In Shakespeare's Macbeth, do the three witches play a part in Macbeth's decision to be a murderer?
This questions involves two of the most important themes of Macbeth, free will and supernatural intervention (or fate.) Shakespearean scholars disagree on the degree to which the witches are complicit in the murders. It is clear that they mean to manipulate Macbeth to do evil deeds, as Hecate makes clear in her speech in Act III, Scene 5. She says that she:
Shall raise such artificial sprites
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