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Macbeth's Moral Deterioration By the onset of the drama it seems already as if Macbeth is under the witches' influence. His very first line of the drama that he remembers the witches' words: "Foul and fair". It is like he, in the same way the witches, sees no difference between good and evil. When the witches first inform him he is Thane of Cawdor and 'shalt be king hereafter', Macbeth first dismisses the idea: " And to be king stands not within the prospect of belief - no more than to be Cawdor." When he says 'not within the possibility of perception' it means in the real world it could not happen, but maybe he has dreamed of it before. Then when the witches evaporate he says, "Would they have stayed!" He wished to know more concerning this prophecy he has expected of and the witches have said would come true. Ross and Angus then inform him he was declared as the Thane of Cawdor. He starts to trust the witches after their first prophecy comes true. He pulls Banquo aside and talks excitedly about the witches' prophecies "Do you not hope your children shall be kings, when people who gave the Thane of Cawdor to me, promised no less to them" He is asking Banquo if he thinks the witches as well, to see whether Banquo is on his side. This maybe signals that the idea of murdering Duncan has already crossed his mind and that he wants to know whether Banquo would assist him. Banquo, as a good friend, offers some words of warning: "The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence" He is saying to Macbeth that he might have been told that the facts just so he starts to hope the witches, which of course is e.. .