Macbeth Notes Act III

Who says this and what does it mean?”…and I fear thou play’dst most foully for’t” BanquoMeaning: And I suspect you cheated to win these titles.
What are Macbeth’s three questions to Banquo? 1. Ride you this afternoon?2. Is it far you ride?3. Goes Fleance with you?
Soliloquys are always… inner thoughts
Macbeth is scared and jealous of Banquo why? Macbeth is scared of Banquo because of his prophecies and is jealous of him because he has heirs (a son).
* Soliloquy 3 (before he meets the murderers)What does Macbeth mean:”To be thus is nothing, but to be safetly thus” Meaning: To be king is nothing, unless I am safetly king.
* Soliloquy 3 (before he meets the murderers)What allusion does Macbeth give? Translated? Original: “and under him my Genius is rebuked, as it is said Mark Antony’s was by Caesar”Translated: “When Banquo’s around, I lose my self-confidence. It’s said Mark Antony responded the same way to Octavius Caesar”
* Soliloquy 3 (before he meets the murderers)What does Macbeth mean and what does it show?”Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown” Meaning: They (the witches) gave him a crown that he can not pass down.It shows jealousy towards Banquo, who has a heir
What does Macbeth do with the hired assassins? He interviews and convinces them that their misfortune is because of Banquo’s decisions
What is Macbeth’s Men and Dogs speech about? There are lots of types of dogs and lots of types of men. He asks the murderers, “What type of man are you?” (belittling their masculinity).
Do the murderers agree to kill? Who do they have to kill and why? Yes, the murderers agree. They have to kill Banquo (because of his suspicion) and Fleance (because of the prophecy).
What is Macbeth’s excuse as to why he can not kill them himself? “because he and I have friends in common whom I need, so I have to be able to moan and cry over his death in public even though I’ll be the one who had him killed.”
Who says this, its meaning, why, and theme?”Nought’s had, all’s spent” Lady Macbeth. Meaning: We spent everything and gained nothing.Why: She says this because she regrets her actions.Theme: Equivocation
Who said this and what does it mean?”We have scotched the snake, not killed it” Macbeth. Meaning: Macbeth means that the job is not done. Banquo is dead, but Fleance escapes. The snake is Banquo.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth envy dead Duncan. Why? Because Duncan is in his grave. His life’s troubles are over; he sleeps well. Treason has done the worst it can to him. Weapons, poison, rebellion at home, foreign invasion-none of these can touch him now.
Who said this, what does it mean, and theme?”Gentle my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks, be bright and jovial among your guest to-night.” Lady Macbeth.Meaning: Come on, relax, dear. Put on a happy face and look cheerful and agreeable for your guests tonight.Theme: Appearance vs. Reality
Who says this and what does it mean and theme?”And make our faces vizards to our heart, disguising what they are.” Macbeth.Meaning: We must make our faces masks for our hearts, disguising what our hearts are.Theme: Appearance vs. Reality
Who said this and what does it mean?”O, full of scorpions in my mind, dear wife! Thou know’st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.” Macbeth.Meaning: Wife, my mind is full of horrible thoughts. You know that Banquo and his Fleance live.
Who says this and what does it mean and theme?” There’s comfort yet; they are assailable.Then be thou jocund. Ere the bat hath flownHis cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate’s summonsThe shard-borne beetle with his drowsy humsHath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be doneA deed of dreadful note.” Macbeth.Meaning: That’s a comforting thought. They can be killed (Banquo and Fleance). So, be joyful. Before the bat makes its lonely flight, before the witch-goddess Hecate calls the scaly-winged beetle to make his little humming noise to tell us it’s nighttime, a dreadful deed shall be done.Theme: Allusion
Nickname for Lady Macbeth? Chuck
What happens at the murder scene? The murderers killed Banquo, but Fleance fled!
Why is the murder of Banquo the ‘Technical climax of the play’? Because the prophecy has come true! Fleance has fled and will get married and have children. He will become king in the future too!
What does degree mean? rank
What does Macbeth see during his inauguration banquet? Banquo’s ghost
During the banquet scene, what does Lady Macbeth do? She emasculates (weakens) Macbeth and makes excuses to the guests.
What is the main idea of Macbeth’s “Bloody Speech”? That murders lead to more murders
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth cannot what? sleep
What does Macbeth have in Macduff’s house? A spy
What’s the word on the street on who killed Banquo? That Fleance killed his father
Who says this and meaning?” ‘Tis better thee without than he within.Is he dispatched? “ MacbethMeaning: I’d rather see his blood splattered on your face than flowing through his veins. Did you finish him off?
Who says this and meaning?”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.” MacbethMeaning: You are the best of the cutthroats. But whoever did the same to Fleance must also be good. If you cut both their throats, then you are the absolute best.
Who says this and meaning?” Then 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. “ MacbethMeaning: Now I’m scared again. Otherwise I would have been perfect, as solid as a piece of marble, as firm as a rock, as free as the air itself.
Who says this and meaning?”Thanks for that.There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fledHath nature that in time will venom breed;No teeth for th’ present. “ MacbethMeaning: Thanks for that. The adult snake (Banquo) lies in the ditch. The young snake (Fleance) that escaped will in time become poisonous and threatening, but for now he has no fangs. ; Metaphorical
Who says this and meaning?” Here 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. “ MacbethMeaning: We would have all the nobility of Scotland gathered under one roof, if only Banquo were here. I hope it turns out that he’s late out of rudeness, and not because something bad has happened to him.
Who says this and meaning?”Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thusAnd hath been from his youth.” Lady MacbethMeaning: Sit down, worthy friends. My husband is often crazy like this, and he has been since he was a child.
Who says this and meaning?”O proper stuff!This is the very painting of your fear.This is the air-drawn dagger which you saidLed you to Duncan.” Lady MacbethMeaning: Oh, that’s nonsense! This is just another one of the hallucinations you always get when you’re afraid. This is like that floating dagger you said was leading you toward Duncan.
Who says this and meaning?”Oh, these flaws and starts,Impostors to true fear, would well becomeA woman’s story at a winter’s fire,Authorized by her grandam.” Lady MacbethMeaning: These outbursts of yours don’t even look like real fear. They’re more like how you would act if you were a woman telling a scary story by the fireside in front of her grandmother.
Who says this and meaning?” That, 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. “ MacbethMeaning: It used to be that when you knocked a man’s brains out he would just die, and that would be it. But now they rise from the dead with twenty fatal head wounds and push us off our stools. This is even stranger than murder.
Who says this and meaning?”Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends.I have a strange infirmity, which is nothingTo those that know me.” MacbethMeaning: Don’t be alarmed on my account, my most worthy friends. I have a strange disorder, which no longer shocks those who know me well.
Who says this and meaning?”Think of this, good peers,But as a thing of custom. ‘Tis no other;Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.” Lady Macbeth:Meaning: Good friends, think of this as nothing more than a strange habit. It’s nothing else. Too bad it’s spoiling our pleasure tonight.
Who says this and meaning?(to ghost) “What man dare, I dare.Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,The armed rhinoceros, or th’ Hyrcan tiger;Take any shape but that, and my firm nervesShall never tremble. Or be alive again,And dare me to the desert with thy sword.If trembling I inhabit then, protest meThe baby of a girl. “ MacbethMeaning: (to ghost) I am as brave as any other man. Come at me in the form of a rugged Russian bear, an armor-plated rhinoceros, or a tiger from Iran. Take any shape other than the one you have now and I will never tremble in fear. Or come back to life again and challenge me to a duel in some deserted place. If I tremble then, you can call me a little girl.
Who says this and meaning?”You 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.” MacbethMeaning: (to the guests) You make me feel like I don’t know myself, when I see you looking at these terrible things and keeping the natural color in your face, while my face has gone white with fear.
Who says this and meaning?”It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood.Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak.” MacbethMeaning: There’s an old saying: the dead will have their revenge. Gravestones have been known to move, and trees to speak.
Who says this and meaning?”I keep a servant fee’d.” MacbethMeaning: In every one of the lords’ households I have a servant paid to spy for me.
Who says this and meaning?”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.” MacbethMeaning: My own safety is the only important thing now. I have walked so far into this river of blood that even if I stopped now, it would be as hard to go back to being good as it is to keep killing people. I have some schemes in my head that I’m planning to put into action. I have to do these things before I have a chance to think about them.
Who says this and meaning?”My strange and self-abuseIs the initiate fear that wants hard use.We are yet but young in deed.” MacbethMeaning: My strange self-delusions just come from inexperience. We’re still just beginners when it comes to crime.
* Hecate SceneThe Hecate Scene is in all rhyming… couplets
* Hecate SceneIs written in …. iambic tetrameter
* Hecate SceneProbably not written by… Shakespeare
* Hecate SceneWho most likely wrote this scene? Thomas Middleton, an 18th century critic
* Hecate SceneWhy is Hecate mad? Because the three witches, or beldams (hags), did not consult her about the fun they were having messing with Macbeth and that she didn’t get the chance to show off her evil powers.
* Hecate SceneHow can the three witches make it up to Hecate? By going away now and in the morning meeting her in the pit by the river in hell. Macbeth will go there to learn his destiny. They must bring their cauldrons, their spells, their charms, and everything else.
* Hecate SceneAccording to Hecate, what is man’s greatest enemy? Overconfidence, or security
* Lennox and Lord SceneThe scene establishes the Thane’s (Lennox) suspicions about “unnatural” acts.
* Lennox and Lord SceneLennox thinks Banquo was murdered by? Fleance
* Lennox and Lord SceneLennox thinks Duncan was murdered by? Malcolm and Donalbain
* Lennox and Lord SceneWhy is Macduff in England? Macduff is in England with Malcolm raising an army with General Siward to:- put food on our tables- bring peace back to our nights- free our feasts and banquets from violent murders- allow us to pay proper homage to our king- receive honors freely
* Lennox and Lord SceneMacduff went to England to ask King Edward for help because… he wants Edward to help him form an alliance with the people of Northumberland and their lord, Siward.
* Lennox and Lord SceneWhat did Macduff say to the Messenger who told him that Macbeth demands he returns to Scotland? “Sir not I”
* Lennox and Lord SceneFill in the blank:” The _______ scowled and rudely turned his back on Macduff, as if to say, “You’ll regret the day you gave me this answer.” “ messenger
* Lennox and Lord SceneMacduff’s army is mainly to get… Malcolm the throne.

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