Macbeth Act 3

What does Macbeth decide to do about Banquo and Fleeance decision to hire 2 men to kill Banquo and Fleeance
Why does Macbeth fear Banquo? • Banquo knows about the prophesies so he could reasonably figure out that Macbeth would have a motive to kill Duncan o He is a threat to Macbeths throne• He doesn’t like the idea of his son being king
Is Macbeth’s logic on Banquo reasonable? o Faulty logic because he doesn’t realize he actually killed Duncan for himself to be king
Decision to kill Banquo ironic • unnecessary because he is not a direct threat to his throne **Macbeth does not know** Banquo suspects/knows that Macbeth killed Duncan but B decides he is not going to do anything about it bc he is pleased about his son becoming king o Since Macbeth’s prophesies came true he is willing to wait for his own to come true rather then take action against Macbeth
How / what tactics does Macbeth use in amping up the murders •Macbeth exaggerates in a negative way the relationship between the Murders and Banquo• Insults them in hopes to make them actually want to kill Banquo • Tries to give them a motive to kill Banquo other then money • Tries to provoke anger in the Murderers against Banquo •Macbeth is becoming very controlling
How are these tactics similar to other things seen in the play? • Macbeth is acting like Lady Macbeth • Using the same techniques that Lady Macbeth used on him • Degrades Macbeth’s manly hood just as Macbeth degrades the Murderers by saying a dog is a dog so a man isn’t just a man
Macbeth’s Personality evolving • Controlling • He is paranoid • Reckless o Hiring murders have the potential to rat him out• After murdering Duncan he becomes more comfortable with murdering Banquo and Flance like its nothing
LM – Naught’s had, all’s spent, Where our desire is got without content. ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy • Shows Remorse and
Macbeth – I’d rather be dead than endure this endless mental torture and harrowing sleep deprivation. We killed those men and sent them to rest in peace so that we could gain our own peace. Duncan lies in his grave, through with life’s troubles, and he’s sleeping well. • Macbeth isn’t sleeping because is having nightmares just like the voices said • He rather be dead
Role reversal of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth • Their relationship is not equal anymore • Macbeth gains dominance and puts Lady Macbeth into her place Line 45 “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, Till thou applaud the deed. Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day Don’t worry about it weet heart don’t worry your pretty little ehead” o Lady Macbeth is like Kill him and Macbeth is like no –> Macbeth is like Kill him and Lady Macbeth is like no
What happens just before the actual murder 3 Murders showed up even through 2 were hired
Perpetia the moment where the protagonists luck changes • Signals the climax of the play
Climax when Fleance escapes o Prior, Macbeth succeeded in everything he does
Why is it bad that Macbeth sets up Fleeances death? o Macbeth trying to kill Fleance was Different because he attempts ALTERS FATE o Killing Duncan – okay in a sense because Macbeth was always supposed to be king because it was his fate
Implications for Macbeth moving forward after banquet Murder • People are likely to find out he killed Duncan • Things are going to continue to not go his way
What event is happening at Dunsinane (Macbeth’s Castle)? • Macbeth is kingly and welcoming and excited for his to be attending his great banquet
How does Macbeth’s mood change when he hears that Fleance has escaped? • Macbeth is paranoid • He becomes nervous and scared again
How does Macbeth respond to seeing Banquo’s ghost • Macbeth goes insane and starts trying to communicate with it and tell it to go away • He is really guilty and very disturbed by the ghosts form (he would have rather him take on a lion) –> Goes white and screams
How does Lady Macbeth respond to Macbeth? Lady Macbeth scold him and pulls him aside to calm him down
What part of the play does this resemble and how does it resemble that part? Lady Macbeth tries to calm Macbeth foam after he kills Duncan
Meaning of Macbeth’s monologue “Blood hath been shed ere now, i’th’ olden time” •In the past murders used to consist of killing a man and having it be that he just simply dies and life goes on • Now that the men rise from the dead it is stranger then murder itself •Hes so guilty and hates guilt•He’s the reason the dead are coming back because he disturbed the chain of being
How do the lines “I am in blood / Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” mark a turning point in Macbeth’s inner conflict?
What does Macbeth plan to do when the scene ends? How might this lead to his impending downfall?