbeth that he would remain safe until the Birnam Woods came to his castle. Macbeth was unsatisfied with this answer so he continued to pursue answers from the witches. They showed him one more vision of eight kings. The last king was followed by Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth was outraged at this final vision and begged to know the meaning behind this, but the witches chanted one last time and vanished. Lennox then entered the scene then and told Macbeth that Macduff retreated to England. Finally Macbeth decided to send murders to Macduff 's castle, to capture Macduff and kill his wife and son. The central conflict of this scene is the conflict between fate and free will. It is evident in Macbeths demand to know his future, only for him to later become…

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