Macbeth Act 3

to persuade the 2 murderers to agree to kill Banquo, Macbeth tells them Banquo has been the cause of their misery
“O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!” the connotation of scorpions is horrors
act 3 serves mainly to introduce the play’s climax
what is the cause of macbeth’s irrational behavior at the banquet his guilty conscience
“We are yet but young in deed” means they are only just beginning their crimes
Macbeth’s guilt that causes him to imagine he sees Banquo’s ghost at the banquet is an example of internal conflict
by the end of act 3, how has Macbeth changed since the beginning of the play? he is now quick to use treachery to suit his ends
why does Macbeth send along a 3rd murderer to join the first 2 in killing Banquo? Macbeth has become terribly suspicious and trusts no one; he sends the 3rd to make certain the job is done
“Nought’s had, all’s spent, / Where our desire is got without content” she and Macbeth have risked everything but have gained no happiness because they are living in fear
In scene 1, Macbeth is glad that Banquo will not be returning to the palace until nightfall because macbeth wants Banquo to be killed under cover of darkness
when act 3 begins, banquo says that he knows Macbeth has killed Duncan
“Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown / And put a barren scepter in my gripe” he has no male heir
external conflict Macbeth wants Banquo dead, so he hires men to kill them
why does Macbeth fear banquo? Banquo is loyal to the true king.
dramatic irony Macbeth’s urging Banquo to attend the feast
Macbeth fears Banquo’s _______ heart. dauntless
Macbeth plays the ____ role in Banquo’s death. predominant
Macbeth’s actions toward Banquo and his family show _____. malevolence
Banquo’s allegiance to King Duncan was ______. indissoluble

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