Topic: Act III Questions
Quote evidence that Banquo is suspicious about Macbeth’s manner of becoming king.
List some of Banquo’s good qualities. Why, then, does Macbeth plan to kill Banquo?
Give three arguments Macbeth uses to convince the murderers to kill Banquo.?
Explain Macbeth’s order: “Fleance must embrace the same fate.”
Quote further evidence of Macbeth’s state of mind.
Macbeth also says, “…make our faces vizards to our hearts,/Disguising what they are.” How does this statement reinforce the theme of Appearance vs. Reality?
Quote further references to blackness, darkness, or blood.
What statement does Macbeth make that suggests Lady Macbeth is unaware of Macbeth’s plan to kill Banquo and Fleance? What does Macbeth’s statement indicate abouth their relationship as co-conspirators and about Lady Macbeth’s influence on Macbeth?
The climax (or turning point) occurs in this scene, when the fortunes of the protagonist (the tragic hero) irreversibly turn for the worse. What is the climax specifically? Give a reason for your answer.
Explain the significance of Macbeth’s statement: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/Thy gory locks at me.”
Lady Macbeth behaves in a manner that, though it is hypocritical, reveals other aspects of her personality. What are these aspects?
Note that six other references to blood occur in this scene, one of the major images in the drama. Quote them.
Quote words that indicate Macbeth’s current state of mind.
Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he “lack[s] the season of all natures, sleep.” How does this quote reinforce a previous statement by Macbeth regarding the importance of sleep?
Quote two examples of Macbeth’s intentions regarding further murders.
Why does Macbeth plan to see the witches?
What characteristic of Macbeth does Hecate reinforce?
Lennox says, “How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight,/In pious rage, the two delinquents tear,/That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?/ Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely, too!” What is his tone? What dos his tone suggest about his meaning?
Tell why Macduff goes to England.