Why does Macbeth believe the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth?

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Arguably, Macbeth believes what the witches tell him because it is what he wants to hear. Deep down, he is an ambitious man and is keen to increase his power and prestige beyond the title of Thane of Glamis.

This idea is supported by what happens in act 1, scene 3 when Macbeth asks the witches how they could know these things about his future. Instead of offering him an explanation, they simply vanish from view. However, their lack of explanation does not dissuade Macbeth from believing what they have told him.

While Banquo is very...

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