Macbeth

they are planning to meet again with Macbeth upon the Heath what are the witches planning at the beginning of act 1?
he reports that Macbeth has fought bravely and he’s successfully defeated the enemy; the sergeant wouldve died if it wasnt for him act 1 scene 2: what does the Sergeant report to Duncan (who is the current king) about the battle?
thane of cawdor act 1 scene 2: what title is given to Macbeth for bravery in the battle?
he is a traitor and was sentenced by Duncan to death act 1 scene 2: what happened to the original Thane of Cawdor and why did he lose his title?
thane of glamisthane of cawdorking act 1 scene 3: what titles do the witches greet Macbeth with after the battle?
-Banquo wont be as high in rank as Macbeth, but he’ll be a better person-He will die but his sons will be king-His sons will get the chance to be king but he wont act 1 scene 3: what do the witches mean when they say, “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”?
they tell Macbeth and Banquo that Macbeth will be king act 1 scene 3: what news is brought by Ross and Angus?
they make a promise to tell eachother everything because they dont know if they can believe the witches-Banquo doesnt want them to betray eachother act 1 scene 3: what words of caution does Banquo speak to Macbeth about the witches’ prophecies?
he feels guilty about having thoughts of killing Duncan act 1 scene 3: despite the good fortune foretold to him by the witches, why is Macbeth not feeling so good?
Duncan announces that Malcolm is next in line for the crown act 1 scene 4: what happens that causes Macbeth to realize he will have a major obstacle to becoming king?
-Iverness, which is Macbeth’s original castle-he goes there to warn Lady Macbeth act 1 scene 4: to where has Duncan proclaimed that he shall travel to honor Macbeth? why does Macbeth rush ahead of them to get home?
she knows that her husband is too much of a coward to ever kill Duncan; he has a lack of ambition and will never do it. she also thinks he is too nice and unable to kill someone for his own personal gain act 1 scene 5: after reading Macbeth’s letter, summarize what Lady Macbeth worries will keep her husband from achieving the honors the witches predicted for him
she wishes that she is manly so she can kill Duncan herself act 1 scene 5: after the messenger leaves, summarize what Lady Macbeth wishes for in her soliloquy
Lady Macbeth declares that the King should be murdered act 1 scene 5: upon Macbeth’s arrival and announcement that Duncan will arrive tonight, what does Lady Macbeth declare must be done to the king?
The King comes to Macbeth’s castle to congratulate Macbeth on being crowned Thane of Cawdor, and for doing so well in the war act 1 scene 6: why does the King come to Macbeth’s castle?
Macbeth is uneasy about murdering Duncan:-Duncan is an honorable man and a good king who has been nothing but nice to Macbeth so he doesnt deserve to die-he’ll receive bad karma if he goes through with it-Duncan is his host and subject, so he should be protecting him-Macbeth realizes the only reason he has for killing Duncan is his own ambition to someday become king*Macbeth starts talking to himself and reveals his guilt act 1 scene 7: in his soliloquy, summarize what Macbeth reveals about his feelings for the plan to murder Duncan
she says that she is stronger and more masculine than him, and that she will kill her own child-she also mocks Macbeth and questions his manliness and calls him a coward-she reassures him of the plan and how they are going to get away with it act 1 scene 7: after Macbeth declares he will not go through with the murder plan, how does Lady Macbeth convince him to change his mind?
she tells Macbeth that they will get the guards drunk, kill Duncan while he’s sleeping, frame the guards by putting their daggers and the King’s blood on them to make it seem like they did it; and they’ll act sad and pretend like they have no clue what happened in the morning act 1 scene 7: what details does Lady Macbeth explain to convince Macbeth that her plan cannot fail?
Banquo asks Macbeth if he has thought about the witches, and he lies and says no act 2 scene 1: what does Macbeth ask of Banquo at the beginning of act 2?
he is trying to convince himself that he’s making the right decision, and that he wont get caught-he hallucinates that he saw a bloody dagger, and he is upset that Duncan is going to Heaven act 2 scene 1: summarize what Macbeth explains in his soliloquy
the raven act 2 scene 2: who does Lady Macbeth believe has announced that death is occuring?
he reminds her too much of what her father used to look like when he was sleeping act 2 scene 2: what does Lady Macbeth state stopped her from killing Duncan herself?
-he feels extremely guilty-he proclaims he could not say “Amen” act 2 scene 2: how does Macbeth feel after committing the murder and what does he proclaim he could not do?
he wishes the knocking could wake Duncan up and make him alive again act 2 scene 2: what does Macbeth wish the knocking could do?
-pretends to be the gatekeeper of the gates to Hell-symbolic bc Macbeth thinks he’s going to Hell when he dies, bc he just murdered Duncan act 2 scene 3: what does the Porter pretend to be the gatekeeper of? how is this symbolic?
comic relief to ease the tension of the situation and serve as a break from the tragedy/seriousness act 2 scene 3: based on his response to Macduff’s question about drinking, what other purpose does the Porter seem to serve in this play?
Macduff has the first reaction and he is very upset act 2 scene 3: what is the 1st reaction to the King’s death and who’s is it?
he kills the guards (this wasnt part of the plan)-he says he did it out of anger and love for the king but he really killed them so they wouldnt be able to say that they didnt commit the murder act 2 scene 3: what does Macbeth do to the supposed murderers and why?
she pretends to faint to make herself seem innocent-ironic bc she is actually guilty for the murder act 2 scene 3: what symbolic act does Lady Macbeth pretend and how is it ironic?
they decide to flee bc theyre scared that whoever killed their father will want to kill them now-Malcolm= England-Donalbain= Ireland act 2 scene 3: why do Malcolm and Donalbain decide to flee? where do they decide to go?
-its dark out during the day time-an owl killed a falcon-Duncan’s horses were let loose & they ate eachother-the chimneys blew down act 2 scene 4: what unnatural things do Ross and the Old Man mention have happened since Duncan’s murder?
he tells us that Duncan’s sons have fled and the Kingship is now passed to Macbeth; and that the witches’ prophecies are completed-also says that they dont deserve the crown act 2 scene 4: what does Macduff tell us about the current fortunes of Duncan’s sons and Macbeth?
God’s blessings are with you, and with those that would make a good situation out of a bad one, and make friends out of foes act 2 scene 4: what is the meaning of the line, “God’s benison go with you, and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!”?
Macbeth is afraid that Banquo’s children will take the throne and he wants to prevent that from happening act 3 scene 1: why does Macbeth fear Banquo and want to have him killed?
Macbeth lies and tells them that Banquo is the reason for their downfall, and this makes them want to kill Banquo act 3 scene 1: how does Macbeth persuade the murderers that Banquo is an enemy to them all? How does Macbeth then persuade the murderers that they should kill Banquo?
he tells them that he cant kill his friend-the real reason he hires murderers to kill Banquo is bc he’s already guilty and this would set him over the edge; and hes too much of a coward to do it himself act 3 scene 1: what does Macbeth tell the murderers is the reason that he cant kill Banquo himself? What is the real reason Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo?
Macbeth feels insecure and paranoid that one of his enemies is about to take it away from him act 3 scene 1: at this point, how does Macbeth feel with his new found power?
Macbeth decided that Banquo must be murdered tonight while he and Fleance are on their horses; he decided that Fleance must also be murdered at the same time act 3 scene 1: when and where has Macbeth decided that Banquo must be murdered? Who has Macbeth decided must also be murdered at the same time?
they say they feel unsafe act 3 scene 2: what do Lady Macbeth and Macbeth state about their current standing as king and queen based on what they have done to get it?
Macbeth says he envies Duncan bc he’s sleeping peacefully, while he and Lady Macbeth have been unable to sleep bc of their guilt act 3 scene 2: what does Macbeth say he envies about Duncan?
Macbeth needs darkness-this is symbolic bc he’s becoming dark act 3 scene 2: what symbol does Macbeth use for the tool that will help him carry out his plan of murder?
there are 3 murderers but only 2 were informed of Macbeth’s plans act 3 scene 3: what is unexpected about the murderers that want to kill Banquo and Fleance?
as they kill Banquo, Fleance escapes act 3 scene 3: what happens when the murderers try to kill Banquo and his son?
Macbeth is grateful that Banquo is dead, and he feels awful that Fleance escaped act 3 scene 4: what is Macbeth’s reaction first to the news that Banquo is dead and then to the news that Fleance escaped?
he thinks the table is already full bc Banquo’s ghost is sitting there act 3 scene 4: why doesnt Macbeth sit in the seat reserved for him at the feast?
the ghost increases his paranoia and makes him go insane act 3 scene 4: what does the ghost of Banquo do to Macbeth’s paranoia?
she tells them that his hallucinations are normal, and that they should just ignore them act 3 scene 4: how does Lady Macbeth explain Macbeth’a odd behavior to the guests?
he must have told her about seeing the bloody dagger act 3 scene 4: what similar thing does Lady Macbeth recall regarding her husband’s behavior?
he believes in the supernatural bc he believes in the ghosts and witches act 3 scene 4: what does Macbeth reveal about his beliefs in the supernatural in his soliloquy on pg 118?
Macduff (he’s with Malcolm bc he doesnt trust Macbeth) act 3 scene 4: who do we learn hasnt attended the feast despite being invited?
to go back to the witches act 3 scene 4: what has Macbeth decided he must do in order to continue on with his plans of action?
she says he just needs sleep and then he’ll be fine act 3 scene 4: how does Lady Macbeth make her husband feel better after seeing the ghost?
he means that there a lot more evil/bad things to come; he’s still young and unexperienced act 3 scene 4: what does Macbeth mean when he says, “we are yet but young in deed”? what does this suggest about his future conduct?
head witch-she’s angry ab the witches’ involvement w/ Macbeth bc they interfered w/o her act 3 scene 5: who is Hecate and what does she think of the witches’ involvement with Macbeth?
she’s gonna give him a false sense of security to destroy him act 3 scene 5: what is Hecate’s strategy for Macbeth? what literary device is used here to allow the audience to learn of this plan before Macbeth does?
a false sense of security/feeling like youre invincable act 3 scene 5: what does Hecate say is man’s chiefest enemy?
Lennox doesnt trust him anymore act 3 scene 6: how does Lennox feel about Macbeth and the recent killings?
he’s gone to England to meet w/ Malcolm act 3 scene 6: what does the Lord tell us about the whereabouts of Macduff?
“Not I”: means he’s not interested act 3 scene 6: what was Macduff’s reply to being summoned by one of Macbeth’s messengers?
making a disgusting potion act 4 scene 1: what are the witches doing at the beginning of this act?
1) big helmeted head of Macduff = beware of Macduff2) a bloody baby = safe from anyone born of a woman3) nothing to fear until Birnam Woods comes to Dunsiny4) Banquo holding a mirror w/ the line of kings = his sons will be kings act 4 scene 1: what 3 (4) things does Macbeth learn from the witches and apparitions and how does he react to them?
he wants to kill his servant, family, and friends bc hes angry act 4 scene 1: how does Macbeth react to Macduff’s departure?
feels like its his fault; hes devastated act 4 scene 1: how does Macduff react to the news that his family has been slaughtered?
they team up with Siward to attack Dunsiny and plan to meet at Birnam Woods act 4 scene 1: what action is taken by Macduff and Malcolm
the doctor says she needs God bc there’s nothing he can do for her act 5: what significance does the doctor have?
bc they work for the Macbeth’s- need to keep their loyalty to them (they know that they know something they shouldnt) act 5: why wont the doctor or he gentlewoman tell anyone what theyve seen or heard?
insane act 5: what is Macbeth’s current psychological condition?
Malcolm and Macduff brought an army with them and they take down the branches and walk holding them act 5: how is the prophesy of Birnam Wood moving to Dunsinane Hill fulfilled?
he still thinks hes invincible act 5: why doesnt Macbeth put his armor on when he goes out to do battle?
Macduff wasnt born of a woman (his mom had a premature si-section) so Macbeth doesnt want to fight him anymore act 5: what is said that frightens Macbeth before he’s killed by Macduff?
Macduff decides this bc he killed Macduff-he grants the kingship to Malcolm act 5: who decides who becomes King and who does he choose?

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