Macbeth Act 3

‘I fear, thou play’dst most foully for’t.’ (SCENE 1) – The reference to foulness is an important theme in Macbeth such as the foul weather.- Macbeth is suspicious that the witches prophecy by killing king Duncan.- The witches deceived Macbeth and didn’t tell him how he could become King.
‘Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown.’ (SCENE 1) – Symbolises Macbeth hollow kingdom, its nothingness, meaningless.- Refers to how Banquos sons shall become king as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth will not have children because they both die in the end through guilt and insanity tells us Macbeth will be the last of his line on the throne.- Life is now worthless to Macbeth, the crown no longer matters to him.
‘We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it.’ (SCENE 2) – Macbeth views Banquo as the snake whereas in reality it’s Macbeth who is the snake.- Scoth’d: Injured or stopped.- Alliteration, Metaphor, Symbolism.- In reference to the bible the snake represents evil and the devil (genesis).- killing Banquo does not solve the problem of evil in Scotland as it is being ruled by something truly evil.
‘The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:’ (SCENE 3) – Metaphor and metonym combining the pairing of west and glimmer and glimmer with day.- ‘Streaks of day’ is the last remaining sunset of the day, change from light to darkness, West glimmer perhaps the sunset refers to a change in situation.
‘It will have blood: they say, blood will have blood:’ (SCENE 4) – Violence comes with violence, those how kill to gain power often have to kill to maintain it.- Macbeth knows what he has to do.
‘And you all know, security is mortals’ chiefest enemy.’ (SCENE 5) – Makes him complacent and unguarded in his actions he is getting careless.- Hecate: The queen of witches.- Is not included in the witches taunting.- when people feel like they get to a level in which they feel they are succeeding they slip up and make mistakes of which people notice.
‘In pious rage the two delinquents tear, that were slaves of drink and thralls of sleep? Was not that nobly done?’ (SCENE 6) – Maybe Lennox does in fact know that Macbeth is evil but fears voicing his concerns in fear of implicating treason against the king.- Lennox doesn’t realise that by killing the guards Macbeth was covering his own actions.- ‘pious’ and ‘nobly’: Dramatic irony.- Did he not commit a noble act by attacking the guards as they were drunk therefore not protecting the king.

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