Macbeth

Historical thriller a psychological study of the murderers minda play of political and social realisma play of illusiona play of ideas or rhymesa play about gendera tragedy What are the many meanings of Macbeth
False, Shakespeare was not a historian True or false? Shakespeare was a playwright and a historian
Shakespeare knew that history provided great material for plays such as war, conflict, ambition, and the downfall of great rulers How did history influence Shakespeare’s work?
Scotland was a violent troubled country where feuding families and clans fought to control trade and territory. The castle was the power base of each rival warlord and political murder and revenge killings were commonplace. What was going on during 11th century Ireland?
Yes Were king Duncan and MacBeth real?
The real Macbeth was born in 1005, as the son of a ruling family When was the real Macbeth born?
The real MacBeth’s father was murdered by his cousin What happened to the real Macbeth’s father?
The real MacBeth married the granddaughter of the high King of Scotland (Gruach) Who did the real Macbeth marry?
The real king Duncan was the king of Scotland at the time the real Macbeth was born When was the real king Duncan the king of Scotland?
The real Duncan was 38 at the time of his death. He was murdered and the murder was thought to be committed by the real Macbeth How old was Duncan when he died? How did he die?
MacBeth was elected high king of Scotland in 1040 When was the real Macbeth elected high king of Scotland?
Macbeth ruled Scotland for 17 years, during which time Scotland became comparatively peaceful and stable How long did Macbeth rule Scotland?
Duncan’s son, Malcolm invaded Scotland in 1054, supported by Edward the confessor Who was Duncan’s son and what did he do in the year 1054
The real Macbeth was killed on August 15, 1057, and buried at Iona the sacred burial place of kings of Scotland When was the real Macbeth killed?
The real Macbeth was almost universally loved and respected, while Shakespeare’s MacBeth wasn’t What was the difference between the real Macbeth Shakespeare’s MacBeth?
Macbeth (the play) shares many of the same interests as king James How does Macbeth (the play) contain many echoes of king James VI
A failed assassination attempt against king James. The traitors responsible for the attack were sentenced to death, and this day is still celebrated in England as Guy Fawkes day What was the gunpowder plot of 1605?
Shakespeare weaves references to the gunpowder plot of 1605 into Macbeth How is the gunpowder plot of 1605 related to Macbeth (the play)
The Civil War in Scotland: King Duncan vs. Macdonwald’s rebelsThe national war – Scotland, led by King Duncan, against invading Norway What to wars are in progress when the play begins
The weather plays a huge role in the mood of the characters Why does weather play a huge role in the play?
A desert place where there are not many people and there is thunder and lightning What is the setting of act one scene one
Uncanny and suspenseful. The tone is set by the witches What is the tone of scene one?
The “signifies that right is wrong and wrong is right. The statement is a paradox about appearance vs. reality. What does the quote “fair is foul, and foul is fair” signify
Foreshadowing to show that something bad is going to happen What poetic device is being used in scene one?
The witches are going to meet with Macbeth, when the turmoil is done, upon the heath With whom, when, and where are the witches going to meet?
The king Who is Duncan?
Duncan’s oldest son Who is Malcolm?
Remember: blood is going to be significant
The bloody soldier comes back from the war to report what’s happening. He tells the king that Macdonwald tried to revolt. Macbeth stops him by cutting him in half and then cutting his head off. What did Macdonwald do? How did the king find out?
Macbeth shows his bravery by stopping Macdonwald’s revolt by cutting him in half and beheading him and by teaming up with Banquo to fight off the Norwayan in attackers. How does Macbeth display his bravery in scene two?
Macbeth’s is Duncans kinsman What is Macbeth’s relationship to the king?
They were fighting the Norweyan people because they declared battle Why were Macbeth and Banquo fighting the Norweyan people?
The Thane of Cawdor was working with the Norweyan Lord to assist the attack. He was to be killed for treason Why does King Duncan tell Ross to make sure that the Thanr of Cawdor is killed?
Macbeth Who did the captain say deserved the title of Thane of Cawdor?
The audience learns that the weird sisters are powerful, evil, and vindictive What does the audience know about the weird sisters?
Macbeth was saying that the day is both good because they are winning the battle and bad because of the weather. This is dramatic irony because we know it is because of the witches but Macbeth does not What was Macbeth trying to say in the quote “so foul and a fair a day I have not seen “. How does this display dramatic irony?
Banquo described the witches as withered and wild in their attire, and how they look like they don’t belong on earth. He knew they were women, but their beards didn’t let him see it. How did Banquo describe the witches?
The witches said that McBeth is now the Thane of Glamis, he is about to become Thane of Cawdor, and he will become king in the future What did the witches say about Macbeth in the prophecy?
The witches tell Banquo that he is lesser than Macbeth and greater, not so happy yet much happier, and his descendants will be kings. What do the witches tell Banquo in regards to the prophecy?
Juxtaposition When two words, phrases, images and ideas are placed together or side-by-side for comparison or contrast
Ross said that Thane of Cawdor is the most worthy the title and Macbeth is being bestowed a great honor for being Valiant and strong What “terms” did Ross say accompany the title, Thane of Cawdor?
Banquo thinks that evil lures us by telling the partial truth to lead us to our destruction How does Banquo’s comment support the “fair is foul, foul is fair “theme?
The truth being prologue to the act of the imperial theme is becoming king and how he is Thane of Cawdor and how the prophecy was true What does Macbeth mean in his aside about to truth being prologue to the act of the imperial theme?
That no matter what fate will make him king and he will not have to kill anyone What does this quote mean “come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day”
Flourish What is the name of Duncan’s palace?
Before he was executed he confessed his treason and begged for mercy What did the former Thane of Cawdor do before his execution?
Duncan was upset because he built an absolute trust in him Why was Duncan upset about the former Thane of Cawdor
Duncan is saying to Macbeth that he owes him more than he could ever repay him. (Macbeth replies saying that it is his job to serve the king) Who says this and what do they mean “only I have left to say, more is thy due than more than all can pay”
The King is saying that he will help Macbeth grow with him “Welcome Hither. I have begun to plant thee and will labor to make thee full of growing”
The king announces that Malcolm is prince and is heir to the throne. McBeth reacted by thinking that he might have to kill Malcolm. What announcement does the king make to everyone present and what is Macbeth’s reaction?
The purpose of the letter is from Macbeth to tell lady Macbeth everything that has been going What is the purpose of the letter in the beginning of scene five?
We learned that lady McBeth is power-hungry and she won’t do it ever it takes to get Macbeth to be king What did we learn from Lady Macbeth’s reaction after she read the letter
We learned that Macbeth might not have what it takes to be king because he is not ruthless. She sees his honor as a weakness What did we learn about Macbeth after Lady Macbeth read the letter?
Yes Does lady Macbeth feel that Duncan’s death is the only way for Macbeth to be king
She was excited because she thought that now Duncan’s death can come much faster as she plans to murder him What was that lady Macbeth’s reaction when Macbeth told her that Duncan would be coming over
She asks the spirits to make her more of a man and take away her womanly conscience so she could be powerful, evil, and ruthless What does lady Macbeth say during her soliloquy
Lady Macbeth is the dominant one What does Shakespeare establish in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship
Lady McBeth advice relates to the “fair is foul “theme, because instead of gaining the throne the right way lady Macbeth rather kill the king In what way does lady Macbeth’s advice to Macbeth relate to the fair is foul theme
She is saying that the king will never see sunlight again because she is going to kill him in his sleep What does lady Macbeth mean when she says “O, never shall sun that morrow see!”
Instead of allowing fate to make Macbeth king, Lady Macbeth is going to commit a crime to murder Duncan. The castle was nice outside but no one knows what’s going on inside, and how wrong it is. How does scene six contribute to the fair is foul theme
Duncan feels like a castle has a nice and pleasant atmosphere. It is ironic because Duncan does not know that he’s walking into his death trap. This is dramatic irony How does Duncan feel at the Macbeth estate? Why is this ironic? What kind of irony is it?
Forres What was the name of King Duncan’s palace?
Inverness What is the name of Macbeth’s palace?
McBeth says that he wants the power, but he is tested by the king and must protect him What arguments does Macbeth raise for not going through with the plan?
Macbeth concluded that it was wrong, but his ambition was starting to overcome him. What did Macbeth finally conclude?
Macbeth fears that what goes around comes around What consequences does Macbeth fear if he commits the murder
Lady McBeth start calling him a coward and unworthy and he starts getting defensive as she emasculates him What does lady Macbeth say in an attempt to go to her husband into the murder?
Lady Macbeth uses a baby to display innocence, and how she does not care how helpless anyone is, she will have no mercy when it comes to getting what she wants What is the point of Lady Macbeth baby imagery?
When Macbeth refers to “it”he is talking about the murder “if it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well if it were done quickly” what is “it”?
Macbeth is saying that Duncan is there because he trusts him and his job is to protect the king. He’s not comfortable betraying him What does Macbeth mean when he says Duncan is here “in double trust”? Why does this bother Macbeth
Lady Macbeth says that if Macbeth gains his courage they will not fail What is Lady Macbeth’s answer when Macbeth asks “if they fail”?
The plan is to get Duncan to fall asleep, then get his servants so drunk that he can’t think straight and they pass out. Then they will kill Duncan and blame it on the servants What is the plan?
Macbeth vs. self What is the conflict during Macbeth’s soliloquy
The speaker is Macbeth, he is saying to hide with a pleasant face what you know in your heart is wrong Who says this quote and what does it mean “false face must hide what the false heart doth know”
Betrayal What is the overall theme of act one?
Chalice A large cup or goblet
Chastise Rebuke or reprimand severely (scold)
Compunctious Regretful
Dwindle Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
Harbinger A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another
Implored To beg earnestly or desperately to do something
Ingratitude A discreditable lack of gratitude
Interim The intervening time
Mettle A persons ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way
Minion A follower or underling of a powerful person
Plight A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation
Prophetic Accurately describing are predicting what will happen in the future
Surmise Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm
Trifles A thing of little value or importance
Withered Become dry and shriveled

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