Macbeth Act Scenes 3 4-6

Act 3 Scene 4 open Onstage stands a table heaped with a feast. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth enter as king and queen, followed by their court, whom they bid welcome
Who walks in at the beginning of Scene 4? As Macbeth walks among the company, the first murderer appears at the doorway.
What did Macbeth learn from the first murderer? Banquo is dead and that Fleance has escaped.
What angered Macbeth from the first murderer’s report? Macbeth was angry that Fleance escaped.
Why did Fleance’s escape anger Macbeth? Macbeth was angry, because he thought his throne would be secure if Fleance was dead.
Macbeth said “the worm that’s fled / Hath nature that in time will venom breed” about whom? He said this about Fleance, meaning that Fleance is presently weak, like a worm, but in time will become deadly as a serpent.
After speaking with the murderer, Macbeth goes to sit at the head of the table, but can’t. Why? He finds Banquo’s ghost sitting in his chair.
Who can see Banquo’s ghost? Only Macbeth sees the ghost.
How does Lady Macbeth react when Macbeth is responding to the ghost? Lady Macbeth makes excuses for Macbeth’s strange behavior, saying that he frequently has visions.
What does Lady Macbeth say to Macbeth about his vision? She questions his manhood and urges him to snap out of his trance
What does Macbeth do when the ghost disappears Macbeth tries to joke off the ghost and offer a toast to his guests.
What does Lady Macbeth do when the ghost reappears? Lady Macbeth again makes excuses for Macbeth and sends away the frightened guests.
After the ghost disappears, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth about someone whose behavior is treasonous. Who is Macbeth upset about and why? He is upset about Macduff, because he heard from a servant-spy that Macduff intends to keep away from court
What decision does Macbeth make in regards to Macduff? He says that he will visit the witches again tomorrow in the hopes of learning more about the future and about who may be plotting against him.
What is Macbeth’s reason for continuing to fight for his throne? He says “I am in blood / Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er” – meaning that there is no point in turning back, because it would be just as hard to go back as it is to press forward.
Act 3 Scene 5 opening Upon the stormy heath, the witches meet with Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft.
Why is Hecate upset with the witches? Hecate scolds them for meddling in the business of Macbeth without consulting her but declares that she will take over as supervisor of the mischief.
What instructions does Hecate give to the witches regarding their meeting with Macbeth the following day? They must summon visions and spirits whose messages will fill him with a false sense of security and “draw him on to his confusion”
Act 3 scene 6 opening That night, somewhere in Scotland, Lennox walks with another lord, discussing what has happened to the kingdom.
Who has been blamed for Banquo’s murder? Banquo’s murder has been officially blamed on Fleance
Why hasn’t Fleance been arrested for the murder of Banquo? Because Fleance has fled
Who do Lennox and the lord suspect in both the murder of Duncan and Banquo? both men suspect Macbeth, whom they call a “tyrant,” in the murders of Duncan and Banquo.
Why did Macduff go to England? Macduff has gone to England, where he will join Malcolm in pleading with England’s King Edward for aid.
What is Macbeth’s response to news of the plots? News of these plots has prompted Macbeth to prepare for war.
Lennox thinks that Scotland needs to be saved from whom? Lennox and the lord express their hope that Malcolm and Macduff will be successful and that their actions can save Scotland from Macbeth.

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