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Character & Motivation

The Witches headshot

The Witches


My Motto(s)
  • Speak. Demand. We’ll answer. (4.1.61)
Also Called
  • imperfect speakers (1.3.70)
  • secret, black, and midnight hags! (4.1.48)
  • The Weird sisters (1.3.32)
My Quotes:

The instruments of Darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles, to betray us In deepest consequence (1.3.123-5)

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  • Predict that Macbeth will become king
  • Tell Banquo that his children will be kings

The witches, or ‘weird sisters’ (1.3.32), appear before Macbeth and Banquo whilst they are out walking and tell them prophecies of what both of their futures hold. They predict that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, while Banquo's sons will be heirs to the throne although he shall never be king himself. Their predictions begin the train of events that lead to many murders, the downfall of Scotland, and ultimately Macbeth’s death.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. Despair thy charm;
    And let the Angel, whom thou still hast serv’d,
    Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
    Untimely ripp’d. (5.8.13-6)

  2. I will be satisfied: deny me this,
    And an eternal curse fall on you! (4.1.104-5)

  3. Tell me, if your art
    Can tell so much, shall Banquo’s issue ever
    Reign in this kingdom? (4.1. 100-2)

  4. For them the gracious Duncan have I murther’d;
    Put rancours in the vessel of my peace,
    Only for them; and mine eternal jewel
    Given to the common enemy of man. (3. 1. 65-68)

  5. Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more…
    Say from whence
    You owe this strange intelligence? or why
    Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
    With such prophetic greeting? (1.3.70, 75-8)

  6. My noble partner
    You greet with present grace, and great prediction
    Of noble having, and of royal hope,
    That he seems rapt withal: to me you speak not. (1.3.54-7)

  7. Speak, if you can:- what are you? (1.3.47)

  8. What are these,
    So wither’d and so wild in their attire,
    That look not like th’inhabitants o’th’earth,
    And yet are on’t? Live you? Or are you aught
    That man may question? You seem to understand me,
    By each at once her choppy finger laying
    Upon her skinny lips. (1.3.39-45)

  9. The Weird sisters, hand in hand,
    Posters of the sea and land,
    Thus do go about, about. (1.3.32-4)

  10. When shall we three meet again?
    In thunder, lightning, or in rain? (1.1.1-2)