* After his first confrontation with the witches, Macbeth worried that he would have to commit a crime to get the crown. He seems to have gotten used to the idea of killing because the body counts has risen drastically. * Since the first prophecy of the witches came true Macbeth feels that he must kill Banquo and Fleance so that the second part from becoming realized. * Fleance survives which suggests that there is no escape from the witches’ prophecies. * Macbeth and Lady Macbeth trade roles.
* Macbeth adapts the same rhetoric that lady Macbeth used to convince Macbeth to murder in Act 1 Scene 7. * He questions their manhood in order to push them to kill Banquo and Fleance. * He says that they must make face visors to their hearts w she previously told him to act like the innocent flower and be the serpent under it. * Lady Macbeth starts to convince Macbeth not to kill.
* Macbeth displays fearlessness but he is undeniably filled with guilt which he expresses in his reference to the “scorpions” in his mind and he declares that by killing banquo they have scorched the snake not killed it. * Macbeth becomes bold and does not tell lady Macbeth abou the murder of banquo while she despairs * He is very afraid of Banquo who does not let his ambition take over his conscience. * Both characters seem shocked and dismayed that getting the crown has not rid them of trouble or brought them happiness. * They use a language full of imaginary sentences which refers to paranoia or inner turmoil. * Every murder he commits, he thinks that it would bring him security and contentment but the deeper he sinks in blood, the more violent and more horrified he becomes. * The banquet is the high point of his reign and also the downfall. * He sees Banquo’s ghost sitting in his chair and he talks to it. * Lady Macbeth is surefooted and tells the others that he has some mental problems. * Macduff leaves to England to get the...
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