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In his soliloquy, what suspicion does Banquo reveal?
that Macbeth's prophecies are true, but not his
Macbeth seems to be very interested in Banquo's travel plans. Why?
He doesn't want Banquo to be late because it'll mess up his plan of murdering him.
The speech beginning "To be thus is nothing..." is another one often quoted. What is the meaning of that sentence?
His murder of Duncan is no big deal. Macbeth believes he is the rightful king
What is there in Banquo's character that makes Macbeth uneasy?
He has something overpowering in his natural nobility of character
What is there in he situation with Banquo that particularly upsets Macbeth?
That the Weird Sisters are right because Macbeth killed Duncan for Banquo's kids
What exposition does Shakespeare offer in Macbeth's conversation with the murderers?
Uses rhetorical strategies to make servants feel like Banquo always mistreated them. Tries to get them to listen to what he's saying. Banquo is the cause of suffering
How does Macbeth convince the murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance?
Convinces them that he'll be sick if Banquo is alive and reminds them of how bad they were treated
What does Macbeth tell them to do?
tells them to kill Banquo and Fleance
What is the meaning of Lady M's opening speech? 3.2
She's talking about Macbeth's paranoia. He's constantly worried about killing Duncan. If they can't enjoy the death of him, she'd rather be dead
In this scene what is Macbeth's state of mind?
Depressed, guilty, spending a lot of time alone, not sleeping
on the other hand, how does Macbeth show that his resolve and ambition have become stronger?
Plans the murder of Banquo and Fleance alone, without the help of Lady Macbeth
What is significant about Macbeth's instructions to Lady M about how to treat Banquo at the state dinner that night?
Treat him with the highest respect
What happens at the ambush?
1st Murderer strikes out the light. Banquo is killed, Fleance runs away
given the previous scene in which Banquo's death is planned and the next scene in which the audience could learn with Macbeth that Fleance escaped, why would Shakespeare choose to dramatize this seemingly insignificant event?
1- Ground links: like violence 2- Escape of Fleance: it proves the witches prophecies 3- Highlight bravery of Banquo as James ancestor
Once characteristic of Shakespeare's style is his play on words. How is this demonstrated in Macbeth's response to the murderers saying it's Banquo's blood on his face?
"Tis better thee without, than he within" It's better that you have Banquo's blood on you, rather than in his body
What wordplay is there in the murderer's reply that Banquo is safe now?
He's dead in a ditch, but yet he is still safe
The dagger Macbeth saw in Act 2 Scene 1 was a hallucination. Banquo's ghost in this scene is not. How do we know?
Banquo's ghost takes Macbeth's seat. The stage directions tell the ghost what to do
What does Lady M say to Macbeth?
She asks if he's even a man. Tells him he's just imagining it
What is the significance of the conversation Macbeth and Lady M have immediately after the guests leave?
The Augurs are birds (bad omens) nature will tell on them
For what reason does Macbeth mention Macduff's name?
His refusal to come to dinner was an insult and an act of defiance
What does Macbeth say he will do next?
He'll send for the Scottish nobles because none of them came
What is Macbeth's frame of mind?
Suspicious, very committed to violence
Who is Hecate and why is she angry?
Queen of Weird Sisters, they dealt with Macbeth
What is her plan for Macbeth?
Wants to make him feel confused
How can we interpret Lennox's speech?
Suspects Macbeth would kill Malcom and Donaldbain if they were in Scotland. They should have fled
What further exposition does Shakespeare offer through the Lord?
Under Macbeth, the Scotts pine for food, sleep and peace