"Fair is foul, and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air."
After soldiers bravely fight a battle against Norway, King Duncan hears about two courageous knights, Banquo and Macbeth, and decides to reward them.
"No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth."
"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Glamis
As Macbeth and Banquo make their way back to the castle, they stumble upon the three witches.
"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Cawdor!"
"All hail, Macbeth, the future king!"
In the opening scene of Macbeth, the three witches are gathered and repeat this famous quote. This gives information about the world of Macbeth and touches on how the witches believe that evil is good and that good is evil. This will play a large part on the plot later on in the story.
"The prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see."
Here, King Duncan's kindness is shown and he makes Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor. With this, the King is trusting Macbeth fully, which only emphasizes his big heart and kindness, as well as his generosity. This is a point where events start to change, as it is the part where Macbeth starts to gain more and more power.
After receiving a letter from her husband, Lady Macbeth is aware of him becoming the Thane. A servant lets her know that the King will be joining her and Macbeth later that night, to congratulate him on his bravery.
"This night’s great business into my dispatch, Which shall to all our nights and days to come Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom."
The witches reveal their prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo, which fuel Macbeth's rise to get to the crown. Here, they tell him he will be the new king and that he will be made Thane, which the audience knows to be truth. After this, Macbeth decides he wants to make the prophecies true, and does anything in his power to destroy the King. His selfishness starts to be seen when he is consumed by the witches prophecies.
Right after welcoming Duncan into her home, Lady Macbeth plots a way of killing him.
'What beast was ’t, then, That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place"
"Prithee, peace: I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none."
After the prophecies turn out to be true, Macbeth awaits for the perfect opportunity to become the king. He says that he is scared, and will close his eyes when the acts are done, but he will kill someone nonetheless. He is afraid but the desire to be Godly like Duncan is stronger than his fear. This reveals a lot about his character, as he is driven by selfish reasons and only ever thinks of himself.
In this scene, Lady Macbeth's true colors become true. She wants to help her husband at all costs, and the audience sees her bravery. She tells him not to worry and that she will take care of King Duncan. She has a pan and wants the best for her and her husband, which make her evil but loyal to him.
Macbeth is skeptical about his wife's plan and by telling her he doesn't want to go ahead with it, a different side of him is seen. He is no longer desperate to kill the king, as he realises how absurd the plan is. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth gets angry with him for putting it off. Here, she is becoming the one obsessed with the idea of being royalty, and it is a true reflection of her personality.