24th March 2017

MACBETH Summary Act 3

Act 3, Scene 1 Summary,
Characters: Banquo, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Attendant, Murderers
Location: A room in Forres
Time: Day
Events: Banquo fears for the murderer (macbeth), Banquo says he will go for a ride until the feast, Banquo leaves, Macbeth sends everyone out and talks to the servant about some men we haven’t met yet, Macbeth wants to take action against Banquo mayhaps, The men are murderers ;n; , Macbeth convinces the murderers Banquo is their enemy, Macbeth explains that he cannot murder Banquo because of his reputation, He says he must be killed tonight, says his son must die too (Fleance).
Quote: ‘Masking the business from the common eye, For sundry weighty reasons’ -Macbeth

Act 3, Scene 2 Summary,
Characters: Lady Macbeth, Servant, Macbeth
Location: The Palace
Time: Day
Events: Lady Macbeth believes Macbeth feels they are in danger, wants Macbeth to appear jovial at the feast
Quote: ‘Be innocent of the knowledge’ -Macbeth

Act 3, Scene 3 Summary,
Characters: Murderers, Banquo, Fleance
Location: A park
Time: Day
Events: Murders wait for Banquo, a third joins them, he says he was sent from Macbeth, Banquo is killed, Fleance escapes
Quote: ‘O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge. O slave!’ -Banquo

Act 3, Scene 4 Summary,
Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Murderer, Lords, Ross, Lennox, Ghost of Banquo
Location: Banquet Hall
Time: Most likely evening
Events: Macbeth welcomes all the thanes to the feast, murderer privately tells Macbeth Banquo is dead but Fleance is alive, Macbeth is dismayed at this news, he pretends to be sad that Banquo not being there, Macbeth sees banquo’s ghost and is upset, Lady Macbeth tells the Thanes Macbeth’s behavior is normal before scorning him privately, Macbeth tries to be normal but is frightened of the ghost who had returned, The thanes leave, Macbeth has suspicions as to why Macduff hadn’t attended, Macbeth wants to visit the witches the next day to learn.
Quote:’Blood hath been shed ere now, i’th’ olden time, Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear:’ -Macbeth

Act 3, Scene 5 Summary,
Characters: Witches, Hecate
Location: The heath
Time: Probably night
Events: The witches are scorned for not involving Hecate in their plans for Macbeth, Hecate vows to aid Macbeth in his destruction
Quote:’His hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear; And you all know, security Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.’ -Hecate

Act 3, Scene 6 Summary,
Characters: Lenox, another Lord
Location: Somewhere in Scotland
Time: unknown
Events: Lenox is suspicious of Duncan and Banquo’s deaths and speaks to a Lord about it, the lord tells Lenox that Malcolm has fled to the English King and Macduff has gone there to ready an attack on Macbeth, Lenox and the Lord both believe it would be best for them (Macduff,etc) to stay out of Macbeth’s path
Quote: ‘Advise him to a caution, to hold what distance His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel Fly yo the court of England, and unfold His message ere he come, that swift blessing May soon return to this our suffering country Under a had accursed!’ -Lenox

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