In Macbeth, what were the three predictions of the witches?

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There are three key predictions that the Witches make. The first is that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor. The second is that Macbeth will become king. The last involves Banquo and states that, though he will not ever be king, his kin will become kings.


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There are two scenes in which Macbeth receives predictions from the witches. In act 1, both he and Banquo receive predictions, and in act 4, he is shown three apparitions that give further information and warnings to him.

In act 1, scene 3, Macbeth and Banquo are walking from a battlefield on the heath and come across three witches. The witches hail Macbeth Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King (of Scotland). At this point in the play, Macbeth is already Thane of Glamis, but he is surprised to hear the other two prophesied titles. He will learn later in the scene that King Duncan has, in fact,...

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thane of glamis, thane of cawdor and to be king

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You need to specify which act you are talking about, first of all.

In Act 1, the three predictions are thane of glamis, thane of cawdor, and king of scotland.

In Act 3(?), The three predictions are beware of Macduff, no one born of woman will harm Macbeth, and no man will harm him until Birnam wood moves.

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