Macbeth Act 3

Prophecy Banquo recalls at beginning of Act 3 His children (Fleance) will be kings.
Macbeth’s reaction to the witches’ prophecy Hires murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance
Macbeth, he doesn’t have an heir to succeed him, his wife is barren. “Fruitless crown and barren sceptre”
Dogs What Macbeth calls the murderers, sets the mood.
How Macbeth persuades the murderers to help him Tells them Banquo is the one who oppressed them.
Macbeth’s reaction to plotting Banquo’s murder Wants to get rid of his bond with humanity
Macbeth “We have scratched the snake, not killed it”
Macbeth “Duncan is in his grave; After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well”
Banquo’s “candle” is extinguished, Fleance escapes Result of attempted murder
“To revenge” Banquo’s dying words to Fleance
Thanes of Scotland, Macduff is not there Who Macbeth invites to his dinner party
Macbeth’s insanity Sees ghost of Banquo sitting in his chair twice
Witches Macbeth visits them to get answers
Macbeth “It will have blood they say: blood will have blood”
Hecate Greek goddess of witchcraft, joins three witches
Hecate’s reaction to witches Angry at them for causing so much trouble, tells them to make things right
Lennox, expresses doubts about Macbeth “Did he kill the guards hastily?”
Macduff Gone to England to team up with Malcolm, ask for help from King Edward of England (raise an army)
How scenes I and II reveal a moral change in Macbeth Macbeth is corrupted and sinful, willing to kill Banquo and Fleance to secure the crown. Macbeth becomes insane
Change in Lady Macbeth She is protective of her husband (lies when he is talking to ghost)
When Banquo’s ghost appears When Macbeth is toasting to Banquo’s health, it is ironic b/c Macbeth killed Banquo and knows he is dead
How Lady Macbeth acts to save Macbeth Tells the thanes that Macbeth has been talking to himself since he was young, he will get over the fit
Macbeth “Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren sceptre in my gripe”
Reason the banquet scene is turning point Fleance escapes the murder attempt and Macbeth begins to change
Macbeth’s soliloquy in scene I Afraid Banquo is suspicious of him, feels he needs to kill him to secure the crown
Hecate’s reaction to witches involvement Angry, tells them to fix the problem they created
What Macbeth’s final speech reveals about his moral degeneration Downward spiral, doesn’t care about killing people to get what he wants
Reason Macduff left for England Team up with Malcolm and King Edward to raise an army to go against Macbeth

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