How do Macbeth and Banquo differ in their reactions to the witches' news?
The three witches hail Macbeth as Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor, and they tell him he shall be king hereafter. Macbeth is dumbfounded because he has been secretly thinking about becoming king by murdering Duncan and has been discussing this with his wife.
Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more.
By Sinel's death I know I am Thane of Glamis;
But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives,
A prosperous gentleman; and to be King
Stands not within the prospect of belief,
No more than to be Cawdor. (Act 1, Scene 3)
As yet he does not know that he has already become Thane of Cawdor because Duncan has ordered the present traitorous Cawdor executed and his title and property transferred to Macbeth.
No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death,
And with his former title greet Macbeth. (Act 1, Scene 2)
When Macbeth is informed of this honor by messengers, it whets his appetite to become king, since he is convinced that these witches really can foretell the future. As he says to his wife in a letter:
“They met me in the day of success, and I have
learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them
than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question
them further, they made themselves air, into which
they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came
missives from the King, who all-hailed me ‘Thane of
Cawdor’; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted
me, and referred me to the coming on of time with ‘Hail,
King that shalt be!’ This have I thought good to deliver thee,
my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose
the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is
promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewell.” (Act 1, Scene 5)
He burns "in desire to know more" and is "rapt in the wonder of it." The three witches spoil Macbeth's secret elation by telling Banquo that he will...
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