Act 3 Scene Summaries

Act 3

scene two: 

This scene is the scene where Macbeth states his worries. His only fear is that Banquo will prove that he murdered Duncan. He has hired 2 murderers to kill Banquo and his son 

Act 2 Scene Summaries

Act 2

scene one: 

In this scene Banquo, Fleance and Macbeth are all awake at Macbeth’s castle after 12am at night because they all cannot sleep. They both say they are happy to talk more about the Witches and what they said to them, they both don’t mind when. Lying to each other, they are polite but underneath they do not trust each other.  Later on Macbeth is by himself and has a big soliloquy where he says he can see a dagger.  He cannot touch it and his other senses cannot detect it so he is not sure whether what he is seeing is real and it is a sign or it is a figment of his imagination. 

“There’s a husbandry in heaven; Their candles are all out”



scene two: 

Lady Macbeth drugged Duncans guards. Macbeth has killed Duncan but feels very guilty about it. He could not say “Amen” and he could not go back and put blood on the servants to frame them so Lady Macbeth says she will do it instead. 

“Still it cried, “Sleep no more!” to all the house. Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.”

 “My hands are of your color, but I shame To wear a heart so white”


scene three: 

The Porter and Macduff located in a courtyard in the castle, go to wake Duncan but instead find that he is dead.  Everyone else in the castle comes to see and they also discover the guards hands are covered with blood and that the dagger is beside them. Lady Macbeth acts like this is the first she’s heard of it and faints. Macbeth then goes to kill the guards before they wake up. Some of the men are suspicious that it was not the guards that killed him.

“T is not for you to hear what I can speak: The repetition, in a woman’s ear, would murder as it fell. ”

“Question this bloody piece of work”


scene four:

In this scene Duncan’s death is talked about between an old man, Rosse and Macduff. Rosse says that it was definitely the servants that Macbeth kill were the ones that murdered Duncan. He says they did it because the servants were paid by Duncans sons; Malcom and Donalbain. They are prime suspects because they also just fled.

“Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,
Threatens his bloody stage.”

Macbeth Language Techniques

Point:   In Act 1, scene 5 Shakespeare introduces Lady Macbeth as a strong minded woman, rare of the time. The language Shakespeare uses is very unusual but overall it gives the impression that Lady Macbeth thinks she is stronger than Macbeth and that she can firmly influence him or even brainwash him to do what she wants.

Evidence:   “And chastise with the valour of my tongue…” – Lady Macbeth

Explanation:  This quote Shakespeare uses expresses how Lady Macbeth is thinking regarding her present situation and what she will do about it. She desperately wants her husband to become King and herself to become Queen but in the society her character was created in, killing the King as a woman simply cannot be done, so she has to convince Macbeth to do it. That is what Lady Macbeth is says in this quote; “And chastise with the valour of my tongue…”. The phrase communicates that Lady Macbeth will talk him into doing what she wants: committing treason, but the choice of words is very interesting. Chastise is to discipline someone, especially by corporal punishment, valour means boldness or determination in facing great danger such as in war, and ‘my tongue’ is referring to what she says of course; not her literal tongue. As Macbeth’s wife one would assume she would not ‘discipline him physically’ and by using the word ‘valour’ it suggests what she is doing is quite courageous. The way Shakespeare has written this creates a lot of questions such as, ‘ is she actually going to harm Macbeth physically? ‘ , ‘ is she the dominant person in the relationship?’ ,  ‘how dangerous is what she is doing?’, ‘will what she is doing cause a war?’. Regardless of how these questions will be answered, the language choice gives the audience more information about Lady Macbeth’s character (she is very strong minded) and there is more suspense for what will happen in the following scenes. Word choices such as these enhance the text so much because it adds another dimension to reading or seeing the play. It is one of the many techniques the Shakespeare uses that has made his work so captivating.

Macbeth Scene Summaries

Act 1

scene one:

Three witches in a desert place where they plan to meet again after the battle. They plan to meet Macbeth upon the heath

“When the hurlyburly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won”

“Fair is foul and foul is fair”



scene two:

In this scene we are introduced to the King of Scotland, Duncan and we learn more about the war between Scotland and Norway from an injured soldier. The soldier describes brave Macbeth killing Macdonwald and Scotland winning the war.

“… As two spent swimmers, that do cling on together…”



scene three:

Macbeth and Banquio meet the three witches at the heath. The are told of their future: Macbeth will become Thain of Glamis, Thain of Cawdor and King while Banquio’s children will become king. Macbeth and Banquio do not know if these predictions are true or not. Macbeth believes the witches because later on in the scene he is told that he is now Thain of Cawdor, but Banquio is not sure about the witches predictions.

“The Thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me in borrowed robes?”




scene four:

The previous Thane of Cawdor’s execution is stated and Macbeth promises his loyalty and commitment for his new role as the Thane of Cawdor to King Duncan, but all the while contemplating killing him.

“…by doing everything safe toward your love and honour.” – Lie from Macbeth

“Stars, hide your fires! Let not see my black and deep desires…”

“Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”


scene five:

Lady Macbeth is introduced. She is educated about the events in the last 4 scenes from a letter written by Macbeth. She learns the situation regarding Macbeth becoming king and goes on to talk about Macbeth’s kindness. She does not think Macbeth could kill him so she is wishing she would become evil and have no conscience so she could kill Duncan herself.

Lady Macbeth’s speech conveys her nature and her plans. It shows she is a very strong minded woman and thinks for herself which is very rare of this time. Without input from her husband she starts devising a plan to kill the King of Scotland. This shows she must be greedy in order to go to such far measures to become Queen and her husband King.

“Yet do I fear thy nature: it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness”

“…And fill  me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty”

“…Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.”


scene six:

This scene occurs outside of Macbeth’s castle where Lady Macbeth welcomes her guests; King Duncan and Banquo.

“See, see, our honoured hostess”


scene seven: 


In situations where people want to be liked they copy the other persons body language and texting style.

  • Change language, body language, punctuation, use of emojis

Everyone needs to be liked. By a boss, by a teacher. We need to be liked for our overall wellbeing, because people are social creatures.  People like and connect with people who are similar to them, subconsciously we already know this.  We subtly mirror the other persons facial expressions and body language, which gives the impression that we understand them and feel the same as them. There has been countless studies proving this. But we are in a new age now. We don’t always communicate face to face, we communicate over the phone, email, texts, messenger, instagram, snapchat… In these new ways of communicating we can’t easily use our face and body to relate to people, instead we use punctuation and emojis. Thought this text I will investigate if people copy each others punctuation and emoji use, just like how we copy each others body language.

Emojis. They are a revolutionary invention when it comes to texting but it’s almost a statement to send one. When an emoji is sent it further conveys how a person is feeling like body language does in real life. When you send one back it communicates that you are on the same page. This is seen in Abigail and Annika’s text conversation that was posted on Abigail’s online journal ; Annika: ‘Oh man’ , Abigail: ‘(tongue out emoji),  Annika: ‘Morning (smilie face)_ still ready for me at 8:15?’. In this conversation previously there had been no emojis used but Abigail uses one and then so does Annika. Of course this could have been because they both especially wanted to communicate their emotions in these two text messages, and just a coincidence that they were consecutive.  But, it is also very possible Annika only added an emoji in her next text in response to Abigail’s emoji to show that she still likes her and feels the same she does.  To further my point in Annika and Abigail’s conversation there were many occasions Annika could have used and emoji such as when she texts ‘Yay!’ (a happy face would be suitable after this statement) or ‘R u on the bus’ (a confused face would fit this question well). Annika only uses an emoji after Abigail does. This happens again after four messages back and forth when Abigail texts: ‘Yumm!!! Ur cakes are the best (two tongue out emojis)  and Annika texts: ‘(smilie face emoji)’. This evidence confirms we do copy other people’s texting style like we copy each others body language.

Text Transcript

Me: Hoi (unusual spelling) Persia, how r u (homophone/logograms)?

Persia: hewoooo im (no punctuation because of speed and the other person in the conversation understands) good how r u?

Me: Good thanks! how’s ur (abbreviation) yr (abbreviation)11 going?

Persia: pretty (no capital because the start of the sentence is already obvious) awesome so far hby (initialism) ?

Me: same except i feel so dumb in maths. It’s so DIFFICULT (capital letters to indicate raised voice)  😥 (emoticons)

Persia: :laughing faces: If you feel dumb how do you think I feel?? :laughing face:

Me: ur smarter than me so good probs :smilie face:


Me: It’s crazy aye! Last year they were like 1/4 = 25% and this year they’re making us answer 500 word questions!!!!!! not ok!

Persia: PREACHHHH :praying hands: It stinks like our teacher gives us 5 pages each night and it’s so boringggggg 

Me: Same!!!! we have 10 flipping booklets to do! :frustrated face:

Persia: Oml (Initialism) fun fun




Transcript 2

Sammy: yea we went to his office and there was like 12 of us

Zelda: really?

jaimee: what did you do though?

sammy: is was like, kinda like one person who did all the talking

libby: who was it?

Zelda: haha everyone else was just backing them up

sammy: yea it was ruby

jaimee: ruby burke?

sammy: yep, and everyone else in there like hmmm and she was like talking and making her wee points

Zelda: yea, do you reckon like they will actually change anything.

sammy: i don’t know, because he was like well… her classes got good grades, i was mmm cause they went to kip

Everyone: hahahahahaha

Zelda: riiiiiiight

sammy: i know.



“Oh fanks for answering geeza ya know wot I mean.”

“Gimmie that, where you been fool, makin us rinse out our credit leaving you messages and that.”

“Mr Door is well on the warpath with you bruv yea.”

“Cause of the bag and that?”

“Wot bag? Cause you missed the lesson you chief”

“Gimmie dat the bag wont a problem, Teggsy never mentioned it, he bottled it. Aye you comin over ma lata to play computa.”

“Na man, I’m at home now, I got bisness, I gotta run.”

“Wot bisness?”

“Bisness that mines it’s own. I’m out”

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