Analysis of the Banquet Scene: Act III Scene iv
After reading Act III of the text, return to scene iv for a closer analysis. Let the chart below guide your reading, and be sure to justify your answers to the questions using specific detailed evidence from the text. Examine the text:
When Macbeth learns that Banquo has been assassinated but Fleance has escaped, he uses figurative language to describe his state of mind. He says, “Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect; whole as the marble, founded as the rock, as broad and general as the casing air: but now, I am cabin’d, cribb’d confin’d, bound in to saucy doubts and fears.” He continues on in an aside, stating, “There the grown serpent lies: the worm, that’s fled, hath nature that in time will venom breed, no teeth for the present.” What does it say?
First, work through the literal meaning of this excerpt full of similes and metaphors. Paraphrase what this passage says: Paraphrase goes here
Macbeth and his wife become the thanes of Scotland to the banquet. They successfully killed Banquo and failed to kill Fleance. To make sure that his future goes as planned, he must kill Macduff.
What does it mean?
Now, think about the purpose and what the passage means to the reader, by thinking through three questions:
1. What images does the passage create?
The passage creates a image that shows the reader two sides of Macbeth. His evil side and his fronting side. When he and his wife or just himself is in front of people, they seem innocent, little to know that he killed his friends. It is a two faced image.
2. How do these images affect the tone and mood of the scene? The image affects the tone and mood because the way the speaker is reading or how the text is, the reader paints a picture in their mind. The image creates a happy but yet unsatisfying tone to the reader.
3. How do these images act as clues to help the reader ascertain Macbeth’s state of mind? The...
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