Macbeth Act 3

Scene 1
1. What suspicions does Banquo voice? What does he say that lets us know what he suspects? he is suspicious that macbeth killed duncan to become king “i fear though playdest most foully for it”
2. Who besides Banquo knows of the witches’ prophecies? lady macbeth and macbeth
3. Why does Macbeth question Banquo about his plan? he’s plotting banquo’s murder and he needs to know where banquo will be
4. What suspicions does Macbeth harbor? that Banquo is plotting Macbeth’s death so that his children will be king
Why does Macbeth fear Banquo? -Banquo heard the witched prophecies -Banquo is intelligent -Banquo is ambitious -Banquo’s sons will be king
5. What does Macbeth tell the murderers about Banquo? 1. Banquo is enemy because of financial problems2. You will be in my good graces if you kill him because he is my enemy too
6. According to Macbeth, why does he himself not kill Banquo? because mutual friends would take sides and divide the counrty
7. Who else are the murderers to kill? fleance
Scene 2
8. What is the meaning of Lady Macbeth’s saying, “Naught’s had, all’s spent,/Where our desire is got without content”? she and Macbeth are not any happier now that they have to kill to become king and queen
9. From what affliction does Macbeth suffer? guilt of the murder and terrible dreams
10. Lady Macbeth says, “You must leave this.” What does she mean? he must get over his guilt
11. Is Lady Macbeth aware that Macbeth has planned the death of Banquo and Fleance? no
12. How is the planning of Banquo’s murder different from that of Duncan’s? -macbeth has hired hitmen to do the killing -macbeth has taken the lead in planning this murder while lady macbeth had to push him to kill duncan -macbeth is killing to keep the crown instead to get the crown -macbeth doesn’t struggle with his conscious with this murder
Scene 3
13. Who is murdered in this scene? banquo
14. Who escapes? fleance
15. What is Banquo’s dying request to Fleance? run away and get revenge for his death
16. What activity opens the scene? banquet at macbeths castle
17. Who joins the assembled group, sitting in Macbeth’s place? ghost of banquo
18. How does Lady Macbeth explain Macbeth’s reaction? he has had these spells since he was a child
19. What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s claim of seeing Banquo’s ghost? disregards is and says you’re looking at an empty chair
20. To what other event in the play is this ghostly appearance similar? the dagger
21. Why does Lady Macbeth ask everyone to leave? macbeth is talking out loud to the ghost and she is afraid he will expose his guilt
22. Who refused the banquet invitation? macduff
23. What is Macbeth’s plan for the next day? -to check on macduff through his spy that is a survent in macduff’s home -go back to see the witches and make them tell him more
24. To what does Macbeth attribute his condition? its because i’m new to murder
Scene 5
25. What does Hecate (godess of witchcraft) plan to do? to further plot macbeth’s downfall
Scene 6
26. What is implied in Lennox’s speech at the opening of the scene? he’s suspicious of macbeth and his quick rise to power
27. Where has Macduff gone? to england to find Malcolm and get help from the king
28. What does he hope to do? build forces to goup against macbeth
29. What purpose does this scene serve? summarize the events that have taken place so far
THINKING ABOUT ACT III
30. Macbeth thinks that his agitation and sleeplessness will lessen in time. Do you believe this will happen? no, because he is plotting more murders
How was Banquo killed? -ambushed-throat cut-stabbed 20 times in head-thrown in a ditch-brains ussed out
” I am in blood/Stepped in so far that, should i wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go over.” macbeth to lady macbeth, macbeth is guilty, and there is no way even if he never murders again, he can never go back to the innocent man he once was
“To know my deed, ‘twerp best not know myself.” Macbeth to Lady Macbeth meaning it is better to be lost in my thoughts then to be aware of what i have done

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