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“Macbeth” – Important quotes to memorize

Act 1

• Fair is foul, and foul is fair – The Witches (Act 1, Scene 1)

• If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow, and which will not, speak. – Banquo (Act 1, Scene 3)

• And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s In deepest consequence. – Banquo (Act 1, Scene 3)

• If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me. – Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 3)

• There’s no art to find... (More)

Macbeth: Importance of Act 3

In Macbeth, act 3 is possibly one of the most important acts in the whole play. It adds a lot of tension and changes the play upside down. It also adds a few new characters to the play who are starting to influence the story.

In scene 1 of act 3 we see Banquo, one of Macbeth’s loyal friend starting to doubt Macbeth of murdering Duncan as he is aware of the witch’s prophecy. For the same reason Macbeth is nervous and plots to kill his own friend for the fear of being exposed. He is also jealous about the... (More)

Macbeth & Banquo: Friendship and Differences

From the beginning of the play, Banquo is seen a Macbeth’s closest friend. In the start, Macbeth and Banquo are loyal, honourable and impressive warriors in the king’s army. Later in the play we see Banquo as being a contrast to Macbeth as Macbeth’s ambition and selfishness takes over.

Banquo and Macbeth’s friendship is challenged on their encounter of the ‘weird’ sisters. The witches promise kingship to Macbeth by which Banquo is eager to find out his future. Although Banquo’s descendants are promised to sit on the throne, Banquo hesitates to fully have faith in the witch’s prophecy. He has... (More)