Act III Favorites

Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act III of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

“Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren scepter in my gripe.” (Act III, Scene I, Line 65-66)

This was said by Macbeth during his rant about Banquo. I found this image is quite incredible and creative. The fruitless crown and barren scepter are metaphors representing his discontinuous lineage of kingship. The word “they” probably refers to the witches who informed him of his fate. I considered the disappointment Macbeth must have felt when he first heard that Banquo’s sons will be kings, and it must have been quite disappointing. Its just like saying, “We’re going to give you something but you can’t keep it for long.”

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~ by justincascante on March 7, 2010.

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