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What is the dramatic purpose of Act 3 Scene 6 in Macbeth?

Last Updated: 18th May, 2020

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Summary: Act 3, scene 6
Nevertheless, both men suspect Macbeth, whomtheycall a “tyrant,” in the murders of Duncan andBanquo.The lord tells Lennox that Macduff has gone to England,where hewill join Malcolm in pleading with England's King Edwardfor aid.News of these plots has prompted Macbeth to prepareforwar.

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Also asked, what is the purpose of Lennox's speech in Scene Six?

Its lines are full of pauses, half-spoken thoughts,andfragments of reported speech. Its functionistwofold: first to convince the audience of Lennox'srealthoughts about Macbeth.

Furthermore, what is the dramatic irony in Macbeth Act 3? Dramatic irony occurs when the audience isawareof something that is happening unlike the maincharacters/actorswho are oblivious to such information. In Act3, Scene 1,Banquo suspects that Macbeth is responsiblefor the murderof Duncan given the fact that the first part of thewitches'prediction came true.

Besides, what is the purpose of Act 5 Scene 6 in Macbeth?

In the country near Birnam Wood, Malcolm talks withtheEnglish lord Siward and his officers about Macbeth's plantodefend the fortified castle. They decide that each soldiershouldcut down a bough of the forest and carry it in front of himas theymarch to the castle, thereby disguising theirnumbers.

Was Macbeth pitied?

In his opening twenty lines, Lennox, with greatirony,recounts Macbeth's crimes. To paraphrase Lennox:"Macbethpitied Duncan but -- by the Virgin Mary! -- he wasdead{implying that Macbeth pitied Duncan only after hewasdead}.

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