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Macbeth Act 3 quotes (IMPORTANT)
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But hush, no more.
Banquo didn't murder anyone for self gain, but he may not be as honourable as he seems. He suspects Macbeth of foul play, but does he tell anyone? No. In fact, he tells himself to "hush"—maybe because he's a little too excited about being the "root and father/ Of many kings."
Here's our chief guest.
Ironic as he show's up in his seat as a bloody ghost.
Are with a most indissoluble tie forever knit.
Acting Noble and Sincere but really Hypocritical and Deceptive. (SERPENT)
Fail not our feast.
Alliteration. Macbeth uses the smooth sounding line to seem friendly with his once friend. This allows Banquo to feel a little trust within his friendship however, Macbeth does not know of Banquo's suspicion.
To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus. There is none but he, whose being i do fear; and under him.
Macbeth; it's no good to be king if you are worried about your safety constantly. There is now pressure upon Macbeth as he suspects Banquo knows he killed Duncan.
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren sceptre in my gripe thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand.
Metaphor as he has no children if his own in which can carry the line of kings. He is jealous of Banquo as (someone of not family) he will take that crown as he is "fruitful".
Come fate into the list,
And champion me to th' utterance!
Here, Macbeth is calling fate to his aid, asking it to "champion" him, or fight for him, in the "lists," or the tournament grounds. This doesn't sound like a fate-or-free-will situation; it sounds like a fate-and-free-will deal.
Whose absence is no less material to me.
Macbeth makes Fleance's death seem like nothin making it a bit degrading. However, it's just as important as Banquo's. Fleance is described as material.
"Banquo, thy soul's flight, if it find heaven, must find it out tonight."
Religion plays a huge role within this play. Macbeth states only Heaven in this line (not mentioning Hell) which develops the point of how Banquo is more of a honourable man than Macbeth is.
What's done is done.
Lady Macbeth says this in an attempt to keep her husband calm, as he is having trouble with his guilty conscience constantly reminding him that he killed the king. Dramatic irony as Lady Macbeth, the main conspirator, should say this because later in the play, she is the one who is driven insane by her guilty conscience. She begins to sleepwalk and talks about the crime as if it were recently committed.
Scorched the snake not killed it
Slashing a snake can either kill it or provoke it. This might enhance the snake within themselves and allow Macbeth to become "the serpent under't" as he is more driven than Lady Macbeth later in the play.
O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!
Thou know'st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.
Deathly creatures which all contain poison. The need for information is an addiction for Macbeth it escalates to him using imperative to the witches to foretell him more prophecies.
He starts sound a lot like the weird sisters. It's weird as Hecate was not mentioned until later in the Act. Maybe he is still in "partners rapt".
Thou mayst revenge - O slave
Banquo wants Fleance to run and take revenge.
Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect.
But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
To saucy doubts and fears.
Openly saying he is having anxiety. Alliteration to emphasise he is closed in a tiny space full of distressing doubts and fears.
There the grown serpent lies; the worm that's fled
Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
Banquo lies while Fleance has fled. This worm will grow into a venomous snake but there are no "teeth" so it won't affect Macbeth at the moment.
You do not give the cheer.
Lady Macbeth does not know about Macbeth's second murder - she thinks he's being paranoid about the killing of the King. However, neither Macbeth or Lady Macbeth give the "cheer" later.
The table's full.
Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost sitting at the table, Macbeth's guilty conscience. The table is full of kind hearted people and this excludes Macbeth.
Here is a place reserved, sir.
What is't that moves your highness?
"Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me."
Don't shake your bloody hair at me. Macbeth has lost his mind.
Are you a man?
Lady Macbeth is emasculating her husband.
A bold one, that dare look on that which might appal the devil.
Macbeth could scare the devil.
O proper stuff! This is the very painting of your fear. Shame itself!
Lady Macbeth won't be laughing as hard when you're the one trying wash an invisible bloodstain out of your hand. The paint she is describing could be the blood that is on her hands later in the play.
What, quite unmanned in folly?
Lady Macbeth sees that Macbeth has lost control and for the last time in the play challenges his manhood. This is the last time we see her in control and the last time we see Macbeth not in control.
'For mine own good, all causes shall give way'
Macbeth has decided that his own safety is the only important thing and so he has to kill more.
"Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; thou hast no speculation in those eyes which thou dost glare with."
If trembling I inhabit then, protest me the baby of a girl.
Being a girl/woman is subservient it is almost a bad thing to be one.
It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more.
The dead will have their revenge.
Too deep in blood.
The mistress of your charms.
The witches' disobedience seems like a parallel to the way Macbeth, "the wayward son," is insubordinate to King Duncan. The "supernatural" still has rules and hierarchy; what Macbeth is doing is unnatural, inverting the natural order of king and lord.
"Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too."
Lennox uses sarcasm to say Macbeth has done a good job at handling things.
Whom this tyrant holds the due of birth.
Macbeth has just been crowned, and people are already calling him a tyrant. The Lord is already suspicious that power was taken unlawfully.
Malcolm has fled to England, seeking help from the "pious Edward," who stands in contrast to the tyrant Macbeth and is going to play a major role in the restoration of political order in Scotland. (King of England.
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