Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Macbeth, Act 3: Acting Companies

After reading your assigned scene in Act 3, please post the following on this blog:

1. The three most important events, in your humble opinion, of this scene.

2. The most important passage in this scene (please include speaker, the lines themselves, and the line numbers--just as you do in your word trace entries).

3. A thoughtful explanation as to why this passage is so significant (what does it reveal about a character or change in character? Is it part of a motif? Does it reveal any emerging themes?).


  1. 1. The three most important events in this scene are; Macbeth hiring people to kill Banquo, Macbeth is afraid of Banquo, and when Banquo left with his son.

    2.The most important is when Macbeth decides he is going to hire people to kill Banquo. (Macbeth. 2.1 55-75)

    3. This passage is significant because it shows how determined he is to make the prophecy come true.

  2. The "A" Team
    Act 3 Scene 1

    1. Banquo accused Macbeth of killing the King while he was by himself.
    2. Macbeth hires Murderers to kill Banquo.
    3. Macbeth explains the importance and the way to kill Banquo to the Murderers.

    The most inmportant passage is Banquo's speech in the beginning. He says, "Thou hast it now,King, Cawdor, Glamis,all ... And set me up in hope? But hush, no more." (Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 1-10) This is important because it introduces the possibility that Macbeth may get accused of murdering the king. Before this speech, no one even considered that Macbeth did it.

  3. Team Something Awesome- Lady Macbeth and Macbeth talk about their bad dreams. He hints at killing Banquo and Lady Macbeth comforts Macbeth.


    Macbeth wants to keep his plan on the down low so he hinted at Lady Macbeth but for them not to talk about it.

  4. The Fantastic Five:

    Act 3 Scene 1
    Three important events:
    Macbeth asks Banquo to be present at the banquet.
    Macbeth expresses fear that he will be murdered because of Banquo's prophecy.
    Macbeth persuades two murders to kill Banquo and his son.

    Important passage:
    3.1 Macbeth: It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out tonight. (lines 157-158)

    This passage proves that Macbeth doesn't trust anyone with his own life; however, he put others lives on the line.

    Act 3 Scene 2
    Three important events:
    Lady Macbeth is showing a less evil side of her by trying to comfort Macbeth.
    Lady Macbeth and Macbeth put the murder of Duncan behind them.
    Macbeth has more evil thoughts and has become less caring towards others.

    Important passage:
    3.2 Macbeth: But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer, Ere we will eat our meal in fear and sleep In the affliction of these terrible dreams That shake us nightly. Better be with the dead, Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, Than on the torture of the mind to lie in restless ecstasy. (lines 18-25)

    Macbeth expresses that he would rather have the world fall apart than continue having the nightmares of killing King Duncan.

  5. The most important things in scene 1 are:

    1. Banquo is starting to put the peeices together about what happened with duncan and Macbeth.
    2. Macbeth hires hitmen to kill banquo.
    3. Macbeth is afraid of Banquo and how he will ruin his reign as king.

    Macbeth- "Both of you know Banquo was your enemy." 3.1 125-126

    These passages are important because Macbeth is turning on his best friend. It shows that power corrupts people and makes them do horrible things.

    1. Lady macbeth and macbeth are very troubled by the dreams they are having.
    2. macbeth does not tell lady macbeth about the murder of banquo
    3. Lady macbeth tries to calm down macbeth.

  6. 6 Man Wolf Pack!

    Act 3 Scene 1
    1) Macbeth hires murderers.
    2) He tells them to kill Banquo and his son.
    3) He tells the murders to kill Banquo and his son away from the castle so he will not get balmed.

    2. To be thus is nothing, Stick deep, and in his royalty or nature / And champion me to the utterance! Who's there?
    This passage talks about all the great rulers and about how he needs to kill Banquo and his son so that his own son can become king.

    3. This passage is important because it shows that Macbeth is power hungary and he will do whatever it takes to make his rule flawless. The theme in this is power.

    Act 3, Scene 2
    1) Talks about how the murder of the king is eating away at him.
    2)They are having another party at their house tonight.
    3) Macbeth now is executiong a plan to kill Banquo and his son.
    2. We have scotched the snake, not killed it. / Can touch him further.
    This scene talks about the mental anguish Macbeth is going through. He expresses that he would rather have the world fall apart than have to face his nightmares.
    3. This passage is important becasue his world is falling apart and his guilt is eating away at him. Since he is so power hugary he can't stop with the murders. This shows the motif of blood and power.

  7. The “A” Team (continued)
    Act 3, Scene 2
    1. a. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are worried about the actions they have taken. They aren’t happy with what they did.
    b. Lady Macbeth tries to encourage Macbeth out of his misery with soothing words, even though he is very worried about Banquo and Fleance.
    c. Macbeth mentions the evil actions that are to take place that night.

    2. The most important lines of this scene are Lady Macbeth’s comments to herself in the beginning. She says, “Nothing’s gained, all’s lost, when a wish fulfilled brings no contentment. It’s better to be the victim that to live in worry on the proceeds of the crime.”
    3. This brings out a new part of Lady Macbeth that hasn’t been shown before. She is showing doubt and fear about what they did with Duncan. She seems to be indicating that it wasn’t worth it.