How does each prophecy encourage a sense of false security in Macbeth? My question is about when Macbeth went to the witches the second time and was told three false prophecies , i would like to know how they encourage a sense of false security in Macbeth. Act 4 scene 1

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To answer this question, take a look at how Macbeth reacts to each of the prophecies in act IV, scene I.

When Macbeth is told to beware of Macduff, for example, he thanks for the apparition for its "good caution." In other words, the prophecy confirms his paranoia about Macduff, thereby creating a sense of security in Macbeth.

With the second prophecy, Macbeth is told that "none of woman born" can hurt him. This creates a false sense of security in Macbeth because he believes that he cannot be hurt by Macduff. However, he decides to kill Macduff anyway because it will...

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