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ACT III Questions. B. Literary Focus. Tragedy. Compare the beginning lines of Acts II and III. What is similar?

What has changed? -Banquo is still Macbeths loyal friend, but banquo has now, in act III, started doubting macbeths path towards the kings title. C. Literary Focus. Tragedy. What is Macbeth trying to accomplish when he says that his bloody cousins have fled to England and Ireland? -hes trying to make them look as if they ran away, possibly because of complicity in the kings death. E. Literary Focus. Tragedy. How does this passage develop the theme Fair is foul, and foul is fair? -macbeth is now seeing that his foul actions have left him feeling wrong for something that he might not even get benefited from, in other wordsKarma. G. Literary Focus. Tragedy. In Act III, Scene 1, lines 54-55, Macbeth says of Banquo, There is none but he/ Whose being I do fear. Later that scene, lines 135-136, Macbeth says to the murderers, Fleance his son, that keeps him company, /Whose absence is no less material to me /Than is his fathers. How was Macbeths view of the murder changed since he killed Duncan? -he now sees it as the only and fastest way out, he does not hesitate on sentencing someone to death, not even his alleged best friend and this ones son. Hes unscrupulous. I. Literary Focus. Tragedy. How has the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth changed? How does this change help develop Macbeths character as a tragic hero? -it looks as if she were not approving of the decisions and actions Macbeths trying to execute. He might somehow lose her as a partner and this adds to the tragic hero theme seeing hell face the consequences alone. K. Literary Focus. Tragedy. Some people have argued that Macbeth was the The Third Murderer. How does this speech support or contradict that theory? Explain your answer. -it might support it since there was not third murderer addressed when the other 2 met with Macbeth previously to the killing, but If he had been the third murderer then he wouldve know what had happened beforehand and wouldnt have had the need for the 1rst murderer to notify him, plus, Macbeth wouldve made sure they had both been killed. L. Literary Focus. Tragedy. How does this scene mark the beginning of Macbeths actual deterioration? -the hallucinations are returning and apparently more powerful, its just gonna go downhill from here on. P. Literary Focus. Tragedy. What does Lennox suggest about Macbeth? -that hes to blame for all the crimes since the kings to banquos. The immaturity of his actions undermine his loyalty.

Act III Applying your Skills 1. Macbeth publicly announces that he will be alone until dinner. What does he really do during this time? - he speaks to the murderers to arrange for Banquos and his sons assassination. 2. Why does Macbeth refuse to sit in the chair that is offered to him at dinner? -he refuses because according to his perception, it is taken, by someone, at first he doesnt notices who he is but then sees its Banquos walking corpse. 3. Where is Macduff during Act III? Why? - Hes in the English court where hes taking refugee from Macbeths accusations. 4. How does Shakespeare portray Macbeths tragic flaw in this act? -his ambition is portrayed in his decisions to keep murdering for the safety of his reign to prevail. 6. Analyze. In Act I, Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeths masculinity and thereby convinces him to murder Duncan. How does the question of manhood come up in Act III? -She tells him how he is acting like a woman telling stories by a chimney, this being his reaction to the hallucination of Banquos corpse. She is asking him to regain his composture. 7. Analyze. How do lines 27-34 in Act III, Scene 2 express the foul is fair theme? - is an apparent contradiction. It suggests that the play will focus on the disruption of the natural order of things. 8. Interpret. When the two murderers explain their criminal behaviour, what do we learn about them? -we learn that they have suffered to an extreme seeing that they do not care for the sake of their own lives. We also learn that macbeths attempt at convincing them attacking their nature has been successful. 9. Interpret. The events during the dinner entrance (Act III, 4, 1-2) and exit (lines 119-120) are quite different. Why is this difference significant? -this is when the murderer is coming to inform Macbeths of the results of the plan against Banquo and his son. 10. Evaluate. How does Macbeths situation at the end of Act III compare to his situation the end of Act II? Explain your answer. -at the end of both acts Macbeth is under scrutiny(suspicion) of the noblemen.