How Does Macbeth React to the Witches Prophecies?

Topics: Macbeth, Kill, Three Witches Pages: 2 (761 words) Published: August 31, 2010
How does Macbeth react to the witches prophecies?

Throughout the first act of the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare Macbeth is controlled by his emotions more then his personal qualities as a strong and brave leader. One of his initial qualities as determined man, appear by the ending of the battle as he eliminates wounded enemy warrior. The willing to win battle makes him ambitious because he kills already wounded man who can not cause any harm to him. After the battle Macbeth crosses the witches who predict him that he will be thane of Cawdor and ultimately will become a king and Banqou’s offspring will continue the line of kings after the death of Macbeth. Initially Macbeth together with Banquo were skeptical regarding the prophecy. Banquo easily forgets the prophecy and make believe as it never happened, but Macbeth is worried about what happened and keeps the foretelling in mind. Yet he does not have any emotions until messenger will bring him news that he became new Thane of Cawdor.

As soon as witches vanish, Macbeth gets promoted and his ambition takes over him As in his mind he started imagining how he will be promoted to king. “We will establish our estate upon our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter The Prince of Cumberland - Act 1, Scene 4, Lines 37 – 39” In this quote Macbeth is talking to the person who is currently takes the position of a prince who will take a duty of the ruler after the king dies. Right at this moments Macbeth’s cruel plan of how to be crowned is born. But this though is quickly vanished away as the fear started to follow him. The fear was cursed by witches in the begging of the play: "Sleep shall neither night nor day Hang upon his penthouse lid; He shall live a man forbid: Weary… - Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 18 – 22” He was afraid that if he would kill the king and his next heir he will be haunted for the rest of his life. And again ambition takes over him and removes the fear when he talk to the prince, his main...
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