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Act 3, Scene 3
Transcript of Act 3, Scene 3
He is Macbeth making sure that the murder is done correctly
He is a friend of Macbeth's (possibly Ross) who was sent to make sure the murder is done correctly
The Third Murderer is actually a mistake that ended up in the play What do you think? Literary Critiques Feminist Critique The feminist critic would look at the way at which the third murderer is usually assumed to be a male, despite the fact that there is no mention in the scene over whether or not he or she is male or female. The third murderer is only refered to as the 'third murderer,' and the feminist critic would say that there is an equal chance he or she was a male or female. Marxist Critique The marxist critic would look at the state of the murderers who Macbeth consigned to kill Banquo: both were extremely poor. The marxist critic would say that the reason that they have to follow Macbeth's orders is because Macbeth has money and money brings power. The murderers, having no money have no power, and as a result are forced to do dirty deeds to gain the favor of the king. Historical Critique The historical critic would look at the lines "Almost a mile; but he does usually (So all men do) from hence to the palace gate Make it their walk" (III, iii, 17-19). These lines give insight into a historical practice of 11th century Scotland - the men, when returing from a hunt, would dismount from their horses and physically walk to the palace gates. This historical knowledge allows the murderers to plan an efficient trap. Assassination of Osama bin Laden In what ways were the assassinations of Osama bin Laden and Banquo the same? Different? Archetypal Crtique The archetypal critic would focus on the lines about the fire as Banquo is murdered. Banquo enters the scene carrying a torch, and when he is murdered the torch becomes extinguished. "Who did strike out the light?" the one murderer says (III, iii, 27). Light is usually a symbol for life and goodness and darkness death and evil. Thus, when the light is extinquished, enshrouding the forest in darkness, it symbolizes the loss of life of Banquo at the hands of the evil murderers.