It gives us a fine characterization of Banquo, and shows what cause Macbeth had to fear him. First Murderer We are men, my king. He asks Banquo to attend a feast that evening. And though I could With barefaced power sweep him from my sight 135 And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not, For certain friends that are both his and mine, Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall Who I myself struck down. As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine: since for you, Macbeth, their predictions are brilliantly fulfilled.
Macbeth's dialogue with the murderers at the close of the scene informs us of the fate that is hanging over Banquo's head. Macbeth enters looking upset and she counsels him to stop mulling over the crimes they have committed. Macbeth reminds the murderers that Fleance must be killed along with his father and tells them to wait within the castle for his command. The murderers kill Banquo, who dies urging his son to flee and to avenge his death. King Macbeth then asks the men, ''Do you find Your patience so predominant in your nature, That you can let this go? Let every man be master of his time Till seven at night.
But Macbeth declares that their job is not done: he still spends every waking moment in fear and every night embroiled in nightmares. Third Apparition Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care 91. That trace him in his line. If they really spoke the truth — as it seems clear they did from your case, Macbeth — perhaps what they said about me will come true as well. Lesson Summary In Act 3, Scene 1 of Macbeth, Macbeth is now king, and all the witches' prophecies about him have come true. Oh, and they'll have to kill the Fleance, too.
I told you that yesterday. At the moment that he dies, therefore, it is appropriate for the last remnant of sunlight to fade away. While the murderers wait for Banquo and Fleance to approach, one of them observes that the sun is setting. This speech shows Banquo in a wholly different mood from that in which we last saw him. The king then tells the men that they must kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner? I have to be able to grieve and cry over his death, even though I am the one who will have him killed.
If there come truth from them-- As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine-- Why, by the verities on thee made good, May they not be my oracles as well, And set me up in hope? Macbeth thus uses very much the same goading tactics his wife used in compelling him to kill Duncan. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Macbeth enters, with other thanes and Lady Macbeth. Then, prophetlike, They hailed him father to a line of kings. Banquo is the first to address the witches: ''What are these So wither'd, and so wild in their attire, That look not like the inhabitant o' the earth, And yet are on't? See, Macbeth is worried about Banquo's noble nature, wisdom, and valor.
Noteworthy in this scene is the way in which Shakespeare registers the psychological response of both Macbeth and Banquo. In any case, introducing a third murderer rounds out the number of murderers so that they balance the three witches. Macbeth mentions that they should discuss the problem of Malcolm and Donalbain. Macbeth Here's our most important guest. Banquo and Macbeth are struck dumb for the second time, but now Shakespeare contrasts their responses. Their lives are pretty bad anyway. Others believe that it is Macbeth himself, who could not trust the murderers fully.
This deserves the most careful study. Are you so gospell'd To pray for this good man and for his issue, 95 Whose heavy hand hath bow'd you to the grave And beggar'd yours for ever? But then the Thane of Ross arrives and tells Macbeth that he is indeed the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth wonders if he will one day be king and what he will have to do for it. But yet I'll make assurance double sure, 84. Macbeth asks if Fleance will be riding with him. Amazed that the witches' prophecy has come true, Macbeth asks Banquo what he thinks about what has just happened.
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip, Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, no son of mine succeeding. Summary: Act 3, scene 2 Elsewhere in the castle, Lady Macbeth expresses despair and sends a servant to fetch her husband. Macbeth sweet talks Banquo, calling him his honored guest and requesting his presence at a fancy banquet to be held that night. You thought I did it, but I was innocent. The third murderers could even be the three witches in disguise. Macbeth Demands an Explanation In an attempt to better understand things, Macbeth addresses the witches: ''By Sinel's death I know I am thane of Glamis; But how of Cawdor? They reply that they are, and Macbeth accepts their promise that they will murder his former friend.