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Macbeth | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Scene 2

Professor Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Act 3, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.

Macbeth | Act 3, Scene 2 | Summary



Lady Macbeth confirms that Banquo has left the court and encourages Macbeth to bury any guilt he still has about Duncan. He counters by describing his fears about Banquo and Fleance. He hints to her that he plans to eliminate the threat they present, but he will not tell her more until the deed is accomplished.


Lady Macbeth's role in her marriage has changed somewhat. Her comment as she waits to speak to Macbeth shows that they are not entirely happy now that they have the crown, but her interpretation of his moods also shows that the two are communicating less. She once again tells him to stop worrying about Duncan's murder, which is not what Macbeth is worried about at this point. He does reveal to her that his preoccupation is more about the threat that Banquo poses to their position, but he does not share the details of his plans. This secrecy, although it is thin, represents a departure from their previous relationship, in which they made plans together.

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