There is a demonic aspect of the weird sisters, but their powers are too limited for them to be seen…as full fledges demons. They occupy a kid of twilight territory between human and supernatural evildoing…Shakespeare carefully avoids portraying a Macbeth caught in the grip of irresistible demonic forces: the weird sisters malice is evident in all their trafficking with him, yet no where are we shown invincible proof of their power over him.
Act 1, 111, 48-50
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo! 70-75..-79
MACBETH Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more. By Sinel's death I know I am thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman, and to be king 75 Stands not within the prospect of belief, No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence You owe this strange intelligence, or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you. 81-82
MACBETH Into the air, and what seemed corporal Melted, as breath into the wind. Would they had stayed. 83-84
BANQUO Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner?
Act 1, V, 15-16
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised. 13-15
Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valor of my tongue 15 All that impedes thee from the golden round,
Act 3, scene 111, 1-10
BANQUO Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played'st most foully for 't. Yet it was said It should not stand in thy...