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. Resolve yourselves apart. I’ll come to you anon.
We are resolved, my lord.
Act 3, Scene 2
We have scorched the snake, not killed it. She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth.
Naught’s had, all’s spent, Where our desire is got without content. 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
Act 3, scene 3
O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!Thou may ’st revenge —O slave!
In this scene, Macbeth talks about how he fears the three witches prophecy that Banquo and family would overthrow the crown. Macbeth hires two murders, who he reminds that Banquo had wronged them in the past. The murderers agree to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth says " Put rancors in the vessel of my peace only for them; and mine eternal jewel iven to the common enemy of man" meaning that Macbeth has ruined his own peace and soul and in the end Banquo could be king.
Act 3, scene 4
To grace us with your royal company?
Here is a place reserved, sir.
The table’s full.
Lady Macbeth talks to Macbeth where he reveals that he fears that the threat for the throne is still alive. The role of leader goes from Lady Macbeth, who lead the murder of Duncan, to Macbeth who takes lead of the murder for Banquo. Both feel weary, as Macbeth talks about his "restless ecstasy" and Lady Macbeth talks about her "doubtful joy".. Macbeth hints about killing Banquo to Lady Macbeth, but does not tell her fully. This contrasts from the beginning of the play when Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were honest and truthful to one anther; now, they are becoming distant.
Act 3, scene 5
Get you gone, And at the pit of Acheron Meet me i' th' morning. Thither he Will come to know his destiny.And that distilled by magic sleights Shall raise such artificial sprites As by the strength of their illusion Shall draw him on to his confusion.
In this scene, the hired murderers go out to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Banquo gets killed, but Fleance gets away, foreshadowing that the prophecy of the three witches may come true. This is further supported when Banquo told Fleance to "avenge" his death. Although Macbeth tried to change his fate, it seems as if he is destined for doom.
Act 3, scene 6
From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth—Lives in the English court. Thither Macduff.
My former speeches have but hit your thoughts, Which can interpret farther. Only I say Things have been strangely borne. For from broad words, and 'cause he failed His presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hear Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell Where he bestows himself?
Macbeth goes to sit at the head of the table with his guests, but finds Banquo's ghost sitting in his seat at the table. Macbeth speaks to the ghost which is invisible to the rest of the table, and Lady Macbeth excuses his actions, saying he often has such visions.
This is the very painting of your fear. This is the air-drawn dagger which you said Led you to Duncan. Oh, these flaws and starts,
Which of you have done this?
The witches meet with Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft. Hecate is angry with them and scolds them for getting involved in the business of Macbeth without her approval. She devises a plan and says that when Macbeth comes back the next day, they will have spells made to cause confusion and give him a false sense of security.
Come, let’s make haste; she’ll soon be back again.
Lennox walks and talks to another lord. discussing the recent events in the kingdom. Banquo's murder has officially been placed on Fleance, however both men suspect it was Macbeth, who they refer to as a "tyrant". The lord informs Lennox that Macduff has gone to England to aid Malcom in pleading for aid from the king. The lord and Lennox both hope Macduff and Malcom will be successful and Scotland will be saved from Macbeth.
He did, and with an absolute “Sir, not I,” The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums, as who should say “You’ll rue the time that clogs me with this answer.”