Macbeth- William Shekespeare — Study Questions (ACT III)

What suspicios does Banquo voice? What does he say that lets us know what he suspects? he probably thinks Macbeth did it
Who besides Banquo knows of the witches’ prophecies? Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Why does Macbeth question Banquo about his plan? Because he is plotting Banquo’s death and they need to know where he is
What suspicions does Macbeth harbor? (II. 49-72) That he is plotting Macbeth’s death so that his children will be kings.
What does Macbeth tell the murderers about Banquo? That Banquo has wronged them by doing bad things to convince the murderes they are killing him for a good reason
According to Macbeth, why does he himself not kill Banquo? (II. 116- 126) And because he doesn’t want to lose his friends
Who else are the murderers to kill? Fleance
What is the meaning of Lady Macbeth’s saying, “Naught’s bad, all’s spent/ Where our desire is got without content”? They are King and Queen but there not happy
From what affliction does Macbeth suffer? (II. 13-22) The guilt again of the murder and terrible dreams
In line 35, Lady Macbeth says, “You must leave this.” What does she mean? He has to get over his guilt
Is Lady Macbeth aware that Macbeth has planned the death of Banquo and Fleance? No
How is the planning of Banquo’s murder different from that of Duncan’s? They hired murderers to do it instead of themselves commiting the crime, easier, and its Macbeth’s plan not Lady Macbeth’s plan.
Who is murdered in this scene? Banquo
Who escapes? Fleance
What is Banquo’s dying request of Fleance? To advenge Banquo’s death
What activity opens the scene? Murderes come ot the banquet at Macbeth’s castle to tell him about the murder
Who joins the assembled group, sitting in Macbeth’s place? Ghost of Banquo
How does Lady Macbeth explain Macbeth’s reaction? She said he looks like he has the sickness that is from his childhood
What is Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s claim of seeing Banquo’s ghost? That she thinks he is just ill
To what other event in this play is this ghostly appearance similar? the dagger
Why does Lady Macbeth ask everyone to leave? So that they do not see what Macbeth is doing for example talking to the ghost
Who refused the Banquo invitation? Macduff
What is Macbeth’s plan for the next day? To go and talk to the three witches about him still being king and sends for Macduff
To what does Macbeth attribute his condition? (lines 142-143) He’s new to murdering and still has guilt and once he keeps killing he will get used to it
What does Hecate plan to do? Further plot Macbeth’s downfall
What is implied in Lennox’s speech at the opening of the scene? That he suspious of Macbeth
Where has Macduff gone? To england to find Malcolm
What does he hope to do? Build up forces to go against Macbeth
What purpose does this scene serve? Summarizes the events that happen
Mavbeth thinks that his agitation and sleeplessness will lessen in time. Do you believe this will happen? ?

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