What do Macbeth's arguments to persuade the murderers to kill Banquo show about the changes in Macbeth's character?
A. He has become afraid that something will happen to his friends and members of his family.
B. He has become more comfortable using manipulation and murder to retain the crown.
C. He has become weaker and more afraid to take action without first consulting his wife.
D. He has become confident that his actions have been approved by his fellow countrymen.
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First of all: Macbeth decides to kill Banquo and Fleance because the witches prophesied that while Macbeth himself would be king, it was the descendents of Banquo that would be kings down the line. In other words, the kingship won't stay in Macbeth's line with his kids being kings after him. To remedy this, Macbeth decides to have Banquo and his son killed so they can't take the kingship from him.
Unlike the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth has NO part in the murder of Banquo, which is very important. Before this point, it was she who persuaded Macbeth to kill, but now Macbeth is stepping out on his own and making decisions. He even tells her "Be innocent of the knowledge till thou applaud the deed"; in other words, he even kept the plans for the murder a secret from her until it was over and done with.
The quote, "I am in blood, stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go'oer" is, like Banquo's murder, a pivotal moment for Macbeth. What he's saying is that he's done so much and killed so many people that he might as well keep killing. The metaphor he's using is him standing in the middle of a huge puddle of blood, saying, "Shoot, I might as well go ahead and do what I've got to do because I can't turn around and go back."
This is hugely important to his character because in Acts I and II, he felt sooo guilty over killing Duncan that he could barely do it. This is showing his moral development - decline!- because he is no longer feeling guilty for what he's done; he's set on being king and gaining power.
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HECATE. Have I not reason, beldams as you are,
Saucy and overbold? How did you dare
To trade and traffic with Macbeth
In riddles and affairs of death,
And I, the mistress of your charms,
The close contriver of all harms,
Was never called to bear my part,
Or show the glory of our art?
William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act III, scene v
What makes Hecate's speech stand out from the speech of other characters?
A. She speaks in an aside to the audience.
B. She sings instead of speaking.
C. She speaks in iambic pentameter.
D. She speaks in rhyme.