Upon my head they placed a fruitless crownAnd put a barren scepter in my grip,Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,No son of mine succeeding. If ’t be so,For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;
Act 3: Scene 2
Act 3: Scene 3
O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!Thou may ’st revenge —O slave!
Macbeth, dressed as a king, enters with Lady Macbeth to ask Banquo to attend their feast later in the night. Banquo exits and Macbeth is left alone. Macbeth worries that he has opened himself up so that Banquo might overthrow him. Macbeth then talks to two murderers to arrange the murder of his former friend, Banquo.
Act 3: Scene 4
Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee.Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold.Thou hast no speculation in those eyesWhich thou dost glare with!
Lady Macbeth is worried and so she calls upon her husband. He enters also worried and tells her that there are still threats to the throne. Macbeth then informs his wife of his plan to murder Banquo.
Act 3: Scene 5
As by the strength of their illusionShall draw him on to his confusion.He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bearHis hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear.
We have scorched the snake, not killed it.She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor maliceRemains in danger of her former tooth.
The three murderers await for Banquo and his son Fleance. Banquo and his son arrive and are promptly ambushed by the murderers. Banquo dies and urges his son to avenge his death. Fleance manages to escape under the cover of darkness.
Act 3: Scene 6
Some holy angelFly to the court of England and unfoldHis message ere he come, that a swift blessingMay soon return to this our suffering countryUnder a hand accursed!
Macbeth learns that Banquo has been slain but Fleance has escaped. Macbeth returns to the feast only to find the ghost of Banquo in his seat. He is startled which in turn frightens the guests and eventually Lady Macbeth has to make excuses for him. Macbeth says he will do whatever to keep his throne.
The three weird sisters meet and converse with the goddess of witchcraft, Hecate. Hecate announces that she is now in charge, and that when Macbeth visits the next day that the sisters must lull him into a sense of false security.
Lennox walks with another Lord discussing the current matters of Scotland. They suspect that Macbeth is behind the murders of Duncan and Banquo and call him a tyrant. Both hope that Macduff and Malcolm will be able to release Scotland from Macbeth's grasp.