Macbeth Act III Quotes Test

“Thou hast it now- king, Cawdor, Glamis, all as the weird women promised, and I fear thou played’st most foully for it. 1. Who is the speaker?2. Whom is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Banquo2. The audience/himself3. “You have it all- you are king, Thane of Cawdor and Glamis, all as the witches promised; however, I fear you committed foul play for those titles.”4. It’s important because this is a turning point in Macbeth and Banquo’s friendship, as Banquo is now losing trust in Macbeth upon finding out that he may have killed Duncan.
“To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared.”1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Macbeth2. Audience/himself3. “To be king is nothing, but to be safely king is different. We fear Banquo, as his family line will produce an heir which is to be feared.”4. The witches’ prophecy had mentioned Banquo producing an heir that would become king, which makes Macbeth realize that he has to do something about that because his position is at risk.
“Fleance, his son, that keeps him company, whose absence is no less material to me than his father’s, must embrace the fate of the dark hour.”1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Macbeth2. Murderers3. “Fleance, Banquo’s son, who keeps him company, his murder is just as important to me as his father’s, so he must also meet the same dark fate.”4. This is where we find out that Fleance is also going to be killed, which confirms that Macbeth will remain king.
“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.” 1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Macbeth2. Lady Macbeth3. “It would be better to be with the dead, who we, to gain peace, have killed, than to be tortured by my mind to enjoy the ecstasy of being king.”4. It’s important because it shows the beginning of a downward spiral for Macbeth, as he’s starting to lose his mind.
Thou art the best o’ th’ cutthroats,Yet he’s good that did the like for Fleance.If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil.”1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Macbeth2. murderers3. “You are the best of the murderers, however, whoever killed Fleance is just as good. If you killed them both, you are the best, and no one can compare to you. “4. It shows how much Macbeth truly cared that both Fleance and Banquo were dead.
“There comes my fit again. I had else been perfect, whole as the marble, founded as the rock, as broad and general as the casing air. But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in to saucy doubts and fears.”1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Macbeth2. Murderers3. “There comes my worries again. I had been perfectly fine, solid as marble, established as the rock, free as the air. But now, I am trapped in these doubts and fears.”4. It shows how Macbeth had finally thought he escaped his worries, but unfortunately, he had not.
“O, proper stuff! This is the very painting of your fear; this is the air-drawn dagger which you said led you to Duncan.”1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Lady Macbeth2. Macbeth3. “Oh, nonsense! This is the epitome of your fear; this is the magical dagger in the air that you said led you to Duncan.”4. This is where they finally get down to the root of Macbeth’s problems. He keeps seeing strange hallucinations, which is leading him to bad decisions.
“The time has been that, when the brains were out, the man would die, and there an end. But now they rise again with twenty mortal murders on their crowns and push us from our stools.”1. Who is the speaker?2. Who is this person speaking to?3. Explicate. 4. What is the importance to the movement of a play? 1. Macbeth2. Lady Macbeth3. “It used to be that when the brains were ripped out, the victim would die. But now, they rise again with twenty stab wounds on their heads and push us from our stools.” 4. This where Macbeth accidentally spills that someone had been murdered. It doesn’t reveal who it was, however.

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