Act 3 Project Questions and Quotations (Macbeth)

What effect does leaving the scene out have on our

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- What effect does leaving the scene out have on our understanding of the role of the witches in determining Macbeth's actions? “And by the strength of their illusion / Shall draw him on to his confusion.” -Hecate “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear / His hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear.” -Hecate “Security / Is mortal’s chiefest enemy.” -Hecate
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3.6 1. This scene is fairly static -- just two people exchanging dialogue. How does Shakespeare make it interesting and more dramatic, despite this limitation? 2. In Act 3, scene 6, Lennox comments on Macbeth's actions. In your own words, try to explain what he says directly and what he really thinks or hints at. Why might he not want to say directly what is really in his mind? 3. The lord's reply to Lennox contains some interesting information about Macduff. What is this, and how might it affect things in Scotland? Quotes for Analysis “The gracious Duncan…the right valiant Banquo…to kill their gracious father…How it did grieve Macbeth…” -Lennox “We may again / Give to our table meat, sleep to our nights / Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives” -Lord “That a swift blessing / May soon return to this our suffering country, / Under a hand accursed.” -Lennox
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