What did the people think the witches' powers were?
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In Elizabethan times, people were very superstitious. They believed in the power of witches and feared them. People believed that they could affect the weather, put curses on people, and have all kinds of supernatural powers to create evil. In fact, Macbeth’s audience feared even the witches in the play because of these beliefs. Apparently, Shakespeare included real chants from witches of the day. You could imagine the reaction to this.
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