Act 1 Questions Macbeth

What atmosphere is established in Scene 1? spookygloomyforebodingmysteriousnatural order being invertedThere is thunder and lightening
How does Banquo describe the Witches when he first sees them upon the heath? Manly looking, alien looking, ugly, strangeHe says they are withered-looking and crazy lookingThey have gruesome fingers laying upon their skinny lipsThat they should be women, but their beards make them appear like they aren’t
Macbeth is reported to be a valiant soldier in Act I. The line, “Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’chops / And fixed his head upon our battlements”, paints a different Macbeth. What can you infer from that line? You can infer that he’s a violent soldierHe decapitated him and hung his head
In Scene 1 the Witches say, “Foul is fair and fair is foul.” Which characters do you consider fair or foul? Fair: Macbeth, Banquo (brave hero soldiers)Fowl: witches
Why do you think Shakespeare opened Scene 3 with the Witches discussing an evil deed they have committed? To introduce the background to the situationPortray their evil nature
What prophecies do the Witches make for Macbeth and Banquo? Macbeth:Thane of glamis (already this)Thane of cawdor (past one betrayed – was executed – macbeth will take his title)The kingBanquo:Lesser than Macbeth and greater Won’t be king, but will be a better manLess “fortunate” but happierHe will not be king but his descends will be
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says of Macbeth, “Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way”? She means that she worries that he may not have what it takes to be kingHe is full of human kindness But he will strike aggressively at his first opportunity to become king
Macbeth is having second thoughts about killing Duncan. What are the reasons he gives? Based on these reasons what does he decide? He has a guilty conscience but as well feels the need to kill himIf he commits a violent crime then he is teaching others to do soThe king trusts him- he is his kinsman and subject’Duncan is a humble leader and his murder would be an injustice; he doesn’t want to upset the peopleThe only thing motivating him is his ambition
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says, “Was hope drunk / Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? / And wakes it now to look so green and pale”? He was confident in killing him before and now he’s giving upHe “woke up” afraid and chickened out
What decision does Macbeth make at the end of Act I? What has Lady Macbeth said to influence his decision? He decides to kill the kingShe implies that he lacks courage and bravery if he doesn’t kill him

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