The captain informs them of Macbeth and Banquo's bravery in battle. They do not have much to consider the meeting further as Ross and Angus appear, telling Macbeth of his new title. When Ross and Angus notice Macbeth's distraught state, Banquo dismisses it as Macbeth's unfamiliarity with his new title. Banquo's reaction to this peculiar prophecy is understandable rather than an example of professional rivalry. I neither want your favors nor fear your hatred. One of the murderers extinguishes the torch, and in the darkness Fleance escapes.
This is where we get the first inkling that Macbeth might be down for a little fancy word for killing a king. Let us toward the King. The witches hail Banquo and give him three tidbits of information: he'll be both lesser and greater than Macbeth; he won't be too happy, but he'll be happier than Macbeth; and he'll be a father to kings, though he will not be a king himself. It appears that the witches are already starting to vanish. The Witches' Prophecy Act 1 Scene 3 — Key Scene In this scene, we meet Macbeth for the first time. Just as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have corrupted nature, the language Shakespeare uses in these scenes disrupts the flow of his usually smoothly iambic meter. Macbeth and Banquo are busy marveling over the mysterious witches when Ross and Angus arrive to tell Macbeth that the king wants him.
Macbeth mentions that they should discuss the problem of Malcolm and Donalbain. The thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman. Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings. Banquo and Macbeth are struck dumb for the second time, but now Shakespeare contrasts their responses. I command you to speak.
Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth? If ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth? First Witch A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munch'd, and munch'd, and munch'd:-- 5 'Give me,' quoth I: ' the cries. Thus beginning with the Weird Sisters, equivocation in all its permutations is threaded throughout the fabric of the first act. They ask each other what they had been doing. Conversation quickly moves on to the big news about their own fates, as promised by the witches. Like the supernatural Weird Sisters with their beards, Lady Macbeth becomes something that does not fit into the natural world. First Witch All hail, Macbeth! They light a torch, and the murderers set upon them.
This is shown, in part at least, by the fact that Banquo, although also greeted by the witches with prophecies of future honour for his house, is not led on to any crime to make good the prophecy. However, Macbeth finds becoming king even more implausible: ''and to be king stands not within the prospect of belief, No more than to be Cawdor. Three is a number that is often seen as having a particular significance. Macbeth and Banquo show up, and Macbeth mentions how this day has been both fair and foul. Scene 3: The Witches give Macbeth and Banquo the prophecies We learn that Banquo is a man who is fine to joke in situations, ones others harden in.
Second Witch I'll give thee a wind. Macbeth is astonished by her cruelty but resigns to follow through with her plans. But his capital treason has been proven, and he has confessed to it, so he has lost his former title. Glossary mounch'd 4 munched aroynt! We hear of a battle that is even now being fought, we hear of the trysting-place of the witches at the conclusion of the fray, and last of all we hear the name of the man they are planning to meet. Banquo asks Macbeth why he seems to fear this good news, then questions the witches about his own future. The Macbeths and The Corruption of Nature One of the most ambiguous aspects of the play is the character of Macbeth himself. The king follows with Banquo.
Act 1, Scene 5 At Inverness, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth that describes his meeting with the witches. In this he resembles Hamlet, who soliloquizes numerous times about his inaction. He believed that a group of witches had tried to kill him by drowning him while he was at sea a curse echoed here by the First Witch. What, can the devil speak true? Say from whence You owe this strange intelligence, or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting. Ross tells Macbeth about the betrayal and execution of the Thane of Cawdor.
She becomes entirely unnatural and inhuman. Banquo departs, and Macbeth dismisses his court. Macbeth starts because the witches' prophecy that he shall be king is an echo of his secret ambition. He then joins the group and they all head back to King Duncan's castle. Banquo wonders if they have hallucinated everything, asking, ''Were such things here as we do speak about? The Thanes of and Angus enter with the news that the Thane of Cawdor has sided with Norway. The Witches Meet Again Act 1, Scene 3 of Macbeth begins with the three witches appearing in a heath, an open unused piece of land, near the battlefield. Peace, the charm's wound up.
The prophecy is in this sense self-fulfilling. Yes, the Thane is still alive, but he's being convicted of treason, so his title is up for grabs. It is worth noting that these deeds are petty and vulgar; but just as every good deed — even the giving of a cup of cold water, — is a blessed thing, so every evil deed — even the killing of swine — is a delight to the powers of evil. Many of the lines in this passage are in rhyming couplets, in contrast to the unrhymed verse used elsewhere in the play. While Macbeth wanders around in a haze, Banquo makes excuses for his war buddy until Macbeth finally snaps out of it, and they all head off to meet the king. Once the servant has gone, Macbeth begins a soliloquy.