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recurring number three: Macbeth

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Samantha Ireland

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of recurring number three: Macbeth

The recurring number 3 Shakespeare's MacBeth the witches the murders Three Main Murders Three Murderers Three Apparitions Three Predictions The word three Three Appearances The kings The witches appear three times in the play and greet Macbeth in nearly all of them

thunder chimes three times in greeting
Act 1 scene 3, Act 3 scene 5, Act 4 scene 1
In the progress of the play the witches make three predictions
Macbeth will become the thane of Cawdor
Banquo's sons will be in power
Macbeth will become the king Throughout the play the witches often refer to the word three
Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd (act 4 scene 1)
Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined (act 4 scene 1)
Thrice to thine and thrice to mine (act1 scene 3) In Act 4 Scene 1 the witches show Macbeth three apparitions which include
an armed head
a bloody child
a child wearing a crown and holding a tree
MacBeth was responsible for 3 of the major murders portrayed within the play
Banquo
Duncan
MacDuff's family The murders in the play start to occur on the third day of the story which takes place in a total of nine days
day three Duncan is murdered along with the guards
day four Banquo is killed
day six MacDuff's wife and children are murdered
day nine Macbeth is slain
Three murderers were hired by Macbeth to slay his enemies in the play What does it mean? the number three seems to appear in the story whenever something bad or evil is occurring so when we hear three; thrice or so on we immediately assume that an evil doing is about to occur. Murders Three kings There are three kings portrayed in the play
Macbeth
Duncan
Malcom Line of decedents In Duncans family there are three bloodlines to the throne
Duncan himself
Malcolm
Donalbain Three Tragedies In the duration of the play king Macbeth seems to have three great tragedies fall upon him
Macbeth feels grief for killing innocent people
loses his wife
loses his life
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