Three times Macbeth sees the ghost, and three times he appears to recover his senses. Macduff assures him that there is not a demon in hell that could make a worse king than Macbeth. As with the ethereal dagger, the ghost of Banquo appears to come and go, propelling Macbeth into alternating fits of courage and despair. Banquo's ghost enters the hall, and shakes 'his gory locks' at Macbeth; Lady Macbeth thinks a good night's sleep will solve everything. The apparitions that the witches summon give equivocal messages to Macbeth, and they appear to know quite consciously that he will only understand one half of their words. They say rocks have been known to move and trees have spoken. The third murderers could even be the three witches in disguise.
Even if the occurrence is supernatural, the event is very real for Macbeth. Previous Scenes Macbeth has killed Duncan, king of Scotland, and has set his sights on those who might usurp the throne from him. Get the latest updates: Facebook: Twitter:. Act 3, Scene 1 Alone at Macbeth's court, Banquo voices his suspicions that Macbeth has killed Duncan in order to fulfill the witches' prophesies. King Duncan appreciates the bravery of Macbeth and also Banquo who was also a famed captain. The first witch says that they will be meeting when the environment will be one of thunder, lightning, and rain. At the same moment that the good and kind Banquo dies, the light is extinguished.
He ponders the issue of Banquo, noting that he is the only person in Scotland whom he fears because of his strength, wisdom, and good character. Moreover, Macbeth's slaying of the bodyguards seemed very convenient, since they probably would have denied killing Duncan. Macbeth has met some witches and listed to their words. Most royal sir, First Murderer Yes, my good lord. When he sees that the ghost has returned, Macbeth screams at him for being so spooky.
Macbeth becomes curious about their words and wants to know more about his future. As in Act I, Scene 6, Lady Macbeth's words of introduction disguise her true feelings. Macbeth enters looking upset and she counsels him to stop mulling over the crimes they have committed. Macbeth Oh God, there comes my fear back again. Macbeth I will sit among you and act as the humble host. He is now driven solely by his ambition, and he is willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the power he has gained. He now tells them that while Banquo is his own enemy as much as theirs, loyal friends of Banquo's prevent him from killing Banquo himself.
Macbeth also wonders if he has killed Duncan only to have Banquo's sons become kings instead of his own descendants; the thought infuriates and frustrates him. Macduff tells Ross of how the king of England has granted them ten thousand men to use to defeat Macbeth. Macbeth says thanks The second is a bloody child, he speaks Macbeth, no man born from a woman shall harm Macbeth. In the final scene of the act, Lennox-one of the thanes-walks with another lord. Macbeth begins to speak to Banquo's ghost again, and the guests decide it might be best to leave. Macbeth, however, seems unaware of the fact that the witches could be manipulating him.
But it would be great if someone did the same to Fleance. He sees eight kings in a line, the last holding a mirror and, at the end of the line, Banquo's ghost walks. Other major characters, including Malcolm, Macduff, and Lady Macbeth, can also be seen as foils or doubles for Macbeth. After witnessing Macbeth's odd behavior, the guests decide it is definitely time to leave the party. Their conversation establishes the desirable traits of a king including fairness, temperance, and justice. Banquo is dead, buried in a trench with twenty gashes in his head.
The next acts shifts to Macduff's castle in Fife, showing his wife and one of his sons. The witches now show Macbeth a procession of kings, the eighth of whom holds a mirror in his hand, followed by Banquo. Lesson Summary He has ordered murderers to kill Banquo to thwart any threat he might represent to Macbeth's power. Macduff is stunned speechless and Malcolm urges him to cure his grief by exacting revenge on Macbeth. Macduff cries out in horror, and says he will leave Scotland forever since there is no man fit to rule it.
Macduff is overcome with guilt and sorrow from the murders that occurred while he was absent. There is power in the number three: Macbeth meets three witches, commits three separate murders, and sees three apparitions. Macbeth joins the banquet, but the ghost of Banquo sits in his place. Macbeth reminds the murderers of the plan, insisting they make sure to kill Fleance as well. She does not know where to go and she does not think that anyone would come to kill her and her children because they have done nothing wrong. The second witch says that their next meet will be when the noise of the battle will be over.