Macbeth ACT 1

1. What is the effect of beginning the play with the witches? There shouldn’t be witches–they are unwanted in society (divine theory)– it sets the precedent for a conflict in the play.
2. Whom are the witches going to meet and when? The witches are going to meet Macbeth on the heath.
3. What are Graymalkin and Paddock? Graymalkin is a cat and Paddock is a toad.
4. Define couplet. A couplet is two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
5. What view or image do you have of the witches? Write down a description of how you would show them in a performance. I picture the witches as scraggly and withered. I would portray them as nasty and dark in a performance to truly capture the idea that they are unwanted and at the bottom of the societal chain.
1. Why is the man described as “bloody Captain” ? He is described as a Bloody Captain because he was fighting in the war for the King of Scotland.
2. Who is Macdonwald and what has he done? Macdonwald is from the Western Isles and he betrayed the King of Scotland (Duncan).
3. What has been done to Macdonwald and by whom? Macdonwald has been slaughtered by the great and mighty Macbeth.
4. Does that man’s death end the problem with rebels ? No, there are still two other significant forces leading the rebellion against the King of Scotland (Norweyan Lord and Thane of Cawdor)
5. Through this scene identify two similes that are used to describe Macbeth. What main idea to these similes accent about Macbeth? “like cannons double charged” conveys Macbeth’s perseverance, determination, and will to sacrifice”like valor’s minion” conveys Macbeth’s bravery
6. What does the King of Norway have to do to have his men buried? He has to pay King Duncan 10 thousand dollars.
7. What does King Duncan say about the traitor and his title? He says that the title of Thane of Cawdor shall be stripped of the traitor and given to Macbeth.
8. Define iambic pentameter. A line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable
9. List one example of iambic pentameter from scenes one or two. “And with his former title greet Macbeth”
1. Why is First Witch mad at the sailor’s wife? Because the sailor’s wife would not give her any chestnuts.
2. What does the witch do to punish her? She curses the woman’s husband to be stranded at see and not return home for over a year. (allusion to Odyssey)
3. What is the meaning of the phrase weird sisters? It is used to define the three witches and their importance in predicting Macbeth’s fate. (allusion to Greek mythology and sisters of fate)
4. What is Macbeth’s first line? “So foul and fair a day I have not seen”
5. Why might this line be important? It refers back to the motif: “fair is foul and foul is fair”
6. Does the witches’ description fit your original idea or image? No, I did not picture them to have beards.
7. What do the witches tell Macbeth? They tell Macbeth that he is the thane of glamis, cawdor, and soon to be king.
8. What happens to Macbeth when he hears this? He is confused, and demands to hear more from the witches.
9. What do the witches tell Banquo? That he shall not be as happy as Macbeth, yet be much happier, and he shall bear kings, but never rule as one.
10. What does Macbeth learn from Ross and Angus? Macbeth learns that he is Thane of Cawdor.
11. What is an aside? An aside is a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
12. List an example of an aside from this scene. EXAMPLE: Can the devil speak true? (page 21)
13. What antithesis/juxtaposition does Macbeth begin to echo? He starts to question whether or not he should kill the king.
14. What thoughts does Macbeth not share with Banquo? He thinks about murdering King Duncan.
15. Why could the first scene be cut or removed from the play? Because the first seen does nothing but establish that the witches will encounter Macbeth later and hint at a theme that is already prevalent throughout the entire play.
1. How does Cawdor die? The Thane of Cawdor is executed.
2. How does the King greet Macbeth and Banquo? He praises them for their great accomplishments and says he owes them everything.
3. What announcement does the King make? He announces that his son, Malcolm, is the heir to the thrown.
4. Where does the King intend to go? Macbeth’s dwelling: Inverness
5. How does Macbeth react to the King’s announcement of his heir? He hides his disappointment, but is secretly very upset by the news and excuses himself.
1. What information does Macbeth tell Lady M in his letter? He tells Lady Macbeth that strange witches told him he would be Thane of Cawdor and King, and he was given the title of Thane, so there’s a great possibility he’ll become king too.
2. What is a soliloquy? The act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
3. What are Lady Macbeth’s plans for her husband? She plans for her husband to become King of Scotland.
4. What does Lady Macbeth tell her husband to do? She tells her husband to man up, hide his true intent, and leave the rest to her.
List several examples of imagery which support the idea of hidden agendas or the that appearances can be deceiving. King Duncan says: “This castle hath a pleasant seat”King Duncan: “fair and noble hostess, we are your guest tonight”
2. What things does Lady Macbeth call Macbeth to get him to change his mind or to take action? She calls him a coward.
3. List two metaphors or similes that Lady M uses to prove her dedication to killing Duncan. She says she would deny her own child milk from her breast and bash it’s brains in
4. List the steps of Lady M’s plan for killing the King? -getting his guards drunk-killing Duncan in his sleep -blaming it on the drunk guards
When the hurlyburly’s done,When the battle’s lost and won. Witch
Yet do I fear thy nature;It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness. Lady Macbeth
Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top full Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose. Lady Macbeth
Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,But be the serpent under ‘t. Lady Macbeth
I have no spurTo prick the sides of my intent, but onlyVaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself,And falls on the other. Macbeth
Screw your courage to the sticking-place,And we’ll not fail. Lady Macbeth
False face must hide what the false heart doth know. Macbeth
Bring forth men-children only;For thy undaunted mettle should composeNothing but males. Macbeth
What time period did Shakespeare live in? late 1500s early 1600s
What are three to four effects Shakespeare has on the current world? -3,000 words into the English language-Credited to be the first writer to use modern prose -incorporated many genres of writing: comedic, tragic, romantic
What are three to four connections of Shakespeare to the Greeks? (ask rathe)
How was Shakespeare’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth and King James? Very good–without their support many of the plays would not have been possible (costumes, performance area)
Name 3 to 4 historical truths about Macbeth -Macbeth became ruler after he murdered King Duncan -King Duncan was a good King-Took place in Scotland

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