Act 1, Scene 3

  • Act 1, Scene 3

The witches meet at the heath where Macbeth and banquo come upon them. The witches predict that Macbeth will become thane of cawdor, then king soon after. Banquo is jealous at Macbeths fortune and is told by the witches that his (banquos) children will also be kings, meaning that they and banquo are somehow related to Macbeth. Macbeth only believes the witches as he is then told by Angus and Rosse that he is now thane of cawdor. Macbeth decides that instead of killing in order to become king he will leave it up to chance. “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. This is relating to fate, much like in Shakespeare’s other play, Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo says “he that hath the steetage of my course, direct my sail”.

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