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Macbeth: Act 3 Scene 1-3
Transcript of Macbeth: Act 3 Scene 1-3
Act 3 Scene 2
In the royal palace at Forres, Banquo ponders about the prophecies foretold by the three weird sisters. He believes that if Macbeth's prophecy came true then so will his. Macbeth comes in followed by Lady Macbeth and they invite Banquo to the feast. Banquo accepts their invite and says that he is planning to take a ride on his horse for the afternoon. When Banquo is about to leave Macbeth mentions that he will discuss about how Malcom and Donalbain might be plotting against his crown.
In the beginning of scene 2, Lady Macbeth is still in despair due to King Duncan's murder. Before, she could not wait to kill, but now the roles are reversed. As she beckons for her husband, he enters explaining that his mind is, "full of scorpions." Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that although they have killed Duncan, he feels that their is still "business" to be taken care of because there are still others in line for the throne.
Macbeth continues to tell his wife that every possible position for king must be eliminated. He also claims that he has planned, "a deed of dreadful note" for Fleance and Banquo. Macbeth reminds Lady Macbeth to be sweet and kind throughout the nighttime feas so they can trick Banquo into thinking he is safe and secure, and that no harm will come to him at Macbeth's castle full of such "respectful" people.
As the night approaches the two murderers who Macbeth hired are standing in the darkness and are approached by by a third murderer. They all wait for Banquo and Fleance to arrive. Once they arrived, Banquo and Fleance dismounted their horses and lit a torch and noticed that the murderes were inching towards them. The moment they got close enough they killed Banquo on the spot. Before they could get to Fleance he started to run into the woods.
After the first part of the witches prophecy came true, Macbeth felt it was necessary to murder Banquo so he could prevent the other prophecies from occurring.
Act 3 Scene 1
Act 3 Scene 3
Banquo leaves and Macbeth dismisses everyone. Macbeth and one of his servants, are left in the hall. The servant says that two men are here to speak with him and Macbeth tells the servant to bring them to him. While he waits Macbeth thinks to himself how he fears Banquo because the prophecy says that Banquo will have kings which means that Macbeth will have a fruitless crown. The two murderers come in that Macbeth hired to kill Banquo. He questions their manhood as they have doubt about killing Banquo. After being called out and wanting to prove themselves as men, they agree. Macbeth reminds them to also kill Banquo's son Fleance and to wait for his command in the castle.
Also, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth "switched roles" in that instead of Lady Macbeth manipulating Macbeth, Macbeth tricks the murderers into killing Banquo. Later, Lady Macbeth begins to feel regret because she created a murderer out of Macbeth and actually tries to keep Macbeth from killing anyone else.
When Fleance was running away, Banquo shouted out to him his last words, "O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou may ’st revenge —O slave!." After the three murderes realized that they had only accomplished half the mission, they decide to go tell Macbeth the news.