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Look again at Act 3 scene 1. What does it show about Macbeth at this point?

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Introduction

Look again at Act 3 scene 1. What does it show about Macbeth at this point? Macbeth is comfortably being king but with only one distraction, his former best friend, Banquo. As I remember Banquo was the only person who was with Macbeth when they both first spoke to the three witches. So Macbeth and Banquo are the only people to know about the prophecies the witches told them. However Macbeth played dirty to make his prophecies come true but Banquo's mentality is if his prophecy comes true it does and if it doesn't come true it doesn't. ...read more.

Middle

Macbeth asks 'Ride you this afternoon?' followed by Banquo,'Ay, my good Lord'. When Macbeth found out that Banquo and Fleance were going on a break he hired two hit men to hunt down and kill them both but to make sure they kill Fleance because the witches said that Banquo's predecessors would be kings or heirs to the throne. Macbeth's mental state at this point was great and was like he was ready to take on anyone and anything. ...read more.

Conclusion

and 'Is't far you ride?' This was his way of gaining clues of where Banquo is having his break. Macbeth has become more evil and is on the verge of becoming too power-mad. His wife, Lady Macbeth doesn't help, she just keeps feeding his greed until he gets everything a king deserves. But by making him more and more ambitious the more stupid things he'll do. However, he didn't do anything stupid in this scene, as a matter of fact he acted and spoke very cleverly 'Here's our chief guest', trying to make Banquo feel like his best friend although he knows Banquo is the only person standing in his way to the path of success. ...read more.

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