Macbeth Act Three - CAP LessonPresentation Transcript
Act Three By William Shakespeare
Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 1 Banquo suspects Macbeth - gains comfort from 2nd prediction - his own children will be Kings Even with new title Macbeth does not feel at ease Calls murderers dogs but he shows his inhumanity and imperfections -also wants to kill Fleance – the prophesy must be fulfilled
Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 2 Macbeth plans murder of Banquo and Fleance, not Lady Macbeth Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s world not at peace Macbeth wants to get rid of his bond with humanity “We have scorched the snake, not killed it.”—Macbeth, 3.2.15 “Duncan is in his grave; After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.”—Macbeth, 3.2.24–25
Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 3 Banquo killed - Murderers lantern extinguished - Fleance escapes Forces of darkness are at odds with light Murderers capable of poetry Escape of Fleance turning point - sudden reversal of fortune Banquo’s dying words “to revenge”
Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 4 Macbeth has Thanes of Scotland over - Macduff not there Murderers tell Macbeth what happened - Macbeth losses it Macbeth sees ghost - goes into a fit Macbeth has lost control Macbeth will kill Macduff and visit three sisters “It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.” —Macbeth, 3.4.152–53
Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 5 Hecate joins three sisters She tells the three witches that she is angry with them about how they are handling Macbeth’s prophesies Some say this scene was not in the original play
Hecate – The Queen of the Witches Act 3, Scene 5 On the heath, the witches meet Hecate, queen of witches, who chastises them for meddling in Macbeth's affairs without involving her or showing him any fancy magic spectacles. She tells them that Macbeth will visit them tomorrow and that they must put on a more dramatic show for him.
Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 6 Lennox reveals doubts about Macbeth - Did he kill the guards hastily? Macduff has fled to England to join forces with Malcolm who also asks help from King Edward of England Adapted from: www.hcdsb.org/classportal/files/6954-3514-MacbethIntro.PPT
Inner Conflict in Act Three Lady Macbeth discusses her unhappiness Inability to sleep Obsessed with the prophesy Insecure and anxious Macbeth shows struggle with his decisions Inability to sleep Nightmares and fear Seeing ghost of Banquo
Shakespeare's Macbeth:Fear and the “Dagger of the Mind” “Art thou not, fatal vision, sensibleTo feeling as to sight? or art thou butA dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain” What does this quote mean?
To Discuss… Discussion Questions Why is Macbeth, whom we know to be brave and ruthless in battle, so afraid? How does Shakespeare dramatize Macbeth's fear? What causes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s minds to become unhinged?
Feelings of Macbeth in Act ThreeRank Macbeth’s feelings in proper order
Macbeth and His Changing Attitude of Death Murder of Duncan Does not want to go through with it Has to be persuaded by Lady Macbeth Carries out the action himself Lady Macbeth is clearly in control and organizes the events Macbeth is horrified by the death and refuses to go back to replace the daggers – we can see his regret for his actions Murder of Banquo Fill in the chart with a minimum of 4 points
You’re The Director! Act Three, Scene 4 – Macbeth and the Ghost of Banquo Scene Lines 50-96 Discuss what Macbeth finds so terrifying in: A) The Ghost’s appearance? B) The Ghost’s behaviour? Now imagine that YOU are directing this scene, and answer the following questions: Would you let the audience see the ghost, or play it as something in Macbeth’s mind? What are the advantages and disadvantages if we are not allowed to see the ghost? Does it change the meaning of the play or our attitude to Macbeth if the ghost is an hallucination? If we ARE allowed to see the ghost, how should it look? Should it be the murdered/stabbed version of Banquo or a version of how he looked prior to his death? (Look back at the murderer’s description – lines 26-28)
Act Three - Summary Activity In your own words, write a brief summary of Lady Macbeth’s behaviour during Act Three In your own words, write a brief summary of Macbeth’s behaviour during Act Three What is Macbeth’s next move? Do you think he should continue pursuing the prophesies? Why or why not?