MacBeth

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MacBeth

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the three witches give Macbeth a false sense of security with
their apparitions of truths. Instead, they prove to be harmful for Macbeth who takes too
much comfort and confidence in his interpretation of the truths.

In the first apparition, a floating head warns Macbeth to beware Macduff. The apparition
confirms Macbeth's own fears saying he has already guessed as much. In the second
apparition, a bloody child tells Macbeth, "None a woman born shall harm Macbeth" (4.1, p.
96). Believing everyone is born of woman, Macbeth takes relief in the idea that he will
never be harmed. Although, the apparition does provide a truth, but unbeknownst to
Macbeth, Macduff was not of "woman born" rather "from his mother's womb / untimely ripped"
(5.9 p. 349). Macduff was born through cesarean section after his mother died hence the
bloody child in the apparition. In the third apparition, a crowned child holding a tree,
tells Macbeth he is safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill. Again, the apparition
deceives Macbeth the way he perceives it thinking Birnam Wood cannot move to Dunsinane
Hill. Later, a messenger tells Macbeth the trees of Birnam wood are advancing toward
Dunsinane. Malcolm's soldiers carry the tree branches to Dunsinane making the apparition
truthful. The crowned child in the apparition is Malcolm—the future king after Macbeth.
Finally in the last apparition, a procession of eight crowned kings walks by, the last one
carrying a mirror. Banquo's ghost walks at the end of the line. The witches vanish before
Macbeth could get a meaning behind the apparition.

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