Act 4 – Scene 1

Characters:
Witch 1, 2 & 3
Apparitions 1, 2 & 3
Hecate
Macbeth
Lenox

Summary:
The Witches prepare a magic brew while waiting to meet with Macbeth. When Macbeth arrives he demands that the Witches answer his questions, whatever the consequences. The Witches ‘masters’ take the form of apparitions. An armoured head warns Macbeth about Macduff while a bloody child reassures him that he cannot be harmed by any man whom a woman has given birth. Macbeth promises to kill Macduff but then a child wearing a crown carrying a tree (third apparition) tells Macbeth he will not be defeated until Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane. Macbeth wants to know if its true that Banquo’s descendants will become kings, the Witches show a vision of eight kings with Banquo. Lenox arrives  to report that Macduff has fled to England and the Witches disappear. Macbeth decides to attack Macduff’s castle and kill all of his family.

Quote:

“Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife. – Dismiss me. – Enough.” – Apparition 1

 

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