1. Banquo says: Thou hast it now—King, Cawdor, Glamis, all/ As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Thou played’st most foully, for’t.
· Literal Interpretation: You are now king as the witches prophesied, but you didn't play fair to get it.
· Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation: The idea of power corrupts and can cause you to do terrible things.
2. Macbeth says: They hailed him father to a line of kings./ Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/ And put a barren scepter in my grip.
· Literal Interpretation: They made him king.
· Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation: This man that needs his wife to make decisions for him and is so afraid of people that he kills everyone now is in control of an entire kingdom.
3. Lady Macbeth says: Naught’s had, all’s spent,/ Where our desire is got without content./ ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy/ Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
· Literal Interpretation: Better be safe than sorry (AKA kill 'em).
· Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation: Lady Macbeth has a way of controlling Macbeth and uses her words to persuade him to do what she wants.
4. Macbeth says: Better be with thee,/ Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent peace,/ Than on the torture of the mind to lie/ In restless ecstasy.
· Literal Interpretation: Not quite positive, but it sounds like he is envying those that he has murdered because they no longer have worries or fears.
· Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation:He is now questioning his own life as he takes away others.
5. Macbeth says: I am in blood/ Stepped so far that, should I wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
· Literal Interpretation: He has murdered himself into a pretty deep hole that he can't dig himself out of.· Symbolic/Thematic Interpretation: Rather than be a strong king, Macbeth feared his position
and let that fear control his decisions. The most people he killed, the more fear and guilt he had.