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A contrastive pair that the witches says in Act 1 scene 1

"Fair is foul, and foul is fair"


"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."

This is the witches mantra that is repeated three times. The number 3 appears a lot because it is supposed to be good but is mentioned by bad people.


"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't."

This means to look innocent when you aren't because Macbeth needs to look innocent if he doesn't want to be caught for killing Duncan when he should be getting punished.


How is Macbeth killed, who by and why does he kill him?

Macduff kills Macbeth by cutting his head off at his castle. This happened because he killed Macduff's family.


"I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent"

Macbeth says he doesn't have any reason to kill Duncan because he hasn't done anything wrong to him so there is no real reason.


Macbeth hallucinates and sees things which aren't there. This happens before he kills Duncan because he sees a dagger.

"Is this a dagger which I see before me"


What does Macbeth say about Lady Macbeth when see dies?

"Out, out, brief candle!"


"There's no art to find the minds of construction"

This is ironic because Macbeth and and the old Thane of Cawdor both fooled Duncan and then Duncan ends up being killed by Macbeth


What quote talks about Banquo's children becoming kings?

"Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none."


What is said by the witches that Macbeth should be afraid of?

"burning wood comes to Dunsinane"


The witches don't know about the earth and aren't very knowledgeable.

"scale of Dragon"


What does the proter say " it provokes and unprovokes"? about?



"Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness."

Macbeth is being called to soft because he doesn't want to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is saying he is to kind and not man enough to do it.


"When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle 's lost and won"

The witches talk in groups of three because it is associated with evil.