Hecate, The Goddess of Witchcraft, Comes To Visit
O, well done! I commend your pains...
The Dance of Witchery
The three witches are at the black cauldron concocting a potion. They chant together and throw various ingredients into the cauldron. This part depicts the evilness of the witches and shows that their intentions for Macbeth are not good.
Macbeth Comes To The Witches
Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, visits the witches to see what they have done. She briefly compliments their good work, noticing that they are taking things more seriously than before. She then gathers the witches around the cauldron and has them enchant the contents of the cauldron.
The Three Apparations Appear
A song of enchantment sung by the three witches as they continue to throw ingredients into the cauldron. They end their song with the line, “All ill come running in, all good keep out”, indicating their mischievous nature.
Macbeth's Confusion and Conversation
Macduff has fled to England.
Macbeth enters the room demanding the witches to show him if he is going to remain king. The witches agree to show him his fate. This important part deceives Macbeth in thinking that he will remain King.
Tell me witches...
The witches show Macbeth three Apparitions that reveal to him his fate. He is given a cryptic hint by each Apparition. The first apparition, an armored head, tells Macbeth to beware Macduff. The second apparition, a bloody child, tells Macbeth that “none of woman born” would harm him. After hearing this, he doesn’t understand why he would need to have any fear of Macduff. The third Apparition, a crowned child with a tree in his hand, tells Macbeth that he should not fear defeat until Birnam Wood reaches Dunsinane Hill. Since the forest is fairly far from Dunsinane and the forest would probably not spread all the way to there in his lifetime, he truly believes that he has nothing to fear. Finally, he sees a row of eight kings, with the last holding a mirror, and Banquo’s ghost at the end of the line. He doesn’t understand what this vision means, but before he can ask the witches, they perform a dance and vanish into thin air.
Lennox enters the scene and gives Macbeth the news that Macduff has gone to England. Macbeth believes that Macduff is still a threat, after seeing the Apparitions. He decides to send murderers to Macduff’s castle to capture it and kill his family.