Macbeth Act Three - CAP Lesson
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  • 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:
  • 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?