Please fill in the blanks after the colons in regards to Act I of Shakespeare's Macbeth.When meeting the witches, Macbeth: When meeting the witches, Banquo: After Malcolm's nomination, Macbeth:...

Please fill in the blanks after the colons in regards to Act I of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

When meeting the witches, Macbeth:

When meeting the witches, Banquo:

After Malcolm's nomination, Macbeth:

After Malcolm's nomination, Banquo:

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When meeting the witches, Macbeth:  is immediately interested and says, "stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more" (1.3.70).  Originally, he wonders why he is given the title Thane of Cawdor when his only title to date is Thane of Glamis.  Further, Macbeth wonders how he could possibly become king.  Macbeth thinks it might be possible to make this happen, but only through murder which "yet is but fantastical," in other words only in his thoughts at that point.

When meeting the witches, Banquo: immediately questions Macbeth and wonders "why do you start, and seem to fear" (1.3.51).  Banquo does not believe these words and is surprised when Ross does appear and hails Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor.  Banquo thinks that these witches are surely evil and, therefore, do not speak the truth.  In fact, Banquo's words are important here:  "What, can the devil speak true?" (1.3.8).

After Malcolm's nomination, Macbeth: immediately plots how he can make the witches' prophesy come true by admitting "The Prince of Cumberland!  That is a step / On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, / For in my way it lies" (1.4.48-50).

After Malcolm's nomination, Banquo: doesn't say too much immediately, but he does humbly tell the king "there if I grow, the harvest is your own" (1.4.33) when Duncan showers Banquo with compliments.  In other words, Banquo's first thoughts are serving his king, not making the witches' prophesy come true.