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Macbeth
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Macbeth
Act 3
 As Scene 1 opens, how
does Banquo feel about
Macbeth?
 Why?
Scene 1
He is
becoming
suspicious.
He is thinking
that Macbeth
might have
committed
great evil
deeds in order
to achieve
what he has.
Macbeth
Act 3
 In his soliloquy in
Scene 1, lines 52-76,
what is upsetting
Macbeth?
 Why does it upset him
so much?
Scene 1
That the prophesy
will become true
and Banquo’s
children will be
kings.
He wants to be
king and then have
children [sons]
who would inherit
the crown;
however, he and
Lady Macbeth
apparently are not
able to have
children.
Macbeth
Act 3
 How does Macbeth
convince the
Murderers to kill
Banquo?
Scene 1
He is a smooth talker who
convinces them that he will
favor them if they do this:
“grapples you to the heart
and love of us” (III.1.118).
Macbeth
Act 3
 What feelings does
Lady Macbeth show in
Scene 2, lines 6-9?
Scene 2
She is unhappy
and lonely.
Macbeth
Act 3
 Why doesn’t Macbeth
tell his wife about his
plans for Banquo’s
murder?
Scene 2
Earlier in the scene his tone
of voice and the horrors of
what they have done visibly
affect her to the point that he
says, “Thou marvel’st at my
words, but hold thee still”
(III.2.61).
He is thinking that he simply
cannot share his next step
with her.
Macbeth
Act 3
 What does that tell us
about their
relationship?
Scene 2
Although they share a
tender moment in the
scene when they
momentarily console
each other, their
relationship will
obviously disintegrate as
the disorder and chaos
pursue the couple.
Macbeth
Act 3
 What surprises the two
Murderers at the
beginning of Scene 3?
Scene 3
They are joined by
a third murderer.
Macbeth
Act 3
 How does Macbeth
react to the news of
Fleance’s escape?
Why?
Scene 4
His illness will come
again because he
cannot be fully secure
until Fleance is dead.
Macbeth
Act 3
 How many people can
see Banquo’s ghost
during the banquet?
1 - Macbeth
Scene 4
Macbeth
Act 3
 How does Lady
Macbeth react to
Macbeth’s outburst at
the banquet?
Scene 4
She says that he often
suffers from seizures
and makes it seem as
though this is normal.
Macbeth
Act 3
 What does she try to do
to save the situation?
Scene 4
She encourages the
guests to ignore him and
says that talking to him
and about him would
make things worse. She
wants them to leave
immediately and not
even worry about leaving
by rank as they would
customarily.
Macbeth
Scene 4
Act 3
 What noble refused to
Macduff
come to the banquet?
 How do we know?
Macbeth says so and asks
Lady Macbeth as to her
opinion why Macduff
refuses to come.
Macbeth
Act 3
 Scholars agree that Scene 5 is
probably not Shakespeare’s
writing. Nevertheless, what
information does that scene tell
us about Hecate’s plans to get
back at Macbeth?
Scene 5
She and the three witches will bring
him to his complete destruction; she
also delivers a lesson of the play:
overconfidence is humanity’s
greatest enemy.
Macbeth
Act 3
 How do some of the
nobles feel about
Macbeth in Scene 6?
Scene 5
Everyone who has been a part of
Macbeth’s inner circle has suffered
for it in some way.
Also, the guards could not have
killed Duncan because they were
too drunk to do so.
This indicates Macbeth’s true
reason for killing them was to keep
them quiet.
Macbeth
Act 3
 We have seen Macbeth
getting ready to kill
Duncan (Act 1 and 2) and
Banquo (Act 3). Think
about the scenes in which
Macbeth prepares for
murder. Consider
Macbeth’s mood and
helpers as he prepares to
shed blood.
Discuss
Macbeth
Act 3
 In what ways does
Macbeth’s character
seem to be changing
in Act 3? What
aspects of his
personality are getting
him in even deeper
trouble? Be specific.
Discuss
Macbeth
Act 3
 Banquo clearly
knows too much. If
he were to write an
email to his son,
what information
would he share?
What advice would
he give his son?
Discuss
Macbeth

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