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Macbeth Act 3 Important Quotes

Banquo
Thou hast it now-King, Cawdor, Glamis, all as the Weird Women promised, and I fear thou played’st most foully for ‘t.
Act 3 Scene 1

This relates to “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”.

Macbeth
We here our bloody cousins are bestowed in England and Ireland, not confessing their cruel parricide, fillling their hearers with strange invention.
Act 3 Scene 1

The “bloody cousins” are Malcolm and Donalbain. “Parricide” is the same as Patricide. “Strange invention” means lies.

Macbeth
To be thus in nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared.
Act 3 Scene 1

When he says “thus” he means king. Macbeth shows that he distrusts Banquo.

Macbeth
There is none but he whose being I do fear; and under him my genius is rebuked, as it is said Mark Antony’s was by Caesar.
Act 3 Scene 1

Macbeth fears that Banquo will challenge him. Allusion to Octavius Caesar.

Macbeth
And bade them speak to him. Then, prophet-like, they hailed him father to a line of kings. 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.
Act 3 Scene 1

First line is a reference to Banquo’s talk to witches in Act 1. “And put a barren scepter…” is phallic imagery.

Macbeth
If ‘t be so, for Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, put rancors in the vessel of my peace only for them, and mine eternal jewel given to the common enemy of man to make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings. Rather than so, come fate into the list, and champion me to th’ utterance.
Act 3 Scene 1

Macbeth is going crazy because all he has done is so Baquo’s descendants will be kings. “Mine eternal jewel” is a metaphor for his soul. “Rather than so, come fate into the list”- Macbeth calls upon fate=apostrophe.

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