Macbeth Act 1-3

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair..” Speaker: First Witch, Second Witch, and Third Witch Audience: Audience Setting (Time and Place): Outdoors during a lightning storm Explanation: Philosophy about life commonly repeated by the witches Literary Device: chiasmus
“And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/In deepest consequence.” Speaker: Banquo Audience: Macbeth Setting-Time & Place: A Heath, After the Ross and Angus told Macbeth he is Thane of Cawdort Explanation: Banquo thinks that the witches are trying to gain Macbeth’s trust by telling him all these prophesies that come true so that they can destroy him Literary Device: personification
“Hie thee hither,/That I may pour my spirits in thine ear/And chastise with the valor of my tongue/All that impedes thee from the golden round . . .” Speaker: Lady Macbeth Audience: Macbeth Setting-Time & Place: Macbeth’s castle at Iverness; Just before Macbeth arrivedExplanation: Lady Macbeth hopes Macbeth will come home soon so she can persuade him to man up and do whatever it takes to become king Literary Device: Apostrophe
Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against The deep damnation of his taking-off; And pity, like a naked new-born babe Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubim, horsed Upon the sightless couriers of the air, Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, That tears shall drown the wind. Speaker: MacbethAudience: Audience Setting-Time & Place: Maceth’s castle. After Macbeth returned to the Castle Explanation: Macbeth thinks he shouldnt kill Duncan because he is beloved and news will spread and it would be very risky Literary Device: Simile
Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no More! Macbeth does murder sleep,’ the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, The deat of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm if hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast- Speaker: Macbeth! Audience: Lady Macbeth Setting-Time & Place: Courtyard of Macbeth’s castle. After Duncan’s murder Explanation: Macbeth said while he killed Duncan he heard one of Duncan’s men shouting that Macbeth had killed Literary Device: Metaphor
And when we have our naked frailties hid, That suffer in exposure, let us meet And questions this most bloody piece of work To know it further. Speaker: Banquo Audience: Macduff Malcolm and Donalbain Setting-Time & Place: Courtyard at Macbeth’s castle, After duncan’s death Explanation: Banquo says that when the time is right they should investigate Literary Device: personification
“Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a barren scepter in my grip, Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,No son of mine succeeding. If’t be so For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind, For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, Put rancors in the vessel of my peace Only for them, and mine eternal jewel Given to the common enemy of man To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings!” Speaker: Macbeth! Audience: Audience Setting-Time & Place: Palace at Forres Explanation: Macbeth realizes since no one in his lineage will become king all he has done is made sure Banquo’s ancestors get the crown Literary Device: Personification
“Ay in the catalogue ye go for men, As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs, Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept All by the name of dogs.” Speaker: Maceth Audience: First Murderer Setting-Time & Place: Palace at Forres Explanation: Macbeth says that the first murderer is a specific type of human in the same way hounds, mongrels, spaniels, etc. are all types of dogs Literary Device: Metaphor

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