Act 4 Macbeth SG

Discuss the irony of the witches’ statement that “Something wicked this waycomes.” The irony of the witches statement is that Macbeth’s level of insanity and greed has come to witches (being the wicked ones) calling him wicked.
What further evidence is there in this scene that Macbeth has become totally wicked? Further evidence that Macbeth has become totally wicked is that Macbeth keeps demanding the witches for more prophecies, yet he is unhappy with them and demands them to change them. Additionally, he continues his bloody trail of murder by killing people “just to be safe” such as “Then live Macduff; what need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live…”
Summarize the three prophecies that the apparitions give Macbeth. How does hereact to them? The three prophecies are an armed head, a bloody child, and a child crowned with a tree in his hand. With the armed head, it means that Macbeth needs to beware of Macduff and he was very confused and he did not think he would have to be aware of someone he thought his friend, so he said he would kill him just in case. With the bloody child, it means that no man born from a woman can hurt him and Macbeth thinks basically no one can hurt him since every man is born from a woman. With the child crowned with a tree in his hand it symbolizes that Macbeth will not be defeated until the forest does, so Macbeth believes a forest cannot move therefore he thinks that the prophecies are not going to hurt him. Until he asks for one more thing, to see if Banquo’s children will still take over the throne after him, so the witches show him a line of eight kings with one holding a glass, reflecting many other kings standing with Banquo’s ghost, indicating that Banquo’s kids will be kings, which made Macbeth feel extremely angry and threatened.
Do you think that Macduff was justified in leaving his family in Scotland? Explain. Macduff was not justified in leaving his family in Scotland because although he was scared for his life, he was not considerate of his family’s life. He just left them in the first place the murderers would look for him, rather than putting them in safety and fleeing for his life. He also could have planned with his family what to do.
In what ways does the murder of Macduff’s family differ from Macbeth’sprevious murders? One difference between the murder of Macduff’s family vs Macbeth’s previous murders is in the previous murder, Macbeth only killed the father (Duncan and Banquo) while their children fled. While killing Macduff’s family, the father and mother fled, while the son got killed. Additionally, it seems as if the murder was a lot less clean and more unsuccessful, because there was less motivation for the murderers.
How does Malcolm test Macduff’s loyalty? Malcolm tests Macduff’s loyalty by falsely describing himself as being greedy and unfit for kingdomship so he could see if Macduff believes him or not to me kinng. He wanted to make sure he could trust Macduff with his plans to be king and overthrow Macbeth.
This action by Malcolm serves to contrast him with his father. How? Duncan is overly trusting and Malcolm doesn’t trust people so easily. Duncan has poor judge in character and trusted the murderer Macbeth while Malcolm didn’t trust Macduff or anyone that Macbeth had sent to try and bring him back to Scotland.
What lines in the scene reinforce the notion that Macduff will be Macbeth’s Nemesis? When Macduff says “Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself within my swords length set him…Macbeth is ripe for shaking and the powers above put on their instruments” Macduff plans on killing him.

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