Macbeth

What does Duncan call Macbeth when he hears Macbeth has defeated Macdonwald? “Oh valient cousin, worthy gentleman.”
Who is sentenced to death? Thank of Cawdor
What do the witches predict in act 1 scene 3 for Macbeth? for Banquo? Macbeth- shall be Thane of Cawdor, and king! Banquo- children shall be kings
What news does Ross bring Macbeth? That he is now Thane of Cawdor
Banquo, like Macbeth, is surprised that the witches have predicted Macbeth’s new title. He is however leery. What does he say about the motives of the “instruments of darkness”? that they tell him truths, win us in honest trifles, to betray us in deepest consequence.
Macbeth says,” Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires.” What are Macbeth’s desires? Macbeth desires to become king.
After Lady Macbeth reads the letter, what does she tell us is her opinion of Macbeth, and how does she plan to help him? She thinks Macbeth could be a good king, but he lacks the hardheartedness which would allow him to get the position. She’ll talk him into it.
What is Lady Macbeth’s “prayer” to the spirits after she learns Duncan is coming? She wants to be filled with cruelty and be able to do what has to be done to make Macbeth king.
What advice does Lady Macbeth give Macbeth when he arrives home? Look innocent, but be a serpeant underneath. for she will kill him.
What are Macbeth’s arguments to himself against killing Duncan? That Duncan is a good popular king. His death would bring remorse upon Scotland
What arguments does Lady Macbeth use to convince Macbeth to commit the murder? She would kill her own child to have the plan succeed
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan? While DUncan is sleeping she will get his 2 chamberlains drunk. Use there daggers to kill Duncan while they sleep. Then place the bloody daggers back with the men.
What is Macbeth’s lie to Banquo about the witches’ predictions? He says he thinks nothing of them
What excuse does Lady Macbeth give for not killing Duncan herself? He looked like her father sleeping there
Then, Macbeth is worried about hearing a vioce saying,”Macbeth does murder sleep.” What does Lady Macbeth then tell him to do? wash his hands and forget about it
Why won’t Macbeth take the daggers back to the scene of the crime? He is afraid to think of what he’s done.
Who was knocking? Macduff and Lennox
What three things does drinking provoke? nose-painting, sleep, and urine
How does Lennox describe the night, and what is Macbeth’s response? Lennox said it was a terrible night predicting terrible things to come. Macbeth responds, “rough night”
What did Macduff discover? King Duncan was murdered.
Macduff says,”Oh, gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition, in a women’s ear, Would murder as it fell. ” What is ironic about this? She helped kill Duncan.
What excuse or explanation did Macbeth give for killing the guards? What is his real reason? He did it out of pain and rage, but he actually wanted to be rid of any witnesses to the murder.
Why do Malcolm and Donalbain leave? they fear the king’s murderer will be after them
Why does Ross not believe Malcolm and Donalbain were responsible for Duncan’s murder? He says it is against nature. Malcolm would have stayed because he was the kings sucessor.
Why does Macbeth want Banquo and Fleance dead? He knows they suspect him of foul play, and he is furious that he has done all of the work of becoming king, and Banquo’s descendants will benefit from it.
What is Macbeth’s plan for killing Banquo and Fleance? DOes it work? He gets two convicted murderers to wait along the road to ambush them. The murderers kill Banquo, but Fleance escapes.
Macbeth says,”The worm that’s fled Hath nature that in time will venom breed, No teeth for the present.” What does that mean? Fleance will be a problem in the future, but for now Macbeth can let him go.
Who did Macbeth see at the banquet table? The Ghost of Banquo
How does Lady Macbeth cover for Macbeth at the banquet? What excuses does she give for his wild talk? She tells them that he often has fits. When he gets out of hand she sends the guests home.
Macbeth says, “I am in blood Stepped in so far that should i wader no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” WHat does he mean? There is no going back now.
What does Hecate want the witches to do? to continue to feed macbeth the visions of maddness to give him false impressions
Witch 2 says, ” By the pricking of my thumb, Something wicked this way comes.” Who comes? Macbeth
What four things did the witches show Macbeth? What does each show/say? What is Macbeth’s reaction? They showed him an armed head, a bloody child, a crowned child with a tree in its hand, eight kings followed by Banquo’s ghost. Respectively, they told Macbeth to beware of Macduff, that he would not be harmed by anyone until Birnam Wood would come to Dunsinane.
Macbeth says(about the witches), ” Infected be the air whereon they ride, And damned all those that trust them!” What is Macbeth, in effect, saying about himself? He is damned.
Where is Macduff? In England helping Malcolm.
Why does Macbeth have Macduff’s family and servants killed? Macduff is not loyal to Macbeth, Macbeth is angry.
Why does Lady Macduff’s son say liars and sweares are fools? since there are a lot more than honest people.
Malcolm says, “Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet grace must still look so.” What does that mean? The devil was, of course, at one time the brightest angel. The point is that things aren’t what they seem.
Macduff says, “Oh, Scotland, Scotland!” Why? Malcolm believes he would make a bad king, and Macduff fears for his country.
What news does Ross bring to Macduff? Ross tells Macduff his family has been murdered.
What do the doctor and gentle woman see Lady Macbeth doing? What do they decide to do about it? Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking. They decide not to mention anything, but to watch her.
What trick does Malcolm use to hide the number of men in his army? He has men cut off branches and use them as camouflauge
Malcolm says, “And none serve with him but constrained things Whose hearts are absent, too.” What does that mean? Macbeth’s armies are there in body only, not in spirit, and there should not be any serious opposition.
What is Macbth’s reaction to the news that Birnam Wood is moving? He takes it very calmly, saying she would have died sooner or later, anyway.
What is Macbeth’s reaction to the news that Birnam Wood is moving? “Arm, arm, and out!” He’s going to fight to the bitter end and take down the whole universe with him, if necessary.
Who first fights Macbeth? What happens? Siward fights Macbeth and dies.
Macbeth says to Macduff, “But get thee back, my soul is too much charged With blood of thine already.” To what is he referring? Macbeth doesn’t want to fight Macduff; he has already killed Macduff’s family.
When does Macbeth know he’s in trouble? when Macduff tells him he was taken from his mother’s wombinstead of being “born of woman.”
How does Macbeth die? Macduff kills him.
Who will be King of Scotland? Malcolm
Unrhymed verse most frequently used in English dramatic, epic, and reflective verse blank verse
Irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play. dramatic irony
Aplay on words pun
a work in which the protagonist, a person of high degree is engagedin a significant stuggle and which ends in ruin trajedy
a literary hero who has a fatal flaw that combined with fate and external forces results in a tragedy trajig hero
a flaw in a character or error in judgement, which leads to their downfall hamartia
overbearing pride or arrogance hubris
a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a hero figure, traits such as idealism or courage. anti-hero

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