Macbeth Acts 3 – 5

What was the main purpose of Act 3? The main purpose of Act 3 is to show Macbeth’s troubles and faults like; he was ruthless, arrogant and power hungry.
Why does Macbeth decide to kill Banquo? Macbeth feels that he must kill his friend Banquo and the young Fleance in order to prevent the second part from becoming realized. But, as Fleance’s survival suggests, there can be no escape from the witches’ prophecies.
Who kills Banquo? Macbeth technically kills Banquo but Macbeth hires people to kill Banquo since Macbeth is king.
What happens at the banquet? Banquo’s ghost had appeared at the table at the banquet. but only Macbeth sees them Macbeth’s guests think he is crazy. But seeing Banquo’s ghost shows MacBeth feels guilty.
What happened to Fleance? He had gotten away from the murders when his father had gotten killed.
What literary element is used when Macbeth sees the ghost? Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something in the story that the characters don’t. This scene would be dramatic irony because we know that Macbeth is guilty and sees Banquo’s ghost but from the guest’s perspective they do not see Banquo’s ghost and Lady Macbeth is trying to cover for him and say that he was always able to “see the dead”.
What is the external conflict in Act 3? External conflict is when a main character has a problem with the surrounding characters that are outside of his control. The external conflict in Act 3 is that Macbeth is on a killing spree because he wants to make sure the witches prophecy comes true. But because Fleance has escaped that is outside of MacBeth’s control. (Macbeth hired two murderers to kill Fleance and Banquo to prevent the witches’ prophecy from coming true.)
What is the main purpose of Act 4? The main purpose of Act 4 is to foreshadow Macbeth’s downfall.
What type of person is Macduff’s son? Macduff’s son is shy and innocent because he is so young.
What are some senses and pieces of imagery used in Act 4? the scene where the witches are together and putting stuff in the caldron. ITs imagrey because its appealing to your senses. When you imagine a caldron you imagine it bubbling and then you think about what they are putting in and how its brewing.
What is the plan at the end of Act 4? Malcolm and Macduff has just learned that Macbeth had Macduff’s wife and children killed. Macduff is stunned almost to being speechless. Malcolm tells Macduff to let the grief Macduff is feeling now be the cornerstone of their desire for revenge against Macbeth. Malcolm also wants Macbeth dead.Macbeth will win.
What happens to Macduff’s family? They are all murdered
Why does Macduff go to London? to asked the king of England for troops so that he could defeat Macbeth.
What is the main idea of Act 5? To show Macbeth’s defeat
What is happening to Lady Macbeth? She is slowly going insane and is being eatten away by guilt.
How has Macbeth’s character changed? He as become a fearless, and ruthless leader but in the beginning he had a lot of guilt.
What is Birnam Wood? Birnam is the prediction while the witches were brewing. Birnam wood is a place and when Birnam wood comes up the hill to the castle Macbeth will be defeated.
What is Macbeth’s tragic flaw? Macbeth’s arrogance was his tragic flaw. He displayed his arrogance that since he was king no one would ever take him down and defeat him.
What were the themes of MacBeth? 1) The power of guilt. Lady Macbeth was the biggest influence for the power of guilt because she told him he was great and he would become king and she would become queen. She was very self centered. Lady Macbeth tried to cover for MacBeth when he saw the ghost of Banquo. She explained that he had the gift. But MacBeth seeing the ghost was really an indication of MacBeth’s guilt. Also when Lady MacBeth repeatedly tries to clean her hands of the blood. 2) The Corruption of Power Lady MacBeth was so corrupt that she would do anything to be queen. She killed Duncan and convinced MacBeth to kill others so that they both could have power. 3) Blind Ambition – Lady MacBeth showed that she would do anything to achieve her desire to be queen.