English - Act one, scene three
Act one, scene three
_Macbeth's belief in the witches' prophecies is perhaps better
understood in terms of modern society's belief in supernatural forces_
This scene returns to the witches and the power that they have is
established in their dialogue. On their return from battle Macbeth and
Banquo encounter the witches. Ominously, Macbeth's words echo that of the
witches in scene one when he comments, 'SO FOUL AND FAIR A DAY I HAVE NOT
SEEN' (line 37) .
The witches address Macbeth as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King
hereafter. Macbeth is greatly surprised by this information. When Banquo
asks if they can 'SEE INTO THE SEEDS OF TIME' (line 57) and predict his
future he is told his sons will be kings. The two men are both alarmed and
pleased at what they have been told and when Macbeth tries to question the
witches further they vanish.
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