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How does Macbeth arouse the murderers?Macbeth act3

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mani12345 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 18, 2008 at 8:47 AM via web

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How does Macbeth arouse the murderers?

Macbeth act3

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 18, 2008 at 10:04 AM (Answer #2)

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Macbeth uses the same tactics that his wife used on him to convince him to murder Duncan.  He questions the manhood of the murders.  He asks them if they are men? They reply yes, but Macbeth goes on to say: 

"Ay, In the catalogue ye go tor men;
As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels,
curs,
Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves, are clept
All by the name of dogs: the valu'd file
Distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle,
The housekeeper, the hunter, every one
According to the gift which bounteous nature
Hath in him clos'd; whereby he does receive
Particular addition, from the bill
That writes them all alike: and so of men.

"Now, if you have a station in the file,
Not i' the worst rank of manhood, say it;
And I will put that business in your bosoms,
Whose execution takes your enemy off,
Grapples you to the heart and love of us,
Who wear our health but sickly in his life,
Which in his death were perfect".

He also makes it clear that he would appreciate their taking on this task.

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted May 18, 2008 at 9:36 AM (Answer #1)

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In scene 1 of act 3, Macbeth hires two men to kill both Banquo and his son, Fleance. Macbeth selected these two men seemingly because they are unhappy with and angry about their position in life. He is able to use their discontent to his advantage saying,

"this I made good to you
In our last conference, pass'd in probation with you
How you were borne in hand, how cross'd, the instruments,
Who wrought with them, and all things else that might
To half a soul and to a notion craz'd
Say, 'Thus did Banquo.'"

Basically, Macbeth is convincing the murderers that their terrible lives are Banquo's fault and thus, Banquo deserves to be killed. Macbeth successfully manipulates these men, who agree that Banquo is their enemy and it is their job to murder him.

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zephyrartsgt | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:04 AM (Answer #3)

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In scene 1 of act 3, Macbeth hires two men to kill both Banquo and his son, Fleance. Macbeth selected these two men seemingly because they are unhappy with and angry about their position in life. He is able to use their discontent to his advantage saying,

"this I made good to you
In our last conference, pass'd in probation with you
How you were borne in hand, how cross'd, the instruments,
Who wrought with them, and all things else that might
To half a soul and to a notion craz'd
Say, 'Thus did Banquo.'"

Basically, Macbeth is convincing the murderers that their terrible lives are Banquo's fault and thus, Banquo deserves to be killed. Macbeth successfully manipulates these men, who agree that Banquo is their enemy and it is their job to murder him.

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hally529 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM (Answer #4)

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i do not know!!!!!

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