When Banquo asks the witches “if they can look into the seeds of time,” Banquo is referring to the prophecy the witches have just given Macbeth. The witches have just prophesied that Macbeth will be king in future time. If this is to be so, then the witches know which grain will grow and which grain will die.
Considering this, what does if you can look into the seeds of time mean?
‘If you can look into the seeds of time / And say which grain will grow and which will not, / Speak then to me’ Banquo asks the Witches to look into the future to see what predictions they can make for him.
Beside above, what is a metaphor in Macbeth Act 1?
An extended metaphor is a comparison that lasts several lines in the play. In Act I, scene 2 of Macbeth, the Captain uses several extended metaphors to describe the battle that Macbeth just fought. He says of the battle, “Doubtful it stood;/ As two spent swimmers, that do cling together/And choke their art” (I.
Can the devil speak true?
What, can the devil speak true? 108 The Thane of Cawdor lives; why do you dress me 109 In borrow’d robes? Who was the thane lives yet; 110 But under heavy judgment bears that life 111 Which he deserves to lose.
By using the phrase ‘what he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won’, it shows that at the very beginning Macbeth is thought of very highly. By using the word ‘noble’ it gives us the idea that the king trusts Macbeth, which is ironic since Macbeth is the one that kills him.
Macbeth’s query, ‘Why do you dress me in borrow’d robes? ‘, is part of a chain of repeated clothing imagery that carries through the play, creating one of the many motifs in Macbeth. Being dressed in ‘borrowed robes’ suggests that Macbeth has acquired the title ‘Thane of Cawdor’ when it does not belong to him.
“Which honor must not unaccompanied invest him only, but signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine on all deservers.” Duncan (1.4. 41-42) “To beguile time, look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, but be the serpant under.” Lady MacBeth (1.5.