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When told he is Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth says, "two truths are told as happy prologues...

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meny | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2007 at 10:24 AM via web

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When told he is Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth says, "two truths are told as happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme." What does Imperial themes mean?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 18, 2007 at 11:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Ah, good question. The two truths are the two of the witches' predictions that have already come true, leading Macbeth to believe that a third will come true: he will be king. The "imperial theme" is the idea that he'll be king.

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sampu88 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 17, 2007 at 5:48 AM (Answer #2)

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the royal kingship promsied to him by the three witches.

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