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Hecate's Devious Plan

In Act 3, Scene 5, Hecate takes the three witches to task for having left their mistress out of the "traffic" (3) with Macbeth. She was "never called to bear [her] part / Or show the glory of [their] art" (8-9), and besides, what they did was for "a wayward son, / Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do, / Loves for his own ends, not for you" (11-13).

What follows in Act IV, it seems, is the way Hecate intends them to "make amends" (14) by producing "artificial sprites" (27) to "draw [Macbeth] on to his confusion" (29).

Questions:

Has the the plan of the witches changed, now that Hecate has found that Macbeth is not worthy of the "glory" of the witches' "art"?

Were they originally trying to do him some good? And what, do you think, was the response they were desiring from Macbeth instead of what they got?
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