Macbeth Act III Test

MACBETHThou art the best o’ th’ cutthroats:Yet he’s good that did the like for Fleance.If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil. -Meaning: You are the best (murderers), especially if you killed Fleance -Said by Macbeth to the murderers
MACBETHThen 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 inTo saucy doubts and fears.—But Banquo’s safe? Meaning: Macbeth is telling the murderers that he is scared that fleance is still alive, and he is making sure that banquo is dead
MACBETHHere had we now our country’s honor roofed,Were the graced person of our Banquo present,Who may I rather challenge for unkindnessThan pity for mischance. dramatic irony; Macbeth is telling his guests that he is sad that banquo isn’t here, even though he knows he is dead.
LADY MACBETHSit, worthy friends. My lord is often thusAnd hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.The fit is momentary; upon a thoughtHe will again be well. If much you note him,You shall offend him and extend his passion.Feed and regard him not. (aside to MACBETH) Are you a man? Lady macbeth is speaking to the guests; she is telling them to disregard what macbeth is saying because of a mental sickness he has had since he was young.
LADY MACBETH O proper stuff!This is the very painting of your fear.This is the air-drawn dagger which you saidLed you to Duncan. Oh, these flaws and starts,Impostors to true fear, would well becomeA woman’s story at a winter’s fire,Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!Why do you make such faces? When all’s done,You look but on a stool. Lady Macbeth is scolding Macbeth and saying that he is just seeing things and needs to get his act together.
MACBETHThe time has beenThat, when the brains were out, the man would die,And there an end. But now they rise againWith twenty mortal murders on their crownsAnd push us from our stools. This is more strangeThan such a murder is. Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth that It used to be that when someone died that was it. Now they rise again It is even more strange than the murder.
I drink to the general joy o’ th’ whole table,And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss;Would he were here! To all and him we thirst,And all to all. Macbeth is telling his guests; I drink to you all and to Banquo, who we miss. We wish he were here.
MACBETHYou make me strangeEven to the disposition that I owe,When now I think you can behold such sights,And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,When mine is blanched with fear. Macbeth is asking the guests how they aren’t bothered by the ghost, because he thinks that they can see it.
How say’st thou that Macduff denies his personAt our great bidding? Macbeth is asking Lady macbeth after the feast why Macduff won’t come to him when he calls.
LADY MACBETH Did you send to him, sirMACBETHI hear it by the way; but I will send.There’s not a one of them but in his houseI keep a servant fee’d. I will tomorrow—And betimes I will—to the weird sisters.More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know,By the worst means, the worst. For mine own good,All causes shall give way. I am in bloodStepped in so far that, should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go o’er.Strange things I have in head, that will to hand,Which must be acted ere they may be scanned. Macbeth is saying to lady Macbeth after the feast that he is going to go to the witches to get for info about his safety. he says that he’s too far deep in murder to go back, and that he will act before he thinks.
Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self-abuseIs the initiate fear that wants hard use.We are yet but young in deed. -Macbeth is saying to Lady Macbeth; let’s sleep, we are only afraid because we are inexperienced in this murder business. -rhyming couplet
LENNOXFor from broad words, and ’cause he failedHis presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hearMacduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tellWhere he bestows himself? Lennox is talking to the lord. he is saying that Macduff is not in good graces with the king because he speaks his mind and skipped the feast.
HECATEHave I not reason, beldams as you are?Saucy and overbold, how did you dareTo trade and traffic with MacbethIn riddles and affairs of death,And I, the mistress of your charms,The close contriver of all harms,Was never called to bear my part,Or show the glory of our art?And, which is worse, all you have doneHath been but for a wayward son,Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do,Loves for his own ends, not for you.But make amends now. Get you gone,And at the pit of AcheronMeet me i’ th’ morning. Hecate is talking to the weird sisters. She is mad that they gave Macbeth the prophecies, because he is an unworthy man.
LORD (*Even if this is not on the test, it is important to know because we learn information here that we have not seen. Shakespeare does not always show us the action. ) The son of Duncan—From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth—Lives in the English court and is receivedOf the most pious Edward with such graceThat the malevolence of fortune nothingTakes from his high respect. Thither MacduffIs gone to pray the holy king upon his aidTo wake Northumberland and warlike Siward,That by the help of these—with Him aboveTo ratify the work—we may againGive to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,Do faithful homage and receive free honors.All which we pine for now. And this reportHath so exasperated the king that hePrepares for some attempt of war. The lord is taking to lennox. He says that macduff went to england and asked the king to help him fight macbeth. Macbeth heard and is mad and ready for war
LENNOXSent he to Macduff? Meaning: Did Macbeth send someone to Macduff and tell him to return to Scotland?
LORDHe did, and with an absolute “Sir, not I,”The cloudy messenger turns me his back,And hums, as who should say “You’ll rue the timeThat clogs me with this answer.” Meaning: He did, but Macduff told the messenger no. The messenger told him that he will regret that answer. (Foreshadowing ??)
LENNOX And that well mightAdvise him to a caution, t’ hold what distanceHis wisdom can provide. Some holy angelFly to the court of England and unfoldHis message ere he come, that a swift blessingMay soon return to this our suffering countryUnder a hand accursed! The threat of regretting his answer might keep Macduff away from scotland, but someone should go to the court of England and give Macduff a message to return quickly and free us from Macbeth.
dramatic irony when we know something the other characters don’t
verbal irony Verbal Irony is when words express something contrary to truth. Verbal irony is often sarcastic.

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