When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain?
Act 2: Scene 1
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?
The first witch opens the play talking about 'thunder, lightning or in rain' This infers that the witches could cause the bad weather due to the chaos that they cause. The use of pathetic fallacy suggests that the characters are sinister. Shakespeare would have used witches in the opening as people in this era were frightened by the supernatural.
Here Macbeth is on his way to commit regicide. He is beginning to hallucinate and begins his soliloquy. He comments on the 'dagger' that he can see. The dagger represents the murder he is about to commit and how guilty he already feels. The use of supernatural continues to intrigue the audience - making us wonder if he will follow through. Shakespeare would have included the hesitance to show the weakness in the strong warrior Macbeth.