Macbeth appears to be a loyal Thane, but secretly plans revenge. Macbeth then surprisingly asks the witches that how come is he the future Thane of Cawdor and the king? He devised a rumor that Malcolm and Donalbain killed their father in order to gain the kingdom, and out of fear for their own lives, they fled to surrounding countries. Just as the Weird Sisters pervert the normal course of nature by telling their prophecy, Macbeth upsets the course of nature by his regicide. He then joins the group and they all head back to King Duncan's castle. For example, he is just as interested in hearing about what the witches have to say. There is none but he Whose being I do fear: and, under him, My is rebuk'd; as, it is said,. Lady Macbeth, for example, says: What thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false And yet wouldst wrongly win.
Exit all but Macbeth and Lady Macbeth The two talk of what he has seen. Noteworthy in this scene is the way in which Shakespeare registers the psychological response of both Macbeth and Banquo. So he wonders, ''Why, by the verities on thee made good, May they not be my oracles as well And set me up in hope? Lady Macbeth is not the only character that values ruthlessness as a masculine trait. This is how Lady Macbeth responded:. King Macbeth also remembers the witches' prophecy about Banquo's sons becoming kings. They are all mingling and getting ready for dinner when the murderers come in and Macbeth talks to them asking if it is done. The current Thane of Cawdor has been given a death sentence.
Macbeth enters, with other thanes and Lady Macbeth. There is power in the number three: Macbeth meets three witches, commits three separate murders, and sees three apparitions. Another reason why Macbeth is a villain is because he continued to kill innocent people to hide his doings. He interrupts the first murderers solemn declaration of loyalty with the ironic 'your spirit shines through you'. The third murderers could even be the three witches in disguise. If it's evil, why would it truly predict his being made Thane of Cawdor? He asks Banquo to attend a feast that evening. Is Macbeth a horrible monster or is he a sensitive man- a victim of witches and his own ambitions.
One witch says she has been killing pigs. Looking over the table, Macbeth declares that the banquet would be perfect if only Banquo were present. He chid the sisters 60 When first they put the name of king upon me, And bade them speak to him: then prophet-like They hail'd him father to a line of kings: Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a barren sceptre in my gripe, 65 Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding. In Act I scene ii we find out that Macbeth is a great warrior. If he is both, how can the two sides of his nature exist side by side.
But Lady Macbeth taunts him for his fears and ambivalence, telling him he will only be a man when he carries out the murder. By telling the future to Macbeth and Banquo, the Weird Sisters upset the natural course of time and bring the future to the present. The servant returns with two men and it is revealed they are two murderers Macbeth has hired; he reminds them of their the day previous, where he told them of wrongs Banquo had inflicted on them. At the same moment that the good and kind Banquo dies, the light is extinguished. Unable to endure the thought of Banquo's descendants claiming his position, Macbeth summons two hired murderers and confirms with them prior arrangements for the killing of Banquo and Fleance.
Rather than so, come fate into the list. She then says that she will make all the preparations for the king's visit and subsequent murder. Macbeth is left alone with Banquo to try and figure out what they have just been told. The intentional ambiguity of terms is what we see in the prophesies of the Weird Sisters. King Macbeth then tells the men they must kill Banquo as revenge. The two men are on their way to King Duncan's castle in Forres, after the winning battles.
Macbeth becomes curious about their words and wants to know more about his future. In response to that, the captain says that the outrageous rebel Macdonwald was supported by his foot soldiers and horsemen from Ireland. The captain also sees Lady Luck with him. Exit Scene 5 At a heath Thunder and enter the three witches meeting Hecate the greek goddess They ask her why she is so upset. He consequently announces his decision to make his son Malcolm the heir to the throne of Scotland something that would not have happened automatically, since his position was elected and not inherited. Resolve yourselves apart, make up your minds in my absence.
Would Macbeth and Banquo notice or pay attention to the witches if they appeared as conventional women? This interpretation could open Macbeth to dangerous and unjustifiable deeds. The hideous appearance of the witches is being described in this scene. As Macbeth once again bursts out in a speech directed at the ghost, Lady Macbeth tries to smooth things over with the guests. But their answer does not satisfy Macbeth, who berates them as less-than-exemplary examples of men. First Murderer We are men, my king. Macbeth has already blamed their current state of poverty on Banquo.