In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, where does it show the weird sister telling Macbeth that he will be the thane?I was just wondering where the weird sister tell Macbeth he will/can be thane. I'm...

In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, where does it show the weird sister telling Macbeth that he will be the thane?

I was just wondering where the weird sister tell Macbeth he will/can be thane. I'm pretty much looking for where the weird sister tells him the stuff about him being thane.   

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Predictions, ghosts, and witchcraft influence much of William Shakespeare'sMacbeth.  The Weird Sisters tell Macbeth their prediction that he will be thane in Act I, scene three.  They greet Macbeth with his future title:

"All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of
Cawdor! " (I.iii.50-51)

In the next few lines of this scene, the sisters also reveal that Macbeth will also be a future king.  With these predictions, Macbeth's suspicions and hopes are heightened, and he calls after them, wishing for more information. 

"By Sinel's death I know I am Thane of Glamis;
But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives,(75)
A prosperous gentleman; and to be King
Stands not within the prospect of belief,
No more than to be Cawdor." (I.iii.74-77)

The weird sisters grant him no further predictions or information; they vanish, leaving Macbeth with more questions than answers.  The witches' insight both disturbs and intrigues Macbeth. 

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