In this scene, compare Macbeth’s first line with the First Witch’s description of how she will torture the sailor: MACBETH So foul and fair a day I have not seen. Although Macbeth initially doesn't think he could do such a thing, Lady Macbeth has no question in her mind that they would succeed.

We may imagine the Third Witch pausing for a moment while her sisters gather round her and then shrieking out the name of the hero in an ecstasy of devilish joy.

This forces us to pause in the middle of the line and so secures additional emphasis for the closing word, "Macbeth." Open, locks, Whoever knocks! Third Witch Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none: So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo! Enter MACBETH.
In line 8 the stressed syllable in the third foot is omitted. What is't you do?

(1.3.38) FIRST WITCH Sleep shall neither night nor day First Witch Banquo and Macbeth, all hail! ... , Macbeth. First Witch Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
tags: fantasy, first-lines, opening-lines, william-shakespeare, witches. Some of the lines in this speech are offensive to our twenty-first century ears, and I hesitated to print it here, on a site with significant family traffic. Second Witch By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. The Three Witches Spell from Shakespeare’s Macbeth is great to read or listen to for Halloween.. MACBETH How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags! ALL A deed without a name. Her ambition steels him.

In addition, where most of Shakespeare’s verse lines have five stresses, the Witches’ lines typically only have four. MACBETH Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me …

This is because most books on witch... 830 quotes have been tagged as witches: Neil Gaiman: ‘Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. Thus, the witches' influence on Lady Macbeth only increases their effect on Macbeth himself—and, by extension, the entire plot of the play. The witches in 'Macbeth' are key characters that serve as the impetus for Macbeth's ambition and his eventual decision to commit murder. 12, 13. Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38 Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983) Share on Twitter 234 likes.

Second Witch Not so happy, yet much happier.