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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Foreshadowing

An event that predicts a greater event that will happen in the future.

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"Hail!
Hail!
Hail!
Lesser than MacBeth, and greater.
Not so happy, yet much happier.
Thou shalt get kings, though thous be
none:
So, all hail MacBeth and Banquo!
Banquo and MacBeth, all hail!
Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more:" I, iii, 62-70.

The witches are have finished telling MacBeth that he will be king, he then tells Banquo that he will never be king, but his children will be.  This is important, because we later find out that MacBeth will soon murder Banquo.  They also say that he will be happier, perhaps signifying that MacBeth will eventually do away with him, and he will be in heaven, in a happy afterlife. 

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"How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees." W. Shakespeare.

Cristen Kleindienst, English 11, Block A2, Mr. Brisebois, May 2005.