Macbeth Act 3 Scenes 1-6

Scene 1: How does Macbeth’s use of hired murderers affect the development of his character in the play? Act one, Macbeth doesn’t like the idea of murdering people he knows. But now since he afford hired murderers he doesn’t feel bad about killing people he knows. Greedy for power, paranoid that someone will take away his power. Has gained more power, resulting in him becoming more insane
Scene 2: What strong metaphor does Macbeth use to describe his mental state? What is he worried about? Is Lady Macbeth aware of his plans to resolve his worries? Macbeth uses the metaphor of scorpions in his brain. Admitting to himself that he’s going crazy. Macbeth is worried that Banquo and his son, Fleance, are going to murder him. So he hires murderers to kill them. Lady Macbeth knows about a “plan” but doesn’t know the details.
Scene 3: What are Banquo’s dying words? How might they relate back to the prophecies ? “O treachery! Fly good Fleance, fly fly fly. May’st revenge! O slave!” –Run away and get revenge on Macbeth. Prophecy: Banquo’s family tree (sons) would become the next kings In order for this to happen we must kill Macbeth!
Scene 4: Why does Banquo’s ghost haunt Macbeth and not Duncan’s (ghost)? Macbeth feels guilty for killing Banquo, a really good friend of Macbeth. Macbeth didn’t need to kill Banquo to be king because he was already King. He chose to kill him to protect his throne…an unneeded death. Macbeth and Banquo were the only ones present during the witches’ prophecy. Macbeth was willing to to evil to make it happen. Banquo was going to allow the prophecy to fulfill itself and Macbeth wasn’t.
Scene 5: What comments does Hecate make that suggest Macbeth has free will? What does she say to suggest he is controlled by fate? Free will- calls him a spoiled brat, angry and hateful, doesn’t care about the witches. “Spiteful and Rathful, who as others do, loves for his own ends, not for you”
Scene 6: Lennox seems to be very careful in his speech. Why is he cautious in what he says? What, if anything, could be interpreted as a criticism of Macbeth? He is careful in what he says because he didn’t want to end up dead. He doesn’t want to be accused of treason. He used sarcasm to get his message across. Lennox calls Macbeth a “tyrant”.

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