Describe the four apparitions in Macbeth in Act IV, Scene I.

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The first apparition is "an Armed Head," which warns Macbeth of danger represented by Macduff. In the next scene, we realize that Macbeth knows Macduff is a serious threat because he has sent murderers to Macduff's castle, and they kill Macduff's wife and children.

The second apparition is "a Bloody Child" that proclaims that "none of woman born shall harm Macbeth." Macbeth is relieved to hear this, thinking he is invincible, and he states:

Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
But yet I'll make assurance double sure...

Yet, he wants to have Macduff murdered at any rate because he wants to assuage his doubts and fears.

The third apparition is "a child crowned, with a tree in his hand." Macbeth is told that he will not be harmed unless "Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him." Macbeth believes that such a sight is impossible because he takes what has been said too literally. He is sure that woods cannot walk, let alone move.

Finally, Macbeth wants to know if Banquo 's...

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