In Act 1 scene 3 of “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, Macbeth and Banquo are introduced to the three witches. The witches tell Macbeth he will become thane of Cawdor and “king thereafter” and they tell Banquo he will not become a king but his children will become kings. Soon after the witches give these predictions Ross and Angus arrive and tell Macbeth that he is the Thane of Cawdor. These events have a great impact on both Macbeth and Banquo but mainly Macbeth and though they both had the same experience, their responses are totally different.
Macbeth’s first response to the witches’ predictions is interest, he wants them to tell him more, “stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more!” When the witches predictions come through Macbeth has a neutral response saying, “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill/ cannot be bad, if ill why hath it given me earnest of success?” Macbeth then brings into consideration that, even though his meeting with the witches incites terror in him, he believes it would do no harm in talking to them because their first prediction had already come through.
After the witches first predictions come through, Macbeth becomes wildly curious. He continues to think about what has happened and begins to wonder what will happen. He then becomes increasingly attracted to what the witches had to say and yearns to know more. Macbeth becomes so determined to make the promise to become king work out that it sparks evil in his mind. He then begins to think of murder, “my thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical.” Macbeths’ reaction to the witches marks the beginning of his downward spiral which continues throughout the play. Banquos’ reaction was almost the opposite of Macbeths’ reaction to the witches. When Banquo sees the witches he says to Macbeth, “what are these so withered, and so wild in their attire that look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ earth?” Banquo, unlike Macbeth was very skeptical in dealing with the witches. He even suggested...
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