He reflects that we never catch up with what we intend to do unless we do it right away. Throughout the play, characters balance and complement each other in a carefully constructed harmony. Ditch-deliver'd by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab. He is not pleased when he's shown a line of eight kings, the last of which holds a mirror that reflects on many more such kings. And this third king looks just like the second one. Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, fearing for their lives, have fled the country. He commands the witches to answer his questions.
Hecate arrives, and all dance and sing. The first apparition is the disembodied head of a warrior who seems to warn Macbeth of a bloody revenge at the hands of. Laugh to scorn 90 The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth. Macbeth says he has some questions, and the witches indicate that they will answer. Macbeth Did you see the witches? I humbly request permission to depart. He will not be alone in gaining new titles—new titles of nobility, like stars, will shine on all who deserve them.
Second Apparition Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth. No boasting like a fool; This deed I'll do before this purpose cool. First, an armed head warns him to beware of Macduff. The children who appear in this procession are the children of Fleance. A third is like the former. This apparition may foreshadow Macbeth's beheading by Macduff.
The Witches dance and vanish. Third Apparition, a Child Crowned, with a tree in his hand. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and howlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. First Witch Around the cauldron we go, and throw in poisoned entrails. Yet my heart Throbs to know one thing.
He then announces that Siward has assembled an army of ten thousand men and is prepared to march on Scotland. The thane of Ross comes to tell King Duncan that the thane of Cawdor has committed a traitorous act; King Duncan orders the thane of Cawdor to be killed and Macbeth to be given the title. They do another song and dance so they can't be accused of not entertaining him appropriately, and then they vanish. Upon hearing this, Malcolm is convinced of Macduff's goodness and reveals that he was merely testing him; he has none of these faults to which he has just confessed. Third Witch That will be. Macbeth implores the witches to explain what they meant by calling him thane of Cawdor, but they vanish into thin air. The Witches dance and vanish.
Third Apparition Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care 91. Now the charm is strong and good. Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls. Macbeth and Banquo remain unsure what to think about the witches and their predictions. Then he says he has some more questions about his future for them and he wants answers, pronto. He kicked and squirmed as the foul liquid trickled down his throat, but they were strong and he was unable to stop them.
As the captain is carried off to have his wounds attended to, the thane of Ross, a Scottish nobleman, enters and tells the king that the traitorous thane of Cawdor has been defeated and the army of Norway repelled. The Witches' charm is fantastic: Its ingredients, thrown into a bubbling cauldron, are all poisonous. It is an honour that carries profound responsibilities. It was a good thing that no light could show his black and deep desires. Macbeth wants to know one more thing: will Banquo's heirs have the throne? It is thrown into a verse form, , which Shakespeare rarely uses except for supernatural beings, witches, fairies, or the like. Why are you showing me this? The king, according to Malcolm, has a gift for healing people simply by laying his hands on them.
This relieves Macbeth to some extent, and he wonders if he should bother with killing Macduff as he has planned. Come, lead me to them. A third is like the former. And thy hair, Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first. Duncan thanks the two generals profusely for their heroism in the battle, and they profess their loyalty and gratitude toward Duncan. Nothing he did in his entire life was as noble as the way he died. The scene closes with Macbeth planning to travel to Macduff's castle to murder his wife and children.
Suspecting that he might not be hearing the entire truth, Macbeth prepares to take matters into his own hands to ensure his place on the throne of Scotland. The witches now show Macbeth a procession of kings, the eighth of whom holds a mirror in his hand, followed by Banquo. This indicates that these kings will rule not only Scotland whose regal ornaments consist of one ball and one staff , but also England one ball and two staffs. This cheers Macbeth even more, since he knows that nothing can move a forest. Macbeth fixates on the details of the prophecy.