Macbeth Act III Review Questions

Why can Banquo be considered a threat to Macbeth? The witches said Banquo’s sons will be king, but Macbeth wants his sons and himself to be king.
What are Macbeth’s motives for murdering Banquo? -Macbeth wants HIS sons to be king-Banquo knows of the prophecies-Banquo is a better man than he
How many men does Macbeth employ for Banquo’s murder? 2 (A secret third one joins them in the actual murder, though)
How does Macbeth convince these men to murder Banquo? Gives them motive by saying Banquo stripped the property and wronged them.
Whom else besides Banquo does Macbeth want to be killed? Fleance (Banquo’s son)
Is Macbeth still consulting Lady Macbeth concerning the murder? Why or why not? No, because he wants to keep her in ignorance and out of the murder.
How is Lady Macbeths character changing? -She is calm and isn’t as concerned about the murders.-Shows ignorance towards Macbeth.(Kind of switched roles with Macbeth
How many murderers appear on the scene? 3
Who may the third murderer be? It’s a mystery. Some think it is Lady Macbeth, while others think it is Macbeth himself, not trusting the murderers completely.
Who escapes the hands of the murderers? Fleance, Banquo’s son
What is Macbeth’s reaction to the news that the murder plot was not totally successful? He is feeling pressure because he didn’t kill Fleance.
What occurs at the banquet to upset Macbeth? -Banquo’s ghost shows up and sits in his seat.-Macbeth is the only one that can see him.
What excuse does Lady Macbeth make for her husband’s behavior? He’s had these strange fits since his youth/mental illness
Whom does Macbeth fear, partly because of his absence at the banquet? Macduff
Whom does Macbeth plan to see again? The witches
What is the significance of Scene 5? -Not written by Shakespeare (The scene is written in iambic pentameter, which rhymes much more than Shakespeare usually did)-Signify’s adding to the chaos of the struggle with good & evil
Who is blamed for Banquo’s death becasue he fled? Fleance
Where has Macduff gone? Why? -England, to pray the king to come to his aid and to get help to take out Macbeth
What does Macbeth dare the ghost to do? Appear in another form -one that he can see.
Whom does Macbeth tell to be ignorant of the knowledge? His wife
Who is Hecate? Goddess of witchcraft
Hecate is angry for what reason? The weird sisters consulted with Macbeth without her.
“It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood” is spoken by Macbeth
“You lack the season of all natures, sleep” is spoken by Lady Macbeth
“The gracious Duncan was pitied of Macbeth: marry he was dead” was said by Lennox
“Gentlemen, rise, his HIghness is not well” is said by Ross
When Macbeth said “blood has been shed ere now” he means that This is not the first murder that has been done so why is he been persecuted.
“The worm that’s fled” Fleance
“Of full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife” Is said by Macbeth to suggest the horrors of his mind