9th March 2018

Act 1 Scene 3

Characters:Macbeth,Banquo,Witch 1,Witch 2,Witch 3,Angus and Rosse

Important information: The 3 Witches meet one again upon a heath like they said they would. They talk about their mischief plans about trying to derail someone’s life perhaps for the fun of it and continue to talk like an unearthly creature.Macbeth enters and Macbeth talks in the same paradox that the witches spoke in Scene 1 but talks in Iambic Pentameter.”So foul and fair a day i have not seen”. This could show that the Witches and Macbeth could have some unknown or subconscious connection. The Witches then tell him his future that he is to become Thane of Cawdor and will also become king. Banquo gets jealous and wants them to predict the future,Speak then to me,who neither beg nor fear”If you can look into the seeds of time,and say which grain will grow,and which will not.”.The witches continue to speak in paradoxes after Banquo’s ask.”Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.Not so happy yet much happier.Thou shalt get kings,though be none.”The witches vanish and Macbeth is confused as he is the Thane of Glamis but not of Cawdor and being king seems like an impossible idea, but both are friends are left in a confusing situation as the witches said Macbeth will become king but Banquo children will also.This creates a possible tension between the friends that could be revealed later in the play as for Banquo children to become king, Macbeth would have to be either banished or killed. Rosse and Angus enter and tells Macbeth that he has become Thane of Cawdor. Banquo then starts to get the suspicion that the witches may not be telling the truth” The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles to betray in deepest consequence”. Macbeth then responds”The Thane of Cawdor lives:why do you dress me in borrowed robes?“.Macbeth then speculates that he will become king but Banquo argues the point that the witches could be tricking him as they were dark unearthly creatures. Macbeth continues to speculate as maybe he wont have to do anything and he will become king. ”If chance will have me king,why,chance may crown me without my stir”. Nice reference to fate and almost like the play ”Romeo and Juliet”  when Romeo surrenders himself to a greater power fate.”…He that hath steerage of my course,direct my sail”. Because this is a tragedy as well could this mean that Macbeth will regret surrendering him self to a higher power,or will he instead take control over his life and defy fate.

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