Macbeth Act 3

In his soliloquy, what suspicion does Banquo reveal? that Macbeth’s prophecies are true, but not his
Macbeth seems to be very interested in Banquo’s travel plans. Why? He doesn’t want Banquo to be late because it’ll mess up his plan of murdering him.
The speech beginning “To be thus is nothing…” is another one often quoted. What is the meaning of that sentence? His murder of Duncan is no big deal. Macbeth believes he is the rightful king
What is there in Banquo’s character that makes Macbeth uneasy? He has something overpowering in his natural nobility of character
What is there in he situation with Banquo that particularly upsets Macbeth? That the Weird Sisters are right because Macbeth killed Duncan for Banquo’s kids
How does Macbeth convince the murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance? Convinces them that he’ll be sick if Banquo is alive and reminds them of how bad they were treated
What does Macbeth tell them to do? tells them to kill Banquo and Fleance
What is the meaning of Lady M’s opening speech? 3.2 She’s talking about Macbeth’s paranoia. He’s constantly worried about killing Duncan. If they can’t enjoy the death of him, she’d rather be dead
In this scene what is Macbeth’s state of mind? Depressed, guilty, spending a lot of time alone, not sleeping
On the other hand, how does Macbeth show that his resolve and ambition have become stronger? Plans the murder of Banquo and Fleance alone, without the help of Lady Macbeth
What happens at the ambush? 1st Murderer strikes out the light. Banquo is killed, Fleance runs away
Once characteristic of Shakespeare’s style is his play on words. How is this demonstrated in Macbeth’s response to the murderers saying it’s Banquo’s blood on his face? “Tis better thee without, than he within” It’s better that you have Banquo’s blood on you, rather than in his body
The dagger Macbeth saw in Act 2 Scene 1 was a hallucination. Banquo’s ghost in this scene is not. How do we know? Banquo’s ghost takes Macbeth’s seat. The stage directions tell the ghost what to do
Upon returning to the banquet table, what does Macbeth see and how does he respond? How do the others respond?
What does Lady Macbeth say to Macbeth? She asks if he’s even a man. Tells him he’s just imagining it
How does lady Macbeth behave during the dinner, and what is the final result?
For what reason does Macbeth mention Macduff’s name? His refusal to come to dinner was an insult and an act of defiance
What does Macbeth say he will do next? He’ll send for the Scottish nobles because none of them came
Who is Hecate and why is she angry? Queen of Weird Sisters, they dealt with Macbeth
What is her plan for Macbeth? Wants to make him feel confused
How can we interpret Lennox’s speech? Suspects Macbeth would kill Malcom and Donaldbain if they were in Scotland. They should have fled
What further exposition does Shakespeare offer through the Lord? Under Macbeth, the Scotts pine for food, sleep and peace

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