Macbeth- Study Guide Questions Act 3

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Why does Macbeth want Banquo and Fleance dead?

Because the witches fortune could come true for Banquo (his sons to become kings) and Macbeth doesn't want them to have power because it is a threat to Macbeth's power (he doesn't want rivals.)

What is Macbeth's plan for killing Banquo and Fleance?

He hires two murderers to ambush them on the way back home from the journey

Does Macbeth's plan for killing Banquo and Fleance work? Explain.

No, they kill Banquo but Fleance escapes

Macbeth says "The worm that's fled/ Hath nature that in time will venom breed, / No teeth for the present." What does he mean?

Fleance that escaped, but will be trouble later

Who or What does Macbeth see at the banquet table?

A ghost of Banquo

How does Lady Macbeth cover for Macbeth at the banquet?

she said that he has had an illness for a long time which makes him hallucinate-- and it gets worse when he's tired

Who else is missing from the banquet, besides Banquo?

Macduff

Macbeth says, " I am in blood/ Stepped in so far that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er." What does he mean?

keep going with what he planned because going back would be just as hard as going on

What does Hecate want the witches to do?

make a spell... to keep drawing Macbeth on till they destroy him completely

What does Lennox think about Macbeth?

he is a tyrant, who is ruining the country

What does Lennox think about Fleance?

if he were in Macbeth's prison he would be dead by now

What does Lennox think about Duncan's sons?

they are safe where they are; and if they were in Macbeth's prison they would be dead by now

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