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What is the significance of the number 3 in Shakespeare's works?

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10/20/2013

During the Shakespearian time the number 3 meant bad luck, so Shakespeare placed the number 3 in all of his tragedies in order for the audience to foreshadow the coming events that may lead to something horrific. Ex. Macbeth: 3 witches, 3 apparitions. Hamlet: 3 times the ghost shown himself, etc.