Macbeth Act III

The “barren scepter” Macbeth refers to is a symbol, implying that he . . . will have no heirs to the throne
Macbeth explains to the hired murderers that they must keep his plan a secret because . . . he and Banquo have friends in common who would be upset
When Macbeth hears that Fleance has escaped the murderers, he reacts with . . . anxiety
When Macbeth begins talking to Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth reacts by . . . telling the others Macbeth has an illness
Which of the following phrases is the most vivid example of figurative language in Act III? “O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!”
As Scene i of Act III opens, Banquo reveals in a short soliloquy that he . . . suspects that Macbeth killed Duncan
Macbeth desires Banquo’s death because he fears Banquo and because . . . the witches promised that Banquo would father kings
In the extended banquet scene, Macbeth chastises Banquo for being absent. The irony of the speech lies in the fact that . . . Banquo is present in the form of a ghost
At the banquet, Macbeth’s tortured conscience cause him to . . . challenge Banquo’s ghost
During the banquet, Lady Macbeth does which of the following? Attempts to account to the guess for her husband’s odd behavior
In Act III scene vi, we learn that Macduff has gone to England to . . . gather forces to depose Macbeth
Which scene in Act III is the climax? The banquet scene (scene iv)
Climax point where the tragic hero begins his downfall
Who speaks soliloquy #3? Macbeth
What is the theme of soliloquy #3? Banquo
Why does Macbeth fear Banquo? Because he is smart and loyal
In soliloquy #3, what does Macbeth say about his murder of Duncan? He killed Duncan for Banquo’s sons, because he doesn’t have an heir. He is annoyed by this.
What does Macbeth not tell Lady Macbeth about in Act III scene ii? Killing Banquo
Who ends the party and why? Lady MacbethBecause she thinks Macbeth is going to confess Duncan’s murder
What prompts Lady Macbeth to end the party? Ross asking “what sights does Macbeth see?”
What happens at the end of scene iii? Macbeth wants to find the witches
Who does Macduff meet with? Malcolm and Siward in England
Siward commander of the English forces
How does Macbeth feel about Macduff’s absence at his party? He is angry and upset
What does Banquo suspect of Macbeth? That Macbeth played a part in Duncan’s murder
How does Banquo think Macbeth got to be king? By playing foully
What does Macbeth express towards Banquo for the first time in Soliloquy #3? Fear
Macbeth can’t be ____ while Banquo is ____. securealive
What does Macbeth do in order to convince the murderers to kill Banquo? Macbeth blames Banquo for their poor fortune (which is not true) as to make them want to kill Banquo by himselfQuestions their manhood
Why does Macbeth want to give the murderers a reason to kill Banquo? So he can pin it on them if he ever got in trouble for it
How is Macbeth is relation to his character in Act I? A completely different man
Who says the quote, “Naught’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content. ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy”? What does this mean? Lady MacbethEven though she got what she wanted, she is unhappy. It is safer to be dead than to be alive with what she wants.She would rather be dead.
Although Lady Macbeth started off fearless and evil, how is she now? fearful and guilty
Even though Lady Macbeth is scared, how does she believe she must appear for Macbeth? strong
Who says the quote, “better be with the dead, whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, than on the torture of the mind to lie in restless ecstasy”? What does this mean? MacbethHe would rather be dead.
How do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth feel on the inside in comparison to one another, how come they don’t know this? They both feel the same.Because they don’t have an honest relationship anymore, they don’t talk, therefore neither knows how the other feels.
Who says the quote, “O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!”? What does this mean? MacbethHis mind is poisoned
Who does Macbeth see at the dinner table that no one else does? The ghost of Banquo
Who says the quote, “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me”? Who is this directed at? Macbeth to Banquo’s ghost
What two important events does Macduff not show up to? Macbeth’s crowning and his party.
How does Macduff feel about Macbeth? He doesn’t like him
Who says the quote, “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er”? What does this mean? MacbethHe is in too deep, it doesn’t matter whether or not he stops now or keeps going.Rather than turning back, Macbeth will keep going.
Hecate Queen of the witches
What does Lennox realize in the last scene of Act III? something is wrong with Macbeth (he is getting smarter)
What does Lennox refer to Macbeth as in the last scene of Act III? a tyrant
Where did Macduff go to and why? To Malcolm in England so they can plan to overthrow Macbeth with England’s help, for he is a suspect in these murders.
Why does Macbeth wish to visit the weird sisters again? To ask what will happen next

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