Macbeth Act 1 Scene 3 Quotes

‘killing swine’ – the witches are perceived to be more powerful than they actually are.
‘I’ll drain him dry as hay’ – the sailor’s fate is comparable to Macbeth’s by the end of the play, draining him morally, mentally and physically/
‘sleep shall neither night or day’ – the witches are also going to torture the sailor by stopping the natural aspect of his life such as sleep.- Shakespeare is foreshadowing Macbeth’s decline the madness by mentioning the torturous act of insomnia. – the lack of sleep is reference throughout the play as an illness causing Macbeth’s decline into insanity; brought on by the supernatural (unnatural) witches.
‘ I’ll give thee wind’ – Shakespeare further develops the theme of the supernatural by describing the witches powers, as they control the winds.
‘Though his bark cannot be lost, yet it shall be tempest – tossed’ – The witches can interfere with the sailor’s journey but can’t kill him directly = This can be linked to Macbeth’s own downfall as it is prophesied by the witches but only directly influenced by Macbeth himself.
‘why do you start, and seem to fear things that you do sound so fair’ – Shakespeare compares both Banquo and Macbeth in order to convey the idea that Macbeth’s eventual downfall is nobody’s but his = Banquo is a better man as he immediately dismisses the prophecies told by the witches.- Macbeth is scared of the thought of becoming king as it would mean murder. This contrasts the use of execution in Act 1 Scene 1 which describes the lawful killing by Macbeth.- Banquo also questions Macbeth’s integrity by asking Macbeth whether or not he had previous thoughts of gaining kingship due to his anxious reaction.
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at the ribs – Macbeth is haunted by the mental image of him murdering King Duncan.- This juxtaposes Macbeth in later scenes where he is then extremely paranoid and emotionless.
So foul and fair a day I have not seen – Macbeth begins to speak much like the witches back in Scene 1.- This once again relates Macbeth to the theme and connotations of the supernatural.
Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more – Shakespeare uses the imperative verb of ‘stay’ to impose his power upon the seemingly ‘imperfect’ speakers, describes how Macbeth wants the help of inferior beings.
Breath in the wind – The witches have disappeared into ‘thin air’ = links the witches to the idea of the supernatural.
What, can the devil speak true? – Banquo is associating the witches with the devil, directly comparing them to the theme of the supernatural.
[Aside] Present fears are less than horrible imaginings- – Macbeth is terrified of the thoughts of killing Duncan but ponders how the physical action would be a lot easier.- Shakespeare’s use of [Aside] describes these thoughts as personal to Macbeth, reinforcing his deteriorating mental state.

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