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MACBETH - Act IV

Macbeth - William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

 

 

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In Act IV, the witches or weird (wyrd?) sisters make a rather lengthy appearance, with a suitable amount of magic and ambiguious visions.  Here we have the famous "none of woman born / shall harm Macbeth" prophecy and the "walking woods" prophecy that implies that Macbeth cannot be defeated until Birnam Wood moves toward Dunsinane Hill.  Sorry Shakespeare, but I still prefer J.R.R. Tolkien's version of fulfilling these prophecies.  Marching with chopped up branches simply does not compete with Ents, and some semantical finagling does not compare to Eowyn or Merry.

 

Macbeth is also not amused that Macduff has fled to England and decides to commit more murders, by proxy.  Apparently these murders don't seem to bother Macbeth as much as the others - no hallucinations!  Charming man this.  Prince Malcolm makes a reappearance and decides to invade Scotland with the help of Macduff, who is out for revenge.  Silly man should have take his wife and children with him!