What does Hecate want the witches to do in Macbeth?


What does Hecate want the witches to do in Macbeth?


Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft and her name and origin stem from the Greek goddess of magic. She is referred to in the play as the mistress of the Three Witches thus is their leader. Hecate appears in Act III Scene 5 to Macbeth and in Act IV Scene 1 to the witches. Hecate is also associated with the moon because it was believed that women who practiced witchcraft at the time of Shakespeare would gather in the woods at night to make pacts with the devil.

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When Hecate appears to the Three Witches in Act IV she scolds them for not consulting her more. She wants them to include her more in their meddling...

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Hecate in Macbeth


Chapter 4 / Lesson 10

Explore the character of Hecate in ''Macbeth.'' See the ''Macbeth'' storyline and review Hecate's personality. Read Hecate quotes and analyze her role in the play.

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