What are the 3 things the witches say to Macbeth?

In act 1, the witches say to Macbeth that he is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland. In act 4, the witches again tell Macbeth three things: that he should beware Macduff, that he cannot be harmed by a man born of woman, and that he cannot be vanquished until Birnham Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill.

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Macbeth encounters the witches twice during the play, and both times, the witches offer him three prophecies.In act 1, scene 3, the three witches greet Macbeth as Thane of Glamis (which he is), Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland. Macbeth is confused at being addressed as Thane of...

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Macbeth encounters the witches twice during the play, and both times, the witches offer him three prophecies.

In act 1, scene 3, the three witches greet Macbeth as Thane of Glamis (which he is), Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland. Macbeth is confused at being addressed as Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, as he currently holds neither of these titles. However, when he shortly thereafter finds that Duncan has named him Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth understands the witches' words to be a prophecy: they correctly prophesied that Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor, so he believes now that he is also destined to become king. This excites him greatly because it is his secret ambition. In this same meeting, the witches also prophesize that Banquo's heirs will become a lines of king, but this comment is directed towards Banquo, not Macbeth.

In act 4, Macbeth, now king, seeks out the witches once more, wanting to know his future. The witches again say three things to Macbeth, although the actual prophecies are spoken by three apparitions conjured by the witches. The apparitions tell him to be beware of Macduff, that he cannot be harmed by a man born of woman, and that he

never vanquished be until
Great Birnham Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.

Macbeth already suspects Macduff of being disloyal, so this warning only confirms his fear. Since men can only be born of woman and woods can't simply move location, Macbeth interprets the second two prophecies to mean he cannot be defeated. He does not realize until too late that the witches have deliberately tricked him into a false sense of confidence. In this encounter with the witches, it is also once again confirmed that the heirs of Banquo will be a line of kings.

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