Act 1 Scene 3






  1. What does the first witch threaten to do to the sailor’s wife who refused to share her chestnuts? What does this tell us about the witches?


  1. The witches greet Macbeth with three titles. What are these titles? What is their significance?


  1. What difference is there in the reaction of Macbeth and Banquo to the prophecies?
  2. Banquo was very sceptical and didn’t believe that the witches were saying the truth. However, Macbeth was very happy and got very excited about the prophecies. Macbeth also believed the prophecies because one of the prophecies already came true which is becoming Thane of Cawdor.

  3. What does Banquo mean when he tells Macbeth in the following quote? What is the significance of the above quote?


And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths.
Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s
In deepest consequence. (I.iii.123-126)



  1. What does Macbeth reveal during the following aside? How does he later contradict himself?


I am thane of Cawdor.

If good, why do I yield to that suggestion

Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair

And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,

Against the use of nature? Present fears

Are less than horrible imaginings.

My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,

Shakes so my single state of man (I.iii.133-140)




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