Macbeth Act 3

Act 3, Scene 1

Banquo reveals his fears of Macbeth killing king Duncan, yet wonders if the witches prophecies will come true for his own future. Banquo is welcomed in but Macbeth and Lady Macbeth ensure that Banquo intends to ride with his son Fleance. After Banquo leaves, Macbeth reveals his own fears about Banquo and the fact that by killing duncan he may have just made it easier for Banquo’s sons to be heirs to the throne Macbeth says there is no one he fears accept for Banquo,  “there is none but he whose being I do fear”

Act 3, Scene 2

When lady Macbeth confronts Macbeth about his behaviour (on edge and secretive), he explains that they are still in danger and expresses his worries about Fleance, Banquo and the prophecies. Macbeth reveals that their evil deeds must continue In order to become safe and secure. He plans for 3 murderers to defeat Banquo and fleance on their ‘ride’. ” O! full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! Thou know’st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.”

Act 3, Scene 3

Whist Banquo and Fleance are out for their ride a third murderer appears, sent by Macbeth for the ambush.The assasination takes a wrong turn and after Banquo is killed (by multiple stabs to the face) his son Fleance escapes “there’s but one down: the son is fled”.

Act 3, Scene 4

At the castle Macbeth welcome the lord to the banquet. A murderer reports to Macbeth that Banquo is dead but fleance escaped. After sitting down Macbeth sees Banquos ghost and begins loosing his mind “Thy bones are marrow less, thy blood is cold”. Lady Macbeth tries to act as if it’s normal in attempt to prevent Macbeth from leaking any information. The Banquet ends and Macbeth decides to meet with the witches the next day.

Act 3, Scene 5


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