Prodded by his ambitious wife, , he murders , becomes king, and sends mercenaries to kill Banquo and his sons. Banquo and Fleance approach the murderers by torch. Others believe that it is Macbeth himself, who could not trust the murderers fully. Why does Macbeth want Banquo and Fleance dead? At the moment that he dies, therefore, it is appropriate for the last remnant of sunlight to fade away. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth speak in private.
What news does Ross bring Macbeth? Lennox proposes that if Malcolm, Donalbain, and Fleance were in Macbeth's prison, they would also probably be dead now. Who else is missing from the banquet table, besides Banquo? The theme of stains and washing runs throughout the play. Act 3, scenes 1—3 Summary: Act 3, scene 1 In the royal palace at Forres, Banquo paces and thinks about the coronation of Macbeth and the prophecies of the weird sisters. They have meddled with Macbeth without her consultation. Meeting with Macbeth, Macbeth continuously asks Banquo of his travel plans and those of his son. Macduff fights him and beheads him. Macbeth enters looking upset and she counsels him to stop mulling over the crimes they have committed.
He adds that should Fleance, Donalbain and Malcolm be captured that they would certainly suffer but now Lennox realizing just how dangerous his skeptical words of Macbeth are, changes the subject by asking of Macduff. Macbeth Study Guide Questions Act I 1. Without a line of kings following Macbeth's line, he fears that being King of Scotland is a farce and in Banquo, Macbeth sees the person stopping his own lineage of kings. He asks if they are angry and manly enough to take revenge on Banquo. When does Macbeth know he is in trouble? He even envies Duncan, who now sleeps peacefully in his grave. He decides to keep quiet about it.
Summary: Act 3, scene 3 It is dusk, and the two murderers, now joined by a third, linger in a wooded park outside the palace. What is the point of the first scene literally and in reference to the whole play? He has his men cut off tree branches and use them as camouflage. The Three Murderers kill Banquo but his son Fleance escapes and survives. Again to the prelude of thunder we see the Three Witches. He seems to have gotten used to the idea, as by this point the body count has risen to alarming levels. She tells them that Macbeth will visit them tomorrow and that they must put on a more dramatic show for him. A Room of State in the Palace.
We see Lennox and a Lord discuss affairs in their kingdom. Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! She tells him he must learn to look innocent even when his heart is full of evil. He asks of some men. Moreover, Macbeth's slaying of the bodyguards seemed very convenient, since they probably would have denied killing Duncan. Duncan, too, evaluates heroic action on a rather gory scale. He is followed by Lady Macbeth, now his queen, and the court.
Lady Macbeth attempts to strengthen Macbeth's resolve. In any case, introducing a third murderer rounds out the number of murderers so that they balance the three witches. He muses on the subject of Banquo, reflecting that his old friend is the only man in Scotland whom he fears. A Room in the Palace. Banquo departs, and Macbeth dismisses his court. Act 3, Scene 3 The two murderers are joined by a third, who says that he has also been hired by Macbeth.
What four things did the witches show Macbeth? Who will be the new king of Scotland? Lennox and the lord send their prayers to Macduff and Malcolm. Such symbolism is reinforced by the fact that Banquo and Fleance approach the murderers carrying a torch. We learn they are presently waiting outside the palace gate. Banquo and Fleance approach on their horses and dismount. The two men have apparently asked Siward to lead an army against Macbeth. Just as the party resumes and Macbeth is offering a toast to Banquo, the ghost reappears. Lennox slyly suggests that Fleance may be responsible for Banquo's death since he fled afterwards but we quickly realize this is Lennox's way of finding out the Lord's allegiances.
Lady Macbeth warns him to act cheerful in front of their dinner guests. It can be seen as a metaphorical commentary on the events of the play because when light shines in most movies or plays, it represents how something good has or is about to happen and shines on the character that best exemplifies a good role model. . Macbeth is now alone with an Attendant. Why is Malcolm in England? He gets two convicted murderers to wait along the road to ambush them. The First Murderer enters, informing Macbeth of the deed.