Macbeth Act. 1

When do the witches like to meet? (scene 1) During storms
What does the Captain tell Duncan and his sons? Macdonwald, thane of Cawdor, turned treasonous and began to work with the Norweigans. But brave, loyal Macbeth defeated him.
What is a tragic hero? A regular/good guy who falls from grace (the better his qualities, the harder he falls)
What does Duncan think of Macbeth? What does he do because of this? (scene 2) He thinks he is a good, loyal, man and therefore he makes him thane of Cawdor.
What story does the first witch tell the other witches about a sailor’s wife? Why? (scene 3) The woman wouldn’t give the witch chestnuts, so she kills the woman’s husband. To show that the witches mean business, they are scary.
Why are there three witches? for balance
How do the witches hail Macbeth? How does Macbeth respond? (scene 3) As the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and king thereafter. Macbeth is surpised and says that the thane of Cawdor is a gentlemen still living and says he is unbelievable.
What do the witches say about Banquo? (scene 3) that his children will be kings, but he himself will not
How does Banquo feel about prophecies (scene 3)? He says that evil often says sweet words as true and the temptation of fufilling them leads man to evil
How does Macbeth respond when he learns he has been made thane of Cawdor (scene 3)? He wonders how he will become king and speaks about it aside to Banquo, saying his kids will be king. He later writes a letter to his wife about it.
Who does Duncan say will be the next king? (scene 4) his son, Malcom
How does Macbeth respond to Malcom being next in line? (scene 4) He knows he became thane of Cawdor, so he thinks its assured he will be king. But to get there, he may have to resort to treason, maybe not so much the loyal man.
What is Macbeth going to do to prepare for the prestigous visit from the king? (scene 4) He shows humble/loyalty and says he will send his wife a letter
How does Lady Macbeth respond to Macbeth’s letter, she also says this about? (scene 5) She asks the spirits to take her womanlyness and turn it to iron treachery. She wants to be queen.
What does Lady Macbeth say of her husband ambition? (scene 5: “milk of human kindness” line) She says her husband has ambition, but not the wherewithall to get the job since he is too nice/kind, he won’t stop on anyone to get what he wants.
How does Lady Macbeth respond when she learns Duncan will be staying at her abode? (scene 5) She plots and wants to get rid of him
What does Lady Macbeth ask the spirits to do to her and why? She asks them to take away her womanly “milk of human kindness” and fill her “crown to toe” full of “direst cruelty.” This is so she has the strength to do what must be done and kill Duncan. (Act 5)
Does Macbeth automatically want to aquiese to Lady Macbeth’s plan? (scene 5, 7) No, he thinks he is still loyal to the king (he romantizes Duncan’s virtues), but Lady Macbeth pushes him to do it.
Does Duncan suspect Macbeths’ treachery? (scene 6) Not even a teeny bit
Does Macbeth recognize his own greed (scene 7)? yes
What does Lady Macbeth mean when she says she would pluck the nursing babe and dash it’s brains out? (scene 7) That she values Macbeth over all, even over her own child (she is barren, she lacks motherhood)
What Lady Macbeth do when Macbeth doubts? (scene 7) She emasculates him and goads him on

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