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What are the specific NAMES of the 3 witches?
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Only one of the witches in Macbeth is named, Hecate, who may be viewed as the leader of the coven. The fact that the others remain nameless adds to their mysteriousness. See Act 3, Scene 5, for Hecate's interaction with the other witches.
Posted by jamie-wheeler on April 11, 2007 at 3:29 AM (Answer #1)
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Of the three witches, none is ever named. Hecate (the queen of witches) appears briefly to remonstrate with them about their acting without her sanction where Macbeth is concerned. However, it is generally thought that Shakespeare did not write this scene, but that Thomas Middleton did.
Posted by prhodes on April 24, 2007 at 9:58 PM (Answer #2)
In checking thru most of the accounts of the 3 witches..and the derivation of HECATE (hecat),My thought is since Hectate is dentoed AS a triplet of witches, ergo it is Hecate and her two (muses) selves that are seen. So the inital query of 'What are the names of the three witches of Macbeth?" is Misguided!.. the basis might be : Hecate is seen By MAcbeth, the tripleness of Her being is noted. HECATE is the only witch seen BY MacBeth, as yet seen by nature as trio!
Posted by panthersmusic on October 12, 2011 at 1:14 AM (Answer #3)
Hecate is the Greek goddess of the night, the moon, magic, witchcraft, etc. In Act 3 Scene 5, the three witches are on a heath and encounter Hecate (Heck' a tee). The goddess is angry that the witches have involved themselves in MacBeth's life without her participation.
While the witches do not appear to be named, they do represent evils in this world.
Posted by ladydragon on October 16, 2011 at 2:39 PM (Answer #4)
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