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Macbeth - Act 3 Scene 1 Oral Presentation

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Act 3 Scene 1 Oral Presentation Background King Duncan, has been murdered by Macbeth, and Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland. Banquo is back in the royal castle of Forres, and we find out, that he has been observing the recent events and is aware of the witches' prophecies. This prompts him to wonder if the prophecy made to him by the witches may also come true. Meanwhile, Macbeth fears that Banquo and his son Fleance may be an obstacle to him and plans their murder, keeping Lady Macbeth in the dark. Lastly, in this scene, Macbeth plans to kill Banquo and his son through hired assassins. Analysis The scene begins with Banquo suspecting Macbeth, and in this short soliloquy of his, Macbeth tells the audience that he suspects that Macbeth became king by foul means, as shown by the quote' Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all As the weird women promised and I fear Thou playd'st most foully for't. Banquo's fears are overcome by the thought that since Macbeth has become the king, he too, may be the father, to a lineage of Kings as the witches had predicted. 'That myself should be the root and father of many kings. Banquo's' thoughts are interrupted, with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth entering, and Macbeth, inviting Banquo to the banquet as the chief guest. ...read more.


Fruitless crown] Macbeth recalls the Witches' prediction that he will have no successors. From this statement, Macbeth shows his feelings, that if the witches' predictions come true, then he would be a king to a fruitless crown as Banquo would be the one who is the father to a line of kings. And put a barren sceptre...] continues the image of infertility as in (not having anyone to inherit the throne) In my gripe ] in Macbeth's grasp. Thence to be wrenched by an unlineal hand ] to be thorn by a hand of someone not belonging to Macbeth's lineage. No son of mine succeeding... ] Macbeth has no descendants. For Bzaanquo's issue... ] Macbeth has (defiled)filled his mind with corruption and evil thoughts for Banquo's children For them the gracious Duncan...] Macbeth greatly admires Duncan's kingly qualities, as we have seen several times in the play. Compare to 1.7.16-21. Put rancours] bitterness and hostility which are poison to the soul. the vessel of my peace ] Macbeth's actions have "Put rancours" (poison) into the "vessel" of his peace - imagery of someone dropping poison into a goblet full of wine. Only for mine eternal jewel ] Macbeth's immortal soul. Given to the common enemy of man] Satan. To make them kings, the seed of Banquo's kings ] offspring, progeny. Fate into the list ] a field or arena where knights on horseback competed in jousting tournaments known as tilts. ...read more.


Hence he wants to try and hold on to it Banquo The scene emphasizes the impact of the witches' prophecies on Banquo. The realization of their predictions in the case of Macbeth raises his own hopes. He is almost certain that Macbeth has employed wicked means to obtain kingship. Still he offers his absolute loyalty. This is especially striking when we recall his earlier boast that he will probe deep into the issue of the King's murder. He has now compromised his ideals. It is as if he will not mind Macbeth being kind for a few years provided his own children will succeed to the throne after his death. He stands in stark contrast to Macduff who firmly refuses to have anything to do with the usurper. Links, significance and audience impact Link This scene shows that Macbeth has changed, and now is obsessed with power and authority which propels him to killing anyone who come in his way or poses a threat to his immoral and illegal reign as King of Scotland. This scene, also show the beginning of the gradual decline of Macbeth. Audience impact We, as the audience, lose all sympathy for Macbeth, as in this scene he appears to be evil and a tyrant (modern day terrorist) who is a threat to society and people. (Kills Banquo just because he fears losing his crown). Also, we sense the decline of Macbeth, and the theme of good versus evil comes to the mind. Thank you ...read more.

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