Three witches meet, setting a mysterious atmosphere for the rest of the story.
Fair is foul and foul is fair
King Duncan has learnt about the defeat of Macdonwald from an injured sergeant. The thane of Ross also informs him that the Thane of Cawdor is a traitor and has been captured. Scotland has won the war. Duncan is happy and names Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor.
For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name— Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody execution,
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
While Macbeth and Banquo are on their way back to Forres, they come across the three witches. The witches tell Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and the king after, they also say that Banquo's children will be Kings but he will not. They then dissapear.
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
The King has a meeting with Macbeth, Banquo, the Prince and more. The King announces that he will be staying at Macbeth's castle on the way home, he also says that Malcolm will be his successor.
More is thy due than more than all can pay.
Lady Macbeth recieves Macbeth's letter in which tell her of the witch's prophecies. She believes that Macbeth is to kind to kill Duncan.
Yet do I fear thy nature;It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness
I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.
Macbeth is debatig whether to murder when Lady Macbeth walks in and tries to convince him to kill Duncan. She claims that he will be a coward who doesn't stick to his word if he doesn't do it. Macbeth agrees to do it.