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  • Shakespeare characterises the witches as the supernatural aspect of Macbeth. They plan to confront Macbeth and inform him of their prophecies and the future he is destined for.
  • Three witches set an atmosphere for confusion and chaos in the story. They gather in the desert heath.
  • Fair is foul, and foul is fair.
  • There to meet with Macbeth
  • After Macbeth slains Macdonwald and shows his authority. He is given honour and outplays the Thane of Cawdor. This shows his superiority. However, later we witness the manipulative powers of Lady Macbeth.
  • Macbeth slains Macdonwald. Duncan awards him for his bravery with the title of The Thane of Cawdor.
  • The thane of Cawdor has lost what the noble Macbeth has won.
  • You shall be 'The Thane of Glamis'
  • Three witches appear and confront Banquo & Macbeth. Tell them three prophecies of the future. 
  • You shall be the 'King of Scotland'
  • You shall be 'The Thane of Cawdor'
  • This scene characterises Macbeth as an ambitious leader. However, the argument whether he is fit to be tyrant and king or either one rises.
  • Macbeth was named 'Thane of Cawdor'. The witches were on the right track. Banquo is shocked that the witches prophecies are coming to life.
  • 2 down. 1 more to go. To be the King of Scotland is written in my destiny.
  • Lady Macbeth receives Macbeth's letter informing her of the witches prophecies, Lady Macbeth is afraid Macbeth is too kind to kill Duncan.
  • The things you want to do, you want to do like a good man. You don’t want to cheat, yet you want what doesn’t belong to you.
  • Shakespeare went against stereotypes and portrayed Lady Macbeth as superior. She plans to convince Macbeth to murder Duncan as she believes he is inferior and too timid.
  • But even as the baby was smiling up at me, I would have plucked my nipple out of its mouth and smashed its brains out against a wall if I had sworn to do that the same way you have sworn to do this.
  • Lady Macbeth expertly creates a loving scene with a gruesome ending to trigger the guilty side of Macbeth. This scene characterises Lady Macbeth as the superior while defying gender stereotypes in the Elizabethan era.
  • Lady Macbeth uses guilt and dominance to lower Macbeth's self-esteem. She expresses the idea of a gruesome scene.
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