The witches are one of the first people that contribute greatly to the tragic event in Macbeth. If the witches have never appeared, the tragic event in Macbeth would probably have not happened. In the beginning of the story after the battle, the witches wait to see Macbeth on their path. When Macbeth and Banquo arrive, the witches tells them, “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! (1.3.49). When the witches tell Macbeth this, he still does not know that he have become the Thane of Cawdor and being king makes even less sense to him. So Macbeth did not believe the witches. However, later when the two messengers comes to bring Macbeth the news that he have become the Thane of Cawdor, he starts to think that it’s true what the witches told him. Since two of what the witches said is true, Macbeth starts to think about the third – becoming the king. This is where Macbeth first got his ambition to become the king. What the witches have done here contributes greatly to the tragic event, because what initially started the tragic event in Macbeth is Macbeth’s ambition. If the witches did not give Macbeth the idea to become king, he might not have gotten so ambitious about it and the whole tragic event may not have happened. After Macbeth becomes king, the Hecate was talking to the witches. The Hecate said, “I am for the air. This night I’ll spend unto a dismal and fatal end.” (3.5.20). The Hecate was not happy that the witches told Macbeth his future without telling her. Now the Hecate is planning to destroy Macbeth by making him over confident. However, Macbeth’s overconfidence led him to accept the war with the English army. Which led to even more people dying. When Macbeth goes to see the witches, the second apparition that was summoned said, “Beware Macduff, beware the Thane of Fife.” (4.1.78). After Macbeth hears this, he knows he will have to kill Macduff, so he sent murders to find and kill him. This is significant because many people were killed since Macbeth send murderers to Macduff’s castle. The murderers didn’t find Macduff because he was in England, so instead they killed everyone in the castle. The witches took a big part in the tragic event in Macbeth, because they were responsible for many character’s death, but they wouldn’t have been so successful without the help of Lady Macbeth.