"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee,Thane of Cawdor! / All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (I.III.52-53).
"My thought, who's murder yet is but fantastical, / Shakes so my single state of man" (I.II.152-153).
"Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / of direst cruelty" (I.V.48-50).
The witches tell Macbeth that he is now the Thane of Cawdor and will someday become king.
"We will proceed no further in this business. / He hath honored me of late..." (I.VII.34-35).
Macbeth thinks that in order to become king, he'll have to kill Duncan, the present king.
"...And live a coward in thine own esteem... When Duncan is asleep / his two chamberlains / Will I with wine and wassail so convince / That memory... Shall be a fume... lies as in death... The unguarded Duncan?" (I.Vii.47-80).
Lady Macbeth reads the letter Macbeth sent her about becoming king and calls upon the spirits to transform her to complete evilness.
'You should be women, / And yet your beards forbid me to interpret / That you are so" (I.III.47-49).
Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he does not want to kill King Duncan.
Lady Macbeth insults Macbeth and tells him the plan to kill Macbeth, and he agrees to it.
This play challenges the roles of gender through the characters, especially with the witches. In this scene, Banquo is questioning the looks of the witches because they have beards, but they are women. The witches and their questionable gender are used as symbols to criticize the male-dominated society.