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The diaries of Macbeth, Banquo and Lady Macbeth
After Act 3 Scene 1
Imagine that Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Banquo write in their diaries after Act 3 Scene 1. They are very different and seem to be keeping secrets. Before Duncan’s murder the Macbeths were very close and Banquo and Macbeth were best friends. Macbeth’s diary: Things to include:

Are you pleased to be king? Any regrets about killing Duncan? Why were you so determined to find out what Banquo and Fleance were doing? Why did you pretend to be so friendly to Banquo’s face? Did you feel guilty about this at all? If not, why not? Are you still thinking about the witches? Do you think Banquo’s predictions will come true? Why is Banquo such a threat to you?

Why did you get the two murderers? Why don’t you just commit murder again yourself?
Why aren’t you telling your wife everything?
What do you hope will happen now?
Lady Macbeth’s diary: Things to include:
Are you pleased to be queen? Any regrets about killing Duncan? Did you notice anything different about Banquo and Macbeth when they spoke? Are you looking forward to the feast?
How have things changed between you and your husband?
How did you feel when Macbeth sent you away? Did you know he was having a secret meeting with two men? How do you feel about this? Banquo’s diary: Things to include:
What suspicions do you have against Macbeth? How do you think he became king?
Do you hope your predictions from the witches will come true? Why? Why did you act in a friendly way to Macbeth’s face when deep down you think he has played foully to be king? Are you suspicious about all the questions Macbeth was asking you about your plans with Fleance? Are you looking forward to the feast or not? Why (not)?

Remember, you are writing as though you are the character. Check spellings. Use capital letters to begin sentences and for character names. Check that you use paragraphs: start a new one for each new subject. Macbeth Act 3


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