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Macbeth Act III Question for discussion

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Jenniffer Gagate

on 4 December 2013

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ACT III Question for Discussion
scene i
1. Paraphrase Banquo's first speech in this scene
He has it all; king, Cawdor, Glamis
As the witches said, but I fear
He killed Duncan to be king, though they said
The throne is not passed in his children
That I will be the root and father
of many kings. If they spoke the truth
As Macbeth's speeches shine
Why, by the truth it made him good,
Is there not a place for me as well
And set my hopes up? Be quiet now
scene ii
2. How does Macbeth find out Banquo's plans for the day?
Does Banquo suspect Macbeth of any ill will toward him?
Macbeth fnds out banquo's plans for the day when Macbeth invited Banquo and finds out Banquo is going out until dark but he will attend the banquet.
Banquo does not suuspect Macbeth of ill will toward him.
3. What has Macbeth realized about Banquo?
Macbeth realized Banquo's prophecies, that Banquo's children will take his throne for he is a king without children.
4. Does Macbeth totally believe in the witches at this point? Does he have good reason to?
At this point, Macbeth truly believes on the witches. Macbeth's reason to believe is that he was crowned as king with no children to pass on the crown. Therefore, the witches prophecy that Banquo's children will become kings might come true as well.
5. How does Macbeth get the murderers on his side?
Macbeth got the murderers on his side by telling them that Banquo is their enemy.
6. What does Macbeth want the murderers to do?
Macbeth wants the murderers to k
Macbeth wants the murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance on their way to the castle for the Banquet.
How does Macbeth react to the news that Banquo’s throat has been cut?
He praises the murderer.
1. How does Lady Macbeth try to comfort her husband?
Why is Macbeth distressed by the escape of Fleance?
Macbeth was distressed by the escape of Fleance because he thought Banquo's descendants would become kings after all. Macbeth is distressed and jumps to the conclusion that Fleance will come after him. It bothers Macbeth because of the prediction that Banquo’s sons will rule, but he plans to kill Fleance later one.

He says to the murderer, “Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect, Whole as the marble, founded as the rock, As broad and general as the casing air: But now I am cabin'd, cribb'd, confined, bound in To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe?” Moreover, he is afraid that Fleance will overthrow him because of the witches' prophecy that Banquo will "get kings".
What “surprise guest” appears at the feast?
The surprise guest that appears at the feast is Banquo’s ghost. At the banquet table Banquo's ghost appears and takes a seat. Banquo’s ghost is invisible to anyone but Macbeth. His utter terror at the apparition betrays his guilt to the assembled noblemen.
What is Macbeth ‘s reaction to the apparition?
Lady Macbeth tried to comfort her husband by telling him not to think of things that had already happened, to ignore the problems that cannot be resolved, and that he should "be bright and jovial" for the evening.
2. Is Macbeth able to accept her advice?
He is horrified and begins speaking what appears to be nonsense to his guests. Lady Macbeth makes excuses for him and finally asks the guests to leave.
Who is conspicuously NOT present at the feast?
What does “…in his house I keep a servant fee’d” mean?
Macbeth was not able to accept her advice because he was worried that Banquo might exposed what the witches told him, his prophecies and that he killed Duncan.
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the quote is: "I hear it by the way; but I will send. There's not a one of them but in his house I keep a servant fee'd." "in his house I keep a servant fee'd" means "I have a servant paid to spy for me." Macduff beheads Macbeth offstage.
What does Macbeth plan to do as soon as possible?
Find the weird sisters and seek out their advice.
3. From this scene, what is your evaluation of the Macbeth's relationship?
Who is Hectate and why is she angry?
scene iii
In this scene, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were not communicating with each other at all or not as much in the other acts. This is concluded from the scene that Macbeth did not tell Lady Macbeth of his plan to kill Banquo. And Lady Macbeth did not tell Macbeth of her feeling of guilt from the killing.

1. Summarize this scene.
Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft, who helps the three witches work their mischief on Macbeth. She is the Greek goddess of the gateways to heaven/hell and earth in mythology also, which shows why she gets angry that the other witches have decided to start dealing with Macbeth without letting her know. Therefore, she feels that she should have been informed.
First and Second murderers were set in place to kill Banquo when they were joined by a Third murderer, sent by Macbeth who seems no to trust anyone. Banquo and Fleance were on their way to the castle when the Third Murderer took away Banquo's torch, while the second murderer attacked him. Banquo died while Fleance got away.
What is the effect of this scene?
Macbeth’s fate has now been turned over to the “head witch.” Shakespeare’s audiences would have been particularly aware of his deeper descent into evil at this point. We know the witches have plotted against him all along, just as Banquo warned after their first encounter.
Lennox and other Thanes are now suspicious of Macbeth’s role in the deaths of Duncan, the two guards, and Banquo. In this scene, what does Lennox reveal about Macduff?
What Lennox reveals about Macduff in this scene is that Lennox expresses his suspicions of Macbeth to an unnamed lord. He has gone to England to meet with Malcolm and enlist the aid of the English Kind, Northumberland, and Siward in raising an army against Macbeth.
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