Macbeth

When do the three witches plan to meet with Macbeth? Sunset upon the heath (open place) after “when the hurly-burly’s done/ when the battles lost and won
Fair is foul and foul is fair/ hover through the fog and filthy air. What do these lines mean and how are they an example of a paradox? Good is bad and bad and good. Something that looks bad may me good. Something that looks good may be bad. These lines are a paradox because something that may be true may be false.
How do these lines foreshadow what will happen in the play? What appears as a good deed may turn out to be a bad deed or vice versa. Appearances may be deceiving.
Why does King Duncan decide to give Macbeth the title of than of Cawdor? because the thane of cawdor is a traitor and macbeth fought for the King. Macbeth sliced open Macdonwald from the navel to the head, beheaded him and posted his head on the battlements.
How do Macbeths and Banquo’s deeds on the battlefield as described by the Captain “smack of honor”? Macbeth killed the traitor, macdonwald and Banquo is a loyal, brave solider
What is an example of an anachronism in line 72? “ten thousand dollars” because dollars dont belong in this time period
What are the witches two predictions for Macbeths future? Macbeth will be King of Scotland and Thane of Cawdor
What are the witches predictions for Banquo’s future? Banquo will father kings and he’ll be more fortunate than Macbeth
Why doesnt Macbeth believe that the witches’ predictions for him will come true? the thane of cawdor already lives and becoming king is not realistic as he is not in the line of succession.
Why is macbeth confused when Ross says he is now Thane of Cawdor? The witches just predicted he would hold this position. He thinks the thane of Cawdor is alive
What is the symbolism of borrowed robes? Borrowed Robes represents power of position. Macbeth has neither so how could he be Thane of Cawdor?
In his aside to Macbeth, what does Banquo warn him about his good fortune in becoming Thane of Cawdor Although according to the witches predictions, Macbeth is Thane of Glamise and Thane of Cawdor , they may be tricking him. Theyre instruments of darkness.
What is the paradox illustrated in Macbeth’s lines; ‘this supernatural soliciting may not be good may not be ill. If ill, why has it given me an earnest success? Macbeth becomes the Thane of Cawdor, which is good, but the information comes from something bad, the witches.
What are two different ways Macbeth imagines he could be crowned King. He could murder King Duncan and his successors, Malcolm and Donalbain, or by chance, he could be crowned King.
How does Banquo use clothing as a metaphor for position? A position, like an article of clothing, when first gained, may not feel comfortable but one is likely to get used to it.
For what offense what the Thane of Cawdor executed? Treason against the King of Scotland
King Duncan says the Thane of Cawdor was a gentlemen on whom I built an absolute trust. What does this indicate about his judgement of people. He demonstrates poor and naive judgement of people. He may to too trusting.
How is Macbeth’s entrance after line 16 an example of dramatic Irony? Duncan just talked about the Thane of Cawdor who betrayed him and Macbeth, who is thinking about uprising the Throne and perhaps murdering the King, enters. Duncan trusts Macbeth.
King Duncan says to Macbeth: “Would thou hadst less deserved, That the proportion both of thanks and payment might have been mine… More is thy due and all can pay” In what manner does Macbeth address the king and why do you think he does this? Macbeth is obsequious as if he is a humble servant to king Duncan to keep his trust and disguise he’s plotting against him. Macbeth may hope the king will pay him the compliment of making him his successor.
Contrast Banquo’s attitude regarding this with Macbeth’s attitude. Banquo’s concern is for the king; Macbeth is narcissistic.
What is the new title the king bestows upon his son, Malcolm? Prince of Cumberland, heir to the throne.
What is meant by Macbeths aside: The prince of cumberland! That is a step I must fall down, For in my way it lies, stars hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires. Now that Malcolm is the prince of cumberland he is in Macbeth’s way of becoming King so macbeth has to his this ambitions or figure out a way to get around.
What do lady macbeths lines regarding her fears about Macbeth’s character reveal about her character? She is fine if macbeth kills the king for power. She wouldnt let her morals get in the way of achieving a powerful position. She wants a powerful man who position will elevate her position to queen.
What does Lady Macbeth see as her role in Macbeth being crowned King? She will talk him into killing Duncan, so he’ll become king and she Queen.
Interpret Lady Macbeth’s speech Duncan will be killed in Macbeths home. She asks spirits to take away her womanly kindness so she can go through with killing the king. She doesnt want to feel any remorse for killing the King. She wants to be more powerful than any other forces. She doesnt want God or anyone else to know what she did.
Macbeth tells his wife that King Duncan will arrive tomorrow. What does Lady Macbeth mean when she tells Macbeth, Look like the innocent flower/ but the the serpent under it. Be respectful to Duncan but dont forget your purpose in murdering him. Be two faced.
What does Lady Macbeth mean when in reference to King Duncan, she says, “he thats coming/ must be provided for” Since Duncan is coming to their house, they must see he doesnt survive.
Why is Macbeth struggling with killing the King? Macbeth knows if he gets caught Killing the king he’ll be executed. Also he is the King’s trusted and loyal kinsman. The people will be upset and the angels will grieve. He doesnt have the nerve to kill duncan.
What does lady macbeth say to Macbeth to change his mind about not killing the king? She manipulates him by saying he isnt a real man unless he kills duncan. she questions his manhood and says he would kill him if he was a man
What is Lady Macbeth’s plan for King Duncan’s murder and its aftermath? When Duncan is sleep, Lady Macbeth will drug his guards’ wine and then kill Duncan with a sword. They will blame the guards.
What is it crucial for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to do as Macbeth directs in these lines “false face must hide what the false heart doth know” They must not arouse suspicion of killing the king. They must keep their true evil and guilt covered up so they dont get caught as duncans murderer/

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