May they not be my oracles as well, And set me up in hope? But hush, no more.
As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.
Scene 1 (Cont.)
We have scorched the snake, not killed it. She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth.
Why do you keep alone, Of sorriest fancies your companions making, Using those thoughts which should indeed have died With them they think on?
Banquo is suspicious of Macbeth and thinks he may have murdered Duncan, but he is going to remain silent in the hope that the prophecies will be fulfilled for him. Macbeth is holding a banquet that night. One literary element is foreshadowing because Macbeth continuously asks Banquo what he will be doing while he is gone. He is “interested” in Banquo’s location so his plan of murder will be fulfilled
Macbeth is talking to the murderers he found. He uses these murderers to convince them that Banquo is their enemy and he does not care about them.Another literary term used is dramatic irony is because we the audience, know that the reason why Macbeth wants Banquo and his son, Fleance, dead is because he will be crowned king. The murderers are unaware of this.
Prithee, see there! Behold! Look! Lo! How say you? Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too. If charnel houses and our graves must send Those that we bury back, our monuments Shall be the maws of kites.
Lady Macbeth is concerned about Macbeth's well being. Both she and Macbeth are suffering from troubled sleep, nightmares and loss of appetite. He uses a metaphor comparing his known enemies to snakes and vicious reptiles. Lady Macbeth also uses diction to show how depressed and blue her husband must be feeling. She uses words like "sorriest fancies" to explain how forlorn and isolated Macbeth must feel.
In this scene,Banquo is murdered and Fleance manages to escape and flee. The two literary elements shown are climax and setting. This is considered the climax of Macbeth because this is where Macbeth has a conflict and is the reason why panic strikes him and it leads to his downfall and he is emotionally unstable This scene is shown through setting. The setting is on a rainy, gloomy day. It marks the place of an important event
Macbeth is informed about Fleance's escape and he is strucken with fear and anxiety. This leads him to hallucante Banquo's ghost which torments him. Meanwhile,Lady Macbeth is trying to calm him down while telling the guest that he had this health issue as a child.Macbeth says “”cabined, cribbed, confined” as a use of alliteration.. Another form of literary device used is internal conflict.Macbeth is having a conflict with himself (man vs. self) because he is beginning to have hallucinations of the murder he had ordered to be done and is losing his self confidence.
Hecate, a new witch, is upset because the other witches did not consult her before they spoke to Macbeth.She states that she will cast a spell that will ruin Macbeth's fate.The literary elements used within this scene are foreshadowing and allusion. The scene foreshadows about Macbeth's downfall andhow Hecates is planning to make Macbeth feel after she and the witches meet in the morning to determine his fate. Allusion is used having Hecates as a character. This character derived from Greek mythology where she is the goddess of both witchcraft and magic.