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Why is Hecate angry? What is "mortal's chiefest enemy"?

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mariegs | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2010 at 10:56 PM via web

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Why is Hecate angry?

What is "mortal's chiefest enemy"?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 8, 2010 at 11:10 PM (Answer #1)

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Hecate first appears in the play in Act III, Scene 5.  She is the goddess of the witches and she is angry at them.  The reason for her anger is that they did not ask her if it was alright before they started to get involved with Macbeth.  She thinks that he has used them for his own purposes.

Hecate says that the "chiefest enemy" of mortal people is security.  The context for that is she is talking about how she's going to lure Macbeth into doing something stupid.  She thinks he'll fall for it because he is ambitious and because people always want more than they have -- they hate being secure and content with what they have.

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