ACTE III scene1 (l.47 to 90)
This act is devoted to the second great crime of Macbeth's career, the murder of Banquo. Macbeth's dialogue with the murderers at the close of the scene informs us of the fate that is hanging over Banquo's head. The scene is laid at the palace sometime after the coronation of Macbeth. Banquo departs, and Macbeth dismisses his court. He is left alone in the hall with a single servant, to whom he speaks about some men who have come to see him. Macbeth asks if the men are still waiting and orders that they be fetched. Once the servant has gone, Macbeth begins a soliloquy. The servant reenters with Macbeth’s two visitors. Macbeth reminds the two men, who are murderers he has hired, of a conversation he had with them the day before, in which he chronicled the wrongs Banquo had done them in the past. He asks if they are angry and manly enough to take revenge on Banquo.
This scene shows us, one more time, Macbeth alone on stage: it’s his second soliloquy after the episode with the dagger. In fact he speaks to himself, and it’s important to notice that no other characters can hear his speaking, that’s a way for the audience to know the truth, no the universal one, but the truth for Macbeth and all his thinking. In this soliloquy his thinking are about Banquo and the predictions. We can feel certain insecurity in Macbeth mind even if he is King now (at this time of the play, Macbeth is becoming King, in consequence of the murder of Duncan). He has some doubt about the character of Banquo because of the predictions of the witches: “Your children shall be King” (act I scene 3 l.6). So he decides to hire some murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. Furthermore we can pointed out that Lady Macbeth is not including in the new plan of Macbeth, in consequence he has all the responsibility of this deed because nobody encouraged him in this way, Lady Macbeth does not influence him in this new bloody act. We have two main aspect of... [continues]
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