The Tragedy of Macbeth: Act III

Why does Macbeth want Banquo and Fleance dead? Macbeth knows they are suspicious of him and he doesn’t want Banquo’s descendants to be king
What is Macbeth’s plan for killing Banquo and Fleance? Does it work? Have murderers attack them on the way to the feast he is hosting; Banquo is killed but Fleance escapes
Macbeth says, “The worm that’s fled Hath nature that in time will venom breed, No teeth for the present.” What does that mean? Fleance will be a problem in the future since he will have children who will become kings. In the present, however, he is not an immediate threat
What did Macbeth see at the banquet table? The ghost of Banquo
How does Lady Macbeth cover for Macbeth at the Banquet? What excuses does she give for Macbeth’s wild talk? She says sometimes he is like this and that they should ignore him
Who else is missing from the banquet table besides Banquo? Macduff
Macbeth says, “I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” What does he mean? There is no going back now: Macbeth has committed to the terrible actions to become king
What does Hecate want the witches to do? Meet with Macbeth again and give him visions of false hopes for safety of his rule so he will continue to destroy
What does Lennox think about Macbeth, Fleance and Duncan’s sons? Thinks Macbeth is a good guy, Fleance killed Banquo and Duncan’s sons killed the king