What event in Act IV foreshadows Macbeth's eventual downfall?
The Witches Tell
Foreshadowing is a hint of things to come. From the start of the play, the witches play a role in telling the future, or at least alluding to it. In Macbeth, the witches in Act I foretell the future of Macbeth as king and Banquo as the first of a line of kings. In Act IV, the witches foreshadow Macbeth's downfall.
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fromChapter 2 / Lesson 12
Shakespeare uses foreshadowing in Macbeth to create suspense throughout the play. Learn about the foreshadowing Shakespeare used, from the prophecies of the witches and Hecate and the apparitions prophecy to the Death of King Duncan and the fatal results of Macbeth's delayed understanding.