Shakespeare never reveals the identity of the 3rd murderer. Who do you think he or she might
be? Write an essay supporting your theory. Build a case using details from the play. Use the process of
elimination to exonerate some of the other characters. Remember the 3rd murderer could have been sent by someone-even
the witches-for a specific reason. Make sure your theory has no gaps.
We believe the third murderer was Macbeth himself. He was responsible for the deaths of many
people through out the play. Macbeth also tells Lady Macbeth that he is going out to see why Macduff didn't attend the
banquet and hints that he may have to shed more blood. Macbeth is known to be a good actor. We think that he was in
disguise, that is why the other two murderers didn't know who he was. He is also a very paranoid person who would not
have intentionally let Fleance go.
Lady Macbeth couldn't have been the third murderer because Macbeth refused to tell her that he was
arranging the murder of Banquo. She is also at the castle at the time of the murder meeting with guest. She would
not have had time to enter the woods, clean herself, and make it back in time. Wed do not believe that Ross or Macduff
were the third murderers either. Ross was at the dinner waiting for Banquo to arrive while Macduff was in England.