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Explain in your own words exactly how Macbeth and Banquo react to their prophecies.Remember that their reactions change throughtout Act 1 Scene 3.You should provide short quotations to support what you say.

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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AS and A Level Macbeth

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Explain in your own words exactly how

Macbeth and Banquo react to their

prophecies.

Remember that their reactions change

throughtout Act 1 Scene 3.

You should provide short quotations to

support what you say.

In Act 1 Scene 3, the three witches foresee the future

for Macbeth and Banquo. They prophesise Macbeth

will be Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland.

Macbeth is awestruck by these three strange

creatures predicting his future titles. This could be

because he had previously thought of being king,

and the witches had told him what he wanted to hear

- that it would soon become reality.

Banquo asks Macbeth why he is afraid of these

inhuman creatures if they are telling him things that

sound so just and equitable, "Good sir, why do you

start and seem to fear/Things that do sound so fair?"

(Act 1 Sc3, Lines:49-50)

By this we can see Banquo is happy for Macbeth's

future, but soon turns self-centred and asks the

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