What Does Hecate Want The Witches To Do

What does Hecate want the witches to do?

 

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Hecate, the "mistress of the witches," doesn't show up until Act III, scene 5. Like Macbeth, we as an audience have believed the three Weird sisters were frightening and powerful—until Hecate's arrival.

Hecate is very angry that the witches have acted without consulting with her first. She is also angry that they have helped Macbeth. She doesn't think he's worthy of their aid, and she tells them she knows he won't do anything for them in return for their help. She calls him "spiteful and wrathful" and out only for himself. Therefore, she wants the witches to trick him and lead him to his doom.

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Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft was furious with the witches and scolded them for meddling with the business of  Macbeth's usurp of the kingdom without consulting anything from her, and say that she would take over as superintendent over the mischief. She say that she would conjured up visions and spirits who would spread messages and false stories that would give him a lack of secrecy and security, and caught him unguarded, making him bewildered and confused, turning his life into a disastrous madness.

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