In modern terms, this quote means, “Good is bad and bad is good.” Not to give spoilers, but this quote is very important for the rest of the play. It’s foreshadowing that a character who appears quite good, may not be so good in the end. Quickly, the scene changes to Macbeth, the main character, who previously had great victories in major battles. His title is Macbeth, Thane of Glamis. Late one day Macbeth and Banquo, the other thane, met with three witches who said, “Macbeth is the thane of the Cawdor, Macbeth will be the King of Scotland, and Banquo’s children will be kings” (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 50-70).
Keep the line in mind; "do" is an important word in this play. On line nine once the first witch says, “I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do” she implies that she's going to do many bad things to the sailor. What does Banquo ask the witches and what do they tell him? Banquo demands to know his own future. The witches prophecy that Banquo’s descendants will be kings, however he himself won't be.
Witches are essential figures in the play of Macbeth. The three witches and Hecate (The Queen Witch), present a menacing aspect and develop a strong connection to the audience of Shakespeare since utmost did believe in Witches and magic at the time. Yes, it may oppose some religions that oppose magic and witches', but the witches’ develop a strong connection to the audience. Symbols of fate, temptation, evil and the supernatural, creates an intriguing atmosphere, and the weird
Macbeth’s reaction to the witches’ prophecies are different than Banquo’s reaction to the prophecies. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, the witches’ also known as the “weird sisters”. Two main purpose of the witches are to prepare audience for Macbeth and give the keynote of the play, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (1.1.10). The keynote reveals a major theme appearance vs. reality. Macbeth’s first words immediately connect him to the key note: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (1.3.38).
She determines he is not by stating, “yet do I fear thy nature/ It is too full o’th milk of human kindness/ To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great.” Lady Macbeth know she is more ruthless and decides she must manipulate and convince her husband to murder the king expressing the power she has over Macbeth. Later, Lady Macbeth utilizes manipulation when her husband becomes hesitant to commit the horrible murder when she states, “Art thou afeard/To be the same in thine own act and valour/As thou art in desire?”, questioning Macbeth’s manhood. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth continues to question his bravery and manhood which puts physical and mental constraints on
Thoroughly intrigued, Macbeth asks the witches to “stay, tell me more” of his future kingship (Shakespeare The Tragedy of Macbeth 1.3.70). Macbeth’s eager questions towards the witches open the reader to the onset of Macbeth’s flaw. Not to mention, Macbeth first completely doubts the witches, their capabilities, and the supernatural presence they represent. Regardless, at the first mention of Macbeth in an additional position of power, he stops and asks the witches to stay and further their conversation. This immediately causes one to question the motives behind Macbeth’s mold of the loyal warrior.
The stereotypical roles reverse, with Lady Macbeth emasculating Macbeth, asking him “are you a man?” when Macbeth suggests they don’t murder Duncan, to which Lady Macbeth responds that while breastfeeding her baby, “while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this.”, suggesting Macbeth is a coward. Shakespeare incorporates this vivid imagery to characterise Lady Macbeth to show how gender lines have vanished. When Macbeth murders Duncan, he is overwhelmed with guilt, portrayed through Shakespeare's use of blood imagery, when he says “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.”, to which Lady Macbeth brushes him off, telling him to
Away, and mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what the false heart doth know"(1.7.90-93). This shows that Macbeth is fully committed to killing Duncan. By making the decision to kill Duncan Macbeth is speeding up the witches prophecy. This decision leads to Macbeth being crowned
In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses shifting diction and dramatic characterization to reveal how unrestrained desire for power leads to corruption of the mind. The diction that Shakespeare utilizes for the dialogue of each character reveals the different layers that pertain to the characters. For example, in 1.7, Macbeth pleads Lady Macbeth not to kill Duncan: We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me, of late, and I have bought Golden opinion from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon. (1.7.31-47) The diction choices Shakespeare incorporates, such as “honored,” “golden,” and “newest gloss,” have bright and content connotations.