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How to interpret a prophecy

Three witches told Macbeth that no one 'of woman born' will harm Macbeth, and he will not be defeated until 'Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane'.

Macbeth is not too alarmed by these sayings. because he thought that forests and trees cannot move, which is same to say "until the sea is dried up, and stone is rotten, and the mountain Tai will be flattened to the level of the ground" in Chinese sayings. Although most of his noblemen and soldiers have joined the other side, he still believe he cannot be beaten - or until Birnam forest comes to Dunsinane.

But Malcolm and Macduff's soldiers are gathered in Birnam wood, each one is given the branch of a tree to camouflage them as they move forward to attack. Macduff reveals that he was born prematurely by Caesarian - so he was not born in the normal way.

In the battle, Macbeth is killed.

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