Macbeth

Translate “Fair is foul and foul is fair.” Bad is good and good is bad.
The witches prophecies for Macbeth are…(3 things) Thane of Glaims, Thane of Cawdor, and King
Who is “lesser than Macbeth but greater?” Banquo
Translate “And oftentimes to win us to our harm. The instruments of darkness tell us truths. Win us w/ honest trifles, to betray us in deepest consequences.” The agents of evil often tell us part of the truth in order to lead us to our destruction. Earn our trust with little things and betray us.
Who is in control of the action at the end of Act I? Lady Macbeth
The Macbeth’s plan for the murder is… Get the servants drunk, take their daggers, kill the king, and frame the servants
The Porter’s speech is in the play for what reason? Comic relief – it is supposed to be funny
Translate “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” There is no way to read a man’s mind by looking at his face.
Who walks in after Duncan says “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” and why is this important? Macbeth and it is important because if he could read his mind, he would know that Macbeth is thinking of murdering him. (situational irony)
Translate “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desire.” Act normal so no one can see your deep desires.
How does Lady Macbeth learn of the witches prophecies? Macbeth writes her a letter
How does Lady Macbeth react to learning of the witches prophecies? She starts thinking of ways she can speed up the process aka murdering the king which shows that she is greedy and ruthless.
Translate, “Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth worries that Macbeth is too kind to seize the crown but he should act normal but when it’s time to strike, strike.
What are Macbeth’s 3 reasons for not wanting to kill Duncan? judged by God, host of castle, protect the king (loyal)
How does Lady Macbeth convince Macbeth to kill Duncan? She says if he does what she tells him, he will be fine. And she questions his manhood.
Lady Macbeth says she would have killed Duncan herself. What reason does she give for not killing him? He would not be a good king, taking away his manhood and confidence
After the murder, what is it that Macbeth cannot repeat? “Amen”
Why can’t Macbeth repeat “Amen”? Because he feels ashamed and guilty of the sin he has committed.
Who is the first to find Duncan’s body? Macduff
Who is the Prince of Cumberland? (Be Specific) Malcolm (son of Duncan)
How does Macbeth feel about the murder immediately after he commits it? he immediately feels guilty
How is the setting of Act II important to the events that take place in this act? It is dark and gloomy – he kills Duncan at night. Also, he should feel safe and comfortable in his own castle but he does not.
What are Banquo’s “cursed thoughts”? He knows the prophecies so he starts to think Macbeth might do something bad for them to come true.
Translate “Glaims hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more.” Macbeth won’t be able to sleep peacefully anymore because the guilt won’t let him
What 2 really dumb things does Macbeth do that COULD have lead to him being caught? Doesn’t wash the blood off his hands and brings the daggers out with him. He also admits to killing the servants.
What 2 really smart things does Lady Macbeth do to cover for her husband? Covers the guards and places the daggers.
What are Malcolm and Donalbain’s ideas about their father’s murderer? They decide to flee in different directions because they fear for their lives.
What is ironic about Macduff saying to Lady Macbeth “O gentle lady, tis not for you to hear what I can speak: The repetition in a woman’s ear, Would murder as it fell.” after discovering Duncan’s body? she helped kill the king, she planned it all and she was the main contributor

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