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English - Act three, scene one

Act three, scene one

_This scene contains another soliloquy by Macbeth in which he reveals
his fear of Banquo. He feels that he has given up his soul only to make
Banquo's sons kings and determines to challenge fate so that this does not
happen_

READ ALONG WHILE LISTENING AND SCROLL OVER THE HIGHLIGHTED WORDS

My GENIUS [1] is rebuked as, it is said,
was by Caesar. He ,
When first they put the name of king upon me,
And them speak to him. Then, prophet-like,
They hail'd him father to a line of kings.
Upon my head they placed a ,
And put a in my ,
,
No son of mine succeeding. If it be so,
For Banquo's issue have I my mind,
For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered,
Put rancours in the vessel of my peace,
Only for them; and mine
Given to the ,
To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!
Rather than so, . [2]
!

(Act 3, Sc 1 55-71)

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QUESTIONS:

1. Translate the text into modern day vernacular
2. What does Macbeth decide during this soliloquy?
3. Why does Macbeth choose to make a comparison with Mark Antony?
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In this scene we see Macbeth talking to some men who he persuades to
murder both Banquo and his son, Fleance. Already the audience can see
things beginning to spiral out of control as one murder leads to another
with the murder of Duncan, his grooms and now Banquo and his son. Macbeth's
fate already seems determined to the audience.

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