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Macbeth Act 3 Scene II
Transcript of Macbeth Act 3 Scene II
The theme appearance vs. reality is shown through Lady Macbeth trying to comfort Macbeth even though she has the same thoughts as him.
The theme temptation is seen through Macbeth plotting to kill Banquo and his son Fleance.
The theme of guilt is present by Lady Macbeth and Macbeth by both thinking if they did the right thing in killing Duncan.
Development of the Plot
Figure of Speech:
"We have scorch'd the snake, not kill'd it;" (line 13).
"O, full of scorpions in my mind, dear wife!" (line 36).
What is the meaning quote, "We have scor'd the snake, not kill'd it; " ?
The meaning of this quote is that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth may have gotten rid of the main problem, which was Duncan, however there are still other threats to worry about, such as Banquo and his son.
Macbeth has decided to take charge of the plan of Banquo's murder compared to when he decided hang back and let Lady Macbeth take charge in planning Duncan's murder.
On the other hand, Lady Macbeth has become less involved in planning of the murder of Banquo and instead remains in the dark about Macbeth's plans concerning Banquo. Where as before in Duncan's murder she had complete control of the whole planning and how it was happening.
Lady Macbeth expresses her unhappiness and her insecurity while alone. She sends for Macbeth and when he enters, he reveals to Lady Macbeth that he too is troubled. Lady Macbeth tries to comfort Macbeth though she, ironically, has the same thoughts. Macbeth reveals that he will continue to feel threatened until Banquo and Fleance have been eliminated. They agree to be kind to Banquo and his son in order for them to gain a false sense of security, and then Macbeth will kill them. However, he tells Lady Macbeth that she need not know his plan until after he has done it.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have unconsciously began to drift apart from one another. This is shown through Macbeth refusing to tell Lady Macbeth anything about his plot to kill Banquo and his son.
Macbeth seems to become more devious and secretive as seen with Macbeth refusing to tell Lady Macbeth anything about his plan to kill Banquo and his son Fleance.
Lady Macbeth has become more hesitant in murdering the next person while Macbeth seems much more eager to murder Banquo and his son. Lady Macbeth has also lost some control in their plans in this scene.
"Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day
And with thy bloody and invisible hand
Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
Which keeps me pale." (lines 47-50).
"Come,night, and blindfold the kindhearted day.
Use your bloody and invisible hand to tear up Banquo's lease on life which keeps me in fear."
How have Lady Macbeth's and Macbeth's roles in the plot of Banquo's murder changed from Duncan's murder?
Character vs. Self
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both doubt whether their decision to kill Duncan was the right one.