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What is the function of the opening scene with the witches in scene I act 1?

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itsonlyrandoo | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2007 at 6:58 AM via web

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What is the function of the opening scene with the witches in scene I act 1?

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted March 5, 2007 at 12:32 PM (Answer #1)

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The witches set the play in motion. The first scene in Act I introduces the witches and shows that they intend on meeting with Macbeth. When the witches meet with Macbeth in Act I, scene 3, they reveal their premonitions, which inspires Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to go forth with their murderous plans in order to make the witches' prophesies come true.

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