Earle English Macbeth Acts 1 & 2

Duncan King of Scotland-a popular and honored kingRepresentative of God on Earth, ruling by divine right He symbolizes order, grace and humility
Malcolm Son of Duncan -fearful of implications from his father’s death, he flees Scotland to go to England
Macduff Hero and human being. Equated with a figure of Christ (Act 2, scene 3-before he goes to Heaven, he releases the souls of the damned from hell) and he discovers Duncan, the King of Scotland’s body
Porter gatekeeper and commentator-opens the door at Macbeth’s castlebrings humor , at Macbeth’s castle imagines himself opening and closing the gates of the damnedprovides comic relief after Duncan is killed-this scene is a major turning point in the play
Macbeth A captain in Duncan’s army -three witches predict he will one day be king of Scotland
Lady Macbeth The devilish wife of Macbeth
the Weird Sisters (as a group)
Donalbain
Ross
Banquo A general in King Duncan’s army -a fellow-captain and companion of Macbeth
Fleance Banquo’s son
Old Man
Lennox
What is the setting? 1.1A foggy open place in Scotland with thunder and lightning-dramatic and mysterious
What is the purpose of the first scene? 1.1Developing a plan to meet Macbeth
What is a heath? 1.1an area of open uncultivated land
How does Macbeth behave in in battle? 1.2
Quotation:When shall we three meet againIn thunder, lightning, or in rain?When the hurly-burly’s done,When the battle’s lost and wonI come GraymalkingPaddock callsAnonFair is foul and foul is fairHover through the fog and filthy air. 1.1Speaker: Weird sisters (the Witches)Quotation analysis: they call out familiar things, creepy
QuotationallFair is foul, and foul is fairHover through the fog and filthy air 1.1Speaker: The weird sisters (the Witches)Quotation analysisthe witches don’t want you to trust anythingIn the fog, you can’t tell what’s there and are the withes even there
Quotation:A. Say to the King the knowledge of the broil As thou didst leave itB. Doubtful it stood,As two spent swimmers that do cling together and choke their art Quotation Speaker:A MalcolmB. CaptainQuotation Analysis:Glorifying violence
Quotation:What bloody man is that? He can report , as seemeth by his plight of the revolt the newest state Quotation Speaker:DuncanAnalysis: Is the king letting everyone fight for him-the king should be fighting and bloody
Quotation: And Fortune, on his damned quarrel smilingShow’d like a rebel’s *****. But all’s too weak,For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)Disdaining Forutne, with his brandshed steel, which smoked with bloody execution Speaker:CAPTAINAnalysis: Captain is saying that Macbeth should have died in the battle, but he was stronger than his fate
Quotation:For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), Disdaining fortune with his brandish’d steel, which smoked with bloody execution, Like valor’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave, which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops, and fixed his head upon our battelments Speaker: CAPTAINAnalysis:Macbeth is disemboweled and beheaded someone-they are in a violent culture
How does Macbeth behave in the battle? 1.2He’s brave and courageous and he saves the battle from going South
How does King Duncan view this behavior? 1.2He’s fighting for his country well and rewards him with the Title Thane of Cawdor
How does the battle end? 1.2The Scottish win and the The Thane of Cawdor gets executed
What pronouncement does Duncan make at the end of the scene? 1.2Duncan proclaims the traitorous Thane of Cawdor will be executed and Macbeth responsible for the victory will have his title.
Who is sentenced to death? 1.2The Thane of Cawdor
What adjectives characterize Macbeth at this point in the play? 1.2courageous, strong, established, good fighter
What do the witches predict for Macbeth?
What do the witches predict for Banquo?
How does Macbeth feel?
How does Banquo feel?
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