"We weird sisters, hand in hand, swift travelers over the sea and land, dance around like so. Three times to yours, and three times again, to add up to nine. Enough! The charm is ready."
"The voice kept crying, "Sleep no more!" to everyone in the house." Macbeth has murdered sleep, and therefore Macbeth will sleep no more."
"As sure as I'm standing here, I saw him."
"Well done! I admire your efforts, and all of you will share the rewards. Now come sing around the cauldron like a ring of elves and fairies, enchanting everything you put in."
The witches predict that Macbeth will be thane of Cawdor and king of Scotland, and that Banquo will be the father of kings.
(rubbing her hands) Come out, damned spot! Out, I command you! One, two. OK, it’s time to do it now.—Hell is murky!—Nonsense, my lord, nonsense! You are a soldier, and yet you are afraid? Why should we be scared, when no one can lay the guilt upon us?—But who would have thought the old man would have had so much blood in him??
Macbeth sees a vision of a bloody dagger floating before him, leading him to Duncan's room. When he hears Lady Macbeth ring the bell to signal the completion of her preparations, Macbeth sets out to kill Duncan.
Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth as he sits down to a celebratory banquet, making him act like he should be in an asylum. Lady Macbeth attempts to cover up for his odd behavior but the banquet comes to a premature end as the thanes begin to question Macbeth's sanity.
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The witches show Macbeth three apparitions. The first warns him against Macduff, the second tells him to fear no man born of woman, and the third prophesizes that he will fall only when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane castle. When he asks the witches if their prophesy about Banquo will come true, they show him a procession of eight kings, all of whom look like Banquo.
Lady Macbeth suffers from bouts of sleepwalking. To a doctor who observes her symptoms, she unwittingly reveals her guilt as she pronounces that she cannot wash her hands clean of bloodstains. Macbeth is too preoccupied with battle preparations to pay much heed to her dreams and expresses anger when the doctor says he cannot cure her.